Many workers spend their days on a computer keyboard, or using vibrating tools, both of which can cause a wrist problem known as carpal tunnel syndrome. It is part of the employers legal duties to protect their staff from such work related injuries, and if they have not, and your job has caused the condition, you may want to make personal accident claims in West Oxfordshire for compensation.
In the wrist there are eight small bones, known as the carpal bones and lying on top of them are the tendons that join the arm to the hand. These form the carpal tunnel and through it runs the main nerve to the hand, the median nerve. If this nerve gets damaged, you may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and want to make personal accident claims in West Oxfordshire.
The effects of carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel problems are very mild to start with, so much so that victims do not always realise they have a problem. The first thing they should do is stop the action that is causing it, and if they do not they may well experience:
- The first symptom is pins and needles, or a tingling sensation in the middle and index fingers..
- This then changes to pain in the same two fingers, and the pain can travel up your forearm.
- As it worsens, the fingers and parts of the palm may become numb.
- Some sufferers develop dry skin in the affected areas, as the condition gets worse.
- If carpal tunnel syndrome is not treated, 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.
As well as the workers that suffer from this condition, pregnant women are prone to it, but it does usually disappear once the baby has been born. Thankfully, carpal tunnel syndrome is curable with treatment, which is more than can be said with many other industrial conditions.
Making personal accident claims in West Oxfordshire with Accident Advice Helpline
Accidents of any type that were not your own fault comes within the realms of personal injury claims, and to make the process as easy as you possibly can for yourself you should contact Accident Advice Helpline. For over 14 years we have been providing claimants with the access to justice that is needed for most people to be able to make a personal injury claim, through the no win no fee* agreement.
Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 for friendly advice from one of our advisors. They will talk you through all the process of a claim, and then let you decide if you want to continue. You will have no obligation or pressure to continue, but have nothing to lose as we will not want any money to start your claim, or if your claim is lost.
Date Published: 12th August 2014