Could you make a carpal tunnel syndrome claim?
As our world has become more computerised, repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome have become more commonplace. Approximately one worker in every 50 in the UK has reported an RSI condition at some point, many of whom will have gone on to make a successful carpal tunnel syndrome claim.
Definition of carpal tunnel syndrome
The carpal tunnel is the area in your wrist where the meridian nerve enters the hand. If pressure is put on this narrow area or it swells, pinching in the nerve occurs which causes pain, tingling and numbness. Weakness or muscle damage of the fingers and the hand also occur. This condition is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Typical symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Difficulty gripping or carrying objects or bags;
- Muscle wasting under the thumb;
- Pain which extends to the elbow;
- Problems with coordination or making small movements with the fingers;
- Tingling sensations or numbness in the elbow;
- Tingling sensations or numbness in the thumb and first two or three fingers;
- Weakness in the hand(s); and
- Wrist or hand pain.
Suffering to a greater or lesser extent from any combination of the above symptoms can have a significant impact on your life, putting strain on your personal relationships and perhaps finances too, if you have to take time off work regularly.
What can cause carpal tunnel syndrome?
As with other repetitive strain injuries, it is believed that in most cases carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of performing a repeated action on a daily basis which involves movement of the hand and wrist. It is therefore unsurprising that here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are contacted by many people who want to make a carpal tunnel syndrome claim as the result of the job that they do. Those who type on a computer keyboard all day or use power tools or vibrating machinery which requires repetitive movement of the hand and wrist are more at risk of developing such injuries.
Can I make a carpal tunnel syndrome claim?
If you can prove that you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome injury through no fault of your own and within the last three years, perhaps as a direct result of your job, then you may be able to receive compensation as a result of an injury at work claim. However, as carpal tunnel syndrome can also be caused by other factors, including alcohol abuse, obesity and rheumatoid arthritis, you will have to provide sufficient evidence in order to support your work-related carpal tunnel syndrome claim.
Reasons to make a carpal tunnel syndrome claim
- Your quality of life has been significantly reduced as a result of developing carpal tunnel syndrome through no fault of your own;
- You lose work pay through having to take time off for medical appointments, as a result of pain or an inability to perform your job tasks; and
- You have surgery to treat your carpal tunnel syndrome and cannot return to work for a long while, thereby losing out on wages and possibly bonuses.
To discuss making a carpal tunnel syndrome claim, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 free from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 28th February 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Industrial illness claims