Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation

When it comes to injuries, it’s important to remember that no matter how big or small your injury, if it hasn’t been caused by you then you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an injury that commonly occurs in the workplace, in offices, where employees are regularly required to use a computer as part of their job position. 

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The office is frequently considered a relatively safe environment compared to many working areas, but if the correct precautions and treatments aren’t taken then the computer can present just as much of a risk as any other item of machinery.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to the pain felt in central hand area, or numbness in the fingers, as a result of nerve pressure from strained or stressed muscle tissue. The syndrome occurs when one area of the hand is over worked, which cause strain and stress to the muscle and surrounding tissue. This in turn causes the muscle to swell and place additional stress on surrounding nerves, which causes the pain which we commonly feel. 

How is it caused?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by a number of reasons, some of the most common include:

  • Writing, painting or anything that involves using a tight grip
  • Common sports including tennis which involve using a grip
  • Typing, assembly line work or any form of repetitive hand motion
  • Driving and sewing.

What symptoms might I get?

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can range from relatively minor injuries to persistent and longer term injuries, depending on the nature of the damage. Some common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Arthritis – if the joints are left untreated the problems can become chronic leading to arthritis
  • Pain anywhere in the hands, fingers or elbows which can be either a sharp, piercing pain or a small tingling sensation
  • Numbness or loss of feeling in the surrounding area, including hands and fingers
  • Loss of grip or strength in one or both hands.

Who can I claim against?

When it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome there are a number of liable parties that you can claim against, if the injury has been caused through no fault of your own. If carpal tunnel has been caused in the workplace then you may be eligible to claim against your employer if they did not provide you with the correct protective equipment. You could also be able to claim against them if you were not given the correct training or warning against any injuries that you could incur in the workplace. 

What should I do next?

If you feel that you have been left out of pocket through the negligence of another person then you may be able to claim for compensation to cover any costs that you have incurred. At Manners Pimblett we will work with you to gain back any money to which you are entitled.

So what are you waiting for? Call the Manners Pimblett team today on 0845 077 0772.

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