There are many industrial conditions that can develop because of the negligence of your employer. Some of them are incurable and life threatening, others, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can be remedied with minor surgery, but can still cause months of pain and discomfort before that is done, and you are just as entitled to make a North Hertfordshire accident at work claim for it, as you are for any other of the more serious industrial illnesses and conditions.
The effects of carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the main nerve to your hand becomes trapped or inflamed as it runs through the eight carpal bones that together with ligaments form the carpal tunnel.
The symptoms usually start with:
- Pins and needles in the index and middle fingers
- Burning and tingling sensations in the same two fingers
- Pain in the fingers which may travel up the forearm
- Aches at the base of the thumb, where muscle wasting can occur if the condition is ignored
The usual treatment for this condition is surgery to release the nerve, and the only affect left from it a tiny scar on the wrist. Before the treatment though, the victim will find that at night time the condition gets worse, and it can be severe enough to make sleeping difficult.
Preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, and a North Hertfordshire accident at work claim
Employers have a legal duty to make sure that they protect your health and safety for while you are at work. This responsibility includes making sure you do not contract industrial illnesses or conditions.
There are many reasons that carpal tunnel syndrome happens, most of them work related, and the reasons include:
- Repeated forceful pinch grips
- Regular heavy lifting
- Repeated direct pressure on the base of the palm
- Repeated use of vibrating tools
- Constant and regular use of a keyboard
- Repeated forceful bending of the wrist
As soon as you have any inkling you have this condition, you should stop the action that is causing it, and seek medical treatment before it gets any worse.
Making a North Hertfordshire accident at work claim
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, or any other injury or condition caused by someone else, you should be getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to get the expert help and advice you need to give your claim it’s best chance of success.
Why not give us a call on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, where one of our friendly advisers is waiting to assist you. They will give you free legal advice regarding your claim without any obligation or pressure, the choice to make a personal injury claim has to be your own.
The thing that makes many victims proceed is when they realise they are not taking any financial risk in making a claim. We work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, so never ask for money to start the claim, or if the claim is lost.
Date Published: 1st October 2014