In our wrist we have eight small bones called the carpal bones. Running over them is a tough tendon, forming a tunnel known as the carpal tunnel. Through this runs the main nerve to the hand, the median nerve, and if this becomes inflamed or trapped, you have a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
This condition can be caused in many ways, most of them work related and preventable. It is often caused by the constant use of a keyboard and the risk of this can be reduced by something as simple as a wrist rest.
The problem is that employers do not always take the care they should to protect their employees from such conditions, and if that is the case, the employee could be entitled to make a personal injury claim in Epsom and Elwell for compensation.
How you will know you have carpal tunnel syndrome and want to make a personal injury claim in Epsom and Elwell
Initially, you might not be aware you have the condition, because is starts very mild, but you may experience:
- Pins and needles in the middle and index fingers
- This eventually turns to aches in the same two fingers, which can spread up the palm of the hand and the forearm
- The fingers lose grip and it becomes difficult to use them
- If ignored, muscle wasting can start at the base of the thumb
The condition seems to be worse at night and some sufferers wear a wrist support to try and ease it.
Treating carpal tunnel syndrome
The very first thing to do, as soon as you realise you may have this problem, is to stop doing whatever is causing it. As well as the keyboard scenario, it could be excessive twisting of the wrist or a forceful knock to the wrist that damages the nerve.
Pregnant women are prone to carpal tunnel syndrome, but in their case, it does tend to disappear after the baby is born, without any treatment.
For others, minor surgery is the normal treatment. A small cut is made in the wrist and one of the other nerves in the tunnel is snipped, to relieve the pressure on the median nerve. Apart from a tiny scar on the wrist, generally there is no other sign of the condition, and the hand returns to normal.
Making a personal injury claim in Epsom and Elwell with Accident Advice Helpline
This condition should not have been allowed to happen in the first place, and if your employer did not comply with the health and safety regulations to prevent it, you could be entitled to claim compensation from them.
Chat to our friendly advisors on Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone number, 0800 180 4123, and tell them about whatever accident and injuries you have. They will be able to let you have whatever details you need about making a compensations claim, so that you can make an informed decision whether to continue or not.