There are many different types of industrial accidents, all with different levels of severity. One of the most common ones we see is carpal tunnel syndrome. Your employer should take steps to ensure the chances of you suffering from this are minimised, if they do not then you could be eligible to make an accident at work claim in Cheltenham.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is an area of your wrist made up of carpal bones, and the main nerve and ligaments that control your hand and fingers. The main nerve is called the median nerve and it branches of individually to all your fingers.
If for any reason this nerve becomes damaged or inflamed it causes carpal tunnel syndrome. While not always being immediately aware that you’re suffering from the condition, it will get gradually worse and can only be corrected by an operation.
What if you need to make a Cheltenham at work claim for it?
Everyone’s employer has a legal duty to ensure they minimise the likelihood of you developing the syndrome, as they do all industrial illnesses and hazards. If they haven’t taken the correct precautions then you could be entitled to make a Cheltenham accident at work claim.
Just a few of the actions below being performed repeatedly are known to contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome and similar:
- Regular heavy lifting
- Vibrating tools being heavily used
- Constant keyboard use
- Repeated bending of the wrist in a forceful manner
- Consistent and regular pressure on the base of your palm
- The constant squeezing of pliers or pinch grips
What are the first signs of carpal tunnel syndrome?
This condition usually develops over a prolonged period of time, and you may not realise immediately that you have it. The earliest symptoms can be very mild, and attributed to something else, or just shrugged off. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Muscle wasting at the base of the thumb can cause an ache in this region
- The main two fingers affected are usually the index and middle fingers, and these often experience numbness, pins and needles, or a burning sensation.
- Fingers can also be painful, and sometimes the pain will feel as if it is travelling up your arm.
Thankfully carpal tunnel syndrome can be completely cured, but the worse it is the more likely you will suffer longer term effects, so as soon as you suspect you have the condition you should cease any actions you think may have contributed to causing it.
Using the professionals for your Cheltenham accident at work claim
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and carry out anything that has contributed to it while undertaking your employment, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim against your employer. Contact Accident Advice Helpline to speak to one of our specialists and see exactly how strong a case you have today.
You can use our freephone number, 0800 180 4123. Speak to one of our friendly advisors and get help and advice from the specialists. They will give you free legal advice, and if you wish to proceed they’ll start your personal injury compensation claim.