Do you live in Staddle Bridge? Have you suffered from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? If so you might be looking to make a claim.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be extremely painful and occurs when too much pressure is placed on the median nerve. Pain in the hands or wrists is the main symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome, but people may also experience swelling, weakness and numbness in the injured area.
Most people recover from carpal tunnel syndrome within two weeks. Recovery requires resting the affected hand and wrist by immobilizing the wrist in a splint. In more serious cases, however, surgery may be required and this could result in a great deal of time off work.
If you’ve developed carpal tunnel syndrome because of your job, you may have grounds to make a compensation claim in Staddle Bridge.
Who is at risk of developing the Syndrome?
People who work in jobs where they have to carry out repetitive tasks day in, day out are at a high risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. For example, if you are an assembly line worker you are especially at risk of developing Carpal tunnel syndrome. The syndrome is quite common in those who work in the following areas:
- Meat packing
- Fish packing
- Poultry factory
However, there are many other types of repetitive jobs where you can develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Accident Advice Helpline deal with carpal tunnel syndrome claims that arise from any form of employment.
What should you do if you develop carpal tunnel syndrome?
First and foremost you should visit your doctor who can verify that you have carpal tunnel syndrome and you can receive treatment. Once you are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, you should inform your employer. A diagnosis in writing from your doctor may be required. You employer has a duty to make a note of your injury in the accident log book and report it to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). Carpal tunnel syndrome is an injury reportable under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) which was set up to safeguard employees in the workplace.
All employers have a duty of care to their staff and it is important that they make sure the risks of developing carpal tunnel syndrome are minimal. Some examples of things employers can do to minimize the risks of employees developing carpal tunnel syndrome are:
- Carrying out a full risk assessment
- Providing proper training to staff
- Rotating the work
- Providing short frequent breaks.
Accident Advice Helpline have extensive experience of dealing with a wide variety of compensation claims, including carpal tunnel syndrome claims. If you have experienced this painful condition and it is related to the type of job you do, call one of our friendly advisors today on 0800 689 0500 to make a compensation claim or to find out more information.
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Date Published: 22nd August 2013