All employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of their employees while they are at work, and if they fail in this duty the employee could be entitled to make a personal injury claim in Fareham. This does not apply just to one off accidents but to industrial conditions that develop over time as well, just one of them being carpal tunnel syndrome.
The causes of carpal tunnel syndrome
There are many ways to sustain this injury, most of them work related and some of the causes are:
- The constant use of a keyboard without a wrist rest
- Excessive twisting and turning of the wrist
- Direct pressure on the wrist
For some unknown reason pregnant women are prone to this condition but it usually disappears when the baby has been born.
An explanation of carpal tunnel syndrome
Although carpal tunnel syndrome is a wrist injury, most of the symptoms are in the fingers and hand. Running through the wrist are eight small bones called the carpal bones. Lying on top of them is a tough tendon, and the two together form a tunnel. Through this tunnel runs the main nerve to the hand, which splits into five when it reaches the palm of our hand. If this nerve becomes trapped or inflamed, then the victim has carpal tunnel syndrome.
Part of the problem is that it starts with occasional pins and needles in the tip of the index and middle finger, so victims do not always realise they have a problem. After a while this changes to a tingling sensation and moves down the same two fingers. It eventually reaches the thumb and if not treated the muscles at the base of the thumb start to waste.
The tingling eventually turns to aches and pains, which can move up the forearm as well.
The condition seems to be worse at night, and some sufferers sleep in wrist supports in an effort to relieve it while they sleep.
Treating carpal tunnel syndrome
The good news is, carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the few industrial conditions that are curable. Minor surgery to relieve the nerve is usually done as a day patient, and the only sign the victim has had this injury is a tiny scar on their wrist.
Making a personal injury claim in Fareham with Accident Advice Helpline
If you are suffering from an industrial illness, or have been injured in any way that was not your own fault, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline and discuss making a personal injury claim in Fareham to get the compensation you are entitled to.
We are experts in making personal injury claims and have the experience and knowledge you want on your side when making a claim.
If you want more information about how we can help you get the compensation you are entitled to, contact us through one of the online options on our website or call our helpline and speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0800 689 0500 (landlines) or 0333 500 0993 (mobiles).
Date Published: 21st October 2014