Employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of employees while they are at work, not just from a one-off accident but also from problems that can develop over time. One of the mildest of these problems is carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a bit different because it can be caused by a one-off accident at work in South Holland or by long-term actions in a victim’s job.
In our wrist, the main nerve to the hand runs through a tunnel of bones and tendons. If this nerve gets damaged or inflamed, carpal tunnel syndrome is the result. The damage occurs because of some form of pressure on the wrist, which can be caused by:
- Constant use of a keyboard;
- A forceful knock to the wrist;
- An excessive twist of the wrist;
- Prolonged use of vibrating tools;
- Repeated direct pressure to the base of the palm;
- Excessive forceful bending of the wrist;
- Regular forceful pinch grips; or
- Heavy lifting.
Unlike lots of other industrial illnesses, this condition is curable and should leave no long-term effects, providing it is not ignored and the victim gets the medical treatment the condition needs.
How you will know you have this condition after an accident at work in South Holland
Many victims do not realise they have a problem to start with, as the first sign is pins and needles in your index and middle fingers. After a while, this turns to aches and pains in the same two fingers, which can spread across your palm and up your arm.
If it is not dealt with, the palm and fingers eventually go numb and there can be muscle wasting at the base of the thumb. However, most victims are so aggravated by carpal tunnel syndrome that they will have got the medical treatment they need before it even reaches this stage.
Treating Carpal tunnel syndrome after an accident at work in South Holland
If you have any inkling that you may have this condition, the first thing you should do is stop the action you think is causing it and allow your wrist time to heal. Resting the wrist is the most important thing, but painkillers and things like wrist splints can help, particularly at nighttime when the condition seems to worsen.
In the worst cases, surgery is needed to relive the pressure on the nerve. This is usually very successful — very few victims have any ongoing effects from carpal tunnel syndrome.
It should not have happened; now you may be able claim compensation
Your employer should not have allowed this to happen, as they should have health and safety measures in place to prevent it. They may be liable to pay you compensation, in which case you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to discuss making a personal injury compensation claim.
If you want to make a personal injury compensation claim, you should call our freephone number on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our friendly advisors, who will give you free legal advice regarding your claim. Or, you can try the 30-second test on our website. This will not only let you know whether or not your claim is valid, but will also give you a rough idea of how much your injury is worth.
Date Published: 17th May 2014