The Health and Safety Executive estimates that more than one million people in the UK suffered from a work-related illness last year. If you’ve had an accident at work or you are experiencing ill health as a result of your employment, you may wish to consider claiming compensation.
One relatively common work-related illness is carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition, which affects the wrist.
Work-related illnesses: Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition, which is caused by compression of the median nerve; this is the nerve, which is responsible for controlling actions in the thumb and some of the fingers. The carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel-like structure, which performs the role of a pulley, allowing your hands to move. The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome result from this nerve becoming squashed.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- numbness and tingling sensations in the thumb, middle and index fingers
- weakness in the thumb
- a persistent dull ache in the lower half of the hand
Many people find that their symptoms get worse during the day and are most severe at night.
Reducing your risk of work-related injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome include family history, pregnancy and manual; employees who regularly use their wrists to perform actions such as typing, scrubbing, assembling or building have a high risk of developing this condition.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an overuse injury, which means that the best way to reduce pain and prevent further damage, is to rest. Physiotherapy can also be helpful, as it gradually strengthens the muscles in the wrist.
Can I make a work injury claim for carpal tunnel syndrome?
If you’ve had a work accident, you’ve had a slip, trip or fall at work or you have an illness as a result of working, and you can prove that you are not to blame, you may be eligible for work accident compensation.
If your accident was in the last 3 years and you have relevant information to support your claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline. The firm was set up more than 12 years ago with the aim of providing consumers with a reliable and dependable service, which enables them to get the compensation they deserve without unnecessary hassle or stress. The personal injury lawyers have a great deal of experience in a number of areas, including industrial deafness claims and repetitive strain injury claims.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Industrial deafness claims