Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claims
The carpal tunnel is a small passageway made up of fibrous tissues, running from the wrist into the hands. Inside there are tendons and nerves which control movement in our hands, when this tunnel gets blocked and the median nerve is compressed numbness and discomfort in the hands appear causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Numbness in the hands
- Pins and needles
- Pain in the thumb, middle finger and ring finger ( where the median nerve extends to)
- Dropping objects more frequently than usual
- Waking abruptly in the night; some medical experts believe that sleeping on one side may be an associated element
- Difficulty performing jobs that require more dexterity e.g. changing a battery in a radio
- Extra fluid or inflammation often causes the space inside the carpal tunnel to shrink
putting strain on the median nerve, triggering pain.
- Pregnant women can experience the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome during gestation.
- Repetitive actions such as playing sports, typing on a keyboard, working on a sewing machine or with vehicle controls initiates swelling and inflammation in the wrist resulting in CTS.
- Research indicates that genetics can be a contributing factor to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, those who are shorter in height can be predisposed to the condition.
- Hormonal abnormalities can contribute to the reduction of space in the carpal tunnel and also result in symptoms of CTS.
- Direct damage like a broken wrist can also cause symptoms.
Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common yet painful disorder and can prevent people from carrying out simple tasks. Avoiding repetitive movements during work and leisure, taking frequent breaks, wearing wrist supports when needed and making sure your seating station at work is positioned properly can ease symptoms.
In more serious cases it is possible to get anti-inflammatory medication from your GP who may also suggest wearing a wrist splint or steroid injections to reduce swelling.
An operation named ‘carpal tunnel release’ is carried out in more severe cases which reduces the pressure on the median nerve. Surgery of this nature has high success rates and patients can return to normal life. In very rare cases, the outcome of CTS can be long-term nerve-damage with constant numbness and weakness.
One of the most common reasons why office workers seek a claim for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is because of the repetitive strain on their wrists. Typing on a keyboard and navigating a mouse are two main causes.
Manual workers are at risk if they are carrying out daily tasks requiring them to form an unusual bodily posture or continually lifting or moving heavy tools or machinery in a rhythmic manner. Again this can place strain on various parts of the body including the wrists.
The following activities are the most common:
- Repetitive pinching or clenching grips
- Continual bending of the wrist
- Repetitive heavy lifting
- Applying repetitive pressure on the base of your palm
In the first instance it is important to establish how you acquired CTS and to have it confirmed by a doctor. Employers have a duty of care to look after the safety of their employees; if they have failed to perform the required standard for health and safety in the work place and did not take any preventative action to stop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome then you could be eligible to make a claim for personal injury.
Making Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claims For Compensation
Jefferies Solicitors have a full team of expert personal injury solicitors who can help and advise regarding making a claim for personal injury compensation and in particular, carpal tunnel syndrome claims, as a result of an injury at work.
In the first instance you can easily speak to one of our advisers by either calling us for free on 0800 342 3206 or by completing our initial injury claim contact form online. One of our team will then call you back within 4 working hours to take the initial details regarding your claim and can advise further.
Your call with us will be held in a confidential and informal manner.