Do you have carpal tunnel syndrome and need to make a injury claim in Scarborough?
In the wrist, there are eight bones known as the carpal bones. On top of these bones are the tendons that control the movement of our fingers. The space in between these is called the carpal tunnel. The main nerve in the hand runs into the centre of the palm and then splits into five for the fingers. If this nerve gets damaged, you may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and be able to make an injury claim in Scarborough.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can have a wide array of causes
Many of the causes are work-related, such as:
- Excessive forceful bending of the wrist;
- Excessive forceful pinch grips;
- Regular heavy lifting;
- Repeated direct pressure to the base of the palm; and
- Constantly using vibrating tools.
All employers have a legal duty to ensure that they protect the health and safety of their employees. If they fail in this duty, and you contract carpal tunnel syndrome as a result, then you may be able to make an injury claim in Scarborough.
What are the symptoms?
Although the symptoms will start quite minor, they do not take long to progress if ignored. Some of the things you may experience are:
- The muscles will start to weaken and can eventually start to waste at the base of the thumb. This can lead to a lack of grip;
- This then changes to pain in the same two fingers. The pain can travel up your forearm;
- The first symptom is pins and needles, or a tingling sensation in the middle and index fingers. You may not notice it happening, because it may just be in your fingertips;
- As it worsens, the fingers and parts of the palm may become numb; and
- Some sufferers develop dry skin in the affected areas as the condition gets worse.
Symptoms can initially be spasmodic, but over a short period of time can become much more persistent. It is also known to affect both hands at the same time, making the effects even more debilitating.
Can they do anything to treat it?
Once you become aware of the symptoms, you need to isolate potential causes and cease all these actions. Continuation of the cause will not allow the wrist any time to rest or heal, and will greatly increase the discomfort caused.
Is there anything else they can do?
- Surgery to release the nerve;
- Steroid injections; and
- A wrist splint can help at nighttime.
If you do think you may have a personal injury claim
If you have been injured in any way through no fault of your own, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500. We have the experience you need to make a successful personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: 15th September 2013
Author: David Brown