In recent times, here at Accident Advice Helpline we have seen an increase in the number of claims made for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). We do not expect a decline in such claims at any time soon, since people nowadays are working for longer hours each day as they try to make ends meet.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common type of repetitive strain injury which is usually recognised as a work-related upper limb disorder. This painful condition is caused by performing jobs that require small, repetitive hand or wrist movements over an extended period of time. People who work for long hours at assembly lines are just as susceptible to CTS as those who spend most of the day typing away on computer keyboards are.
Typical symptoms of CTS include pain, numbness, weakness and throbbing or tingling of the wrist and the surrounding area. In some cases, these symptoms may be accompanied by swelling of the affected wrist or hand. Unfortunately, many people ignore these symptoms and put off receiving medical treatment until it is too late.
If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of your occupation, you might be eligible to claim compensation from your employer.
Is my claim for carpal tunnel syndrome valid?
You can claim personal injury compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome if you can prove that your employer, whether current or previous, is responsible for the injury in question. Additionally, you need to have received medical treatment for the injury around the time that it happened, and you should have the necessary medical records to prove this.
Finally, the claim should be made within the time limits allowed by the law. In the UK, this generally means that you should make the claim within three years of your injury, or within three years of receiving your diagnosis from a doctor in the case of an industrial illness which can take some time to manifest itself. However, there are exceptions to this rule.
Why should I claim compensation?
The main reason for making a carpal tunnel syndrome claim is to recoup the expenses you have incurred as a direct result of your injury. This includes the money you have spent on treatment, the cost of medicine, transport expenses to and from the hospital, and the cost of specialised care or rehabilitation needed in order to complete your recovery.
In addition to compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured, the payout you receive should also cover any loss of present or future income due to your injury. The amount you receive in compensation will help you to get back on your feet.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
As one of Accident Advice Helpline’s clients, you will have access to some of the best personal injury solicitors in the UK. We have an extensive nationwide team of solicitors, all of whom work on a 100% no win no fee* basis, which simply means that you do not have to pay any fees for initiating the claim process or in the case that you are unsuccessful.
You can get in touch with us for free on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or by dialling 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. Alternatively, you can complete the contact form on our website and one of our friendly advisors will call you back as soon as possible.
Date Published: November 3, 2013
Author: David Brown