Finding a lawyer in Swindon for carpal tunnel syndrome
It does not matter where you live, whether its in Swindon or anywhere else in the UK — your employer has a legal responsibility to make sure that your health and safety are protected for while you are at work. If this does not happen, and you are injured in an accident caused by their negligence, you can make a personal injury compensation claim using an injury lawyer in Swindon at Accident Advice Helpline.
It is not just one-off accidents against which they need to protect you, but also the longer-term conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
All about carpal tunnel syndrome
In the wrist, there are eight bones known as the carpal bones. Lying on top of them are the tendons that join the arm to the hand. The space between the two is known as the carpal tunnel, and through this runs the main nerve to the hand, which splits into five when it reaches the palm. If this nerve gets damaged, you may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and be able to make a personal injury claim (probably against your employer, as most cases are work-related). The actions that could cause it, among others, are:
- Excessive forceful bending of the wrist;
- Excessive forceful pinch grips;
- Constantly using a keyboard;
- Regular heavy lifting;
- Repeated direct pressure to the base of the palm; and
- Constantly using vibrating tools.
You may have carpal tunnel syndrome and need to make a personal injury claim using an injury lawyer in Swindon if your job entails any of these and your fingers start to tingle.
How you will know you have the condition
Although the signs will start quite minor, they do not take long to progress if ignored. Some of the things you may experience are as follows:
- The first symptom is pins and needles, or a tingling sensation in the middle and index fingers. To start with, you may not notice it happening because it may just be in your fingertips.
- If carpal tunnel syndrome is not treated, the muscles will start to weaken and can eventually start wasting at the base of the thumb. A lack of grip will become apparent.
- This then changes to pain in the same two fingers, which can travel up your forearm.
- As it worsens, the fingers and parts of the palm may become numb.
Both hands can be affected, often at the same time. Initially the symptoms are spasmodic, but as the condition gets more serious it becomes persistent and can cause much discomfort. It is usually worse at nighttime, and this is when a wrist splint can sometimes help.
Claiming for your condition
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 180 4123. We have the experience you need to make a successful personal injury compensation claim.
Over the last 15 years, we have handled many thousands of claims and made sure the claimants have received the compensation they deserved. Many of those cases have been for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Date Published: 11th March 2014
Author: David Brown