All UK employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of their employees while they are at work. This does not just relate to one off accidents, but also to longer term conditions that build up over time. One of these is known as carpal tunnel syndrome, and it is one of the few that is curable. But curable or not, it will still cause the victim pain and discomfort until it has been dealt with, and it is preventable. If you contract carpal tunnel syndrome because of the negligence of your employer, you may want to speak to an accident lawyer about claiming for industrial illnesses in Motherwell.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
In our wrist there are eight small bones called the carpal bones. Running over them is a tendon, which with the bones form a tunnel. Running through this tunnel is the main nerve to the hand and fingers. If this nerve becomes damaged or inflamed, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome start to appear.
The sufferer does not always realise they have a problem to start with, as all they will experience is a few pins and needles in the index finger and the finger next to it. But if it is ignored, these turn to aches, which can spread to the palm of the hand and the wrist. If it is not treated, muscle wasting can start to occur at the base of the thumb.
This condition causes pain and discomfort for the victim, particularly at night-time when it seems to get worse. For some unknown reason, women are more prone to this condition than men.
Constant pressure or excessive twisting of the wrist will cause it, and it is sometimes called typists wrist because keyboard users are a typical example of sufferers. In this case, the use of a simple keyboard wrist rest to stop the pressure can greatly reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome developing.
Generally, the treatment is a minor operation on the wrist to relieve the pressure in the carpal tunnel.
Claiming for industrial illnesses in Motherwell – contact the experts at Accident Advice Helpline
Although carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the milder industrial conditions, there are many that are much worse, and some that have fatal consequences. Your employer should do whatever they can to reduce the risk of these happening, and failure to do so leaves them open to a compensation claim.
If you have contracted any industrial illness, the time limit for making your claim is three years from the date the condition is diagnosed. This is because some of them can take many years to show themselves.
In this situation, you need the best legal representation on your side – you need Accident Advice Helpline. We are specialists in personal injury claims of all types, and have already helped many thousands of innocent victims get the compensation they were entitled to.
Now let us help you – just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, or use your mobile and call 0333 500 0993. You can chat with our friendly advisors about your condition, and they will help you all they can with your claim. We handle many of them over the phone, doing away with the need for most of our claimants to visit court.
Just make that call today, and get your claim underway.
Date Published: 29th November 2014
Author: David Brown