Can I Make Claims For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
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The work these sectors produce is important, but Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is often the result of dangerous workplace activities. To make a carpal tunnel syndrome claim, trust in the capable legal services of The Compensation Experts.
In short, CTS affects thousands of people around the UK. It’s a painful condition altering the feeling and mobility in the hands and wrists. CTS occurs as a result of the compression of the median nerve. Equally important, pregnant women and people with diabetes or arthritis have a high risk of contracting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome naturally.
The affliction CTS might happen to you, and your employer may be responsible. Either because you suffer an injury to your wrist, or you work regularly with vibrating tools. The Compensation Experts may be able to help.
What is a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claim?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is more than an irritant; it can be painful and limiting for those who suffer from it. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Numbness in fingers and hands, or pins and needles.
- Weak grip strength, or the lack of ability to grasp at all.
- Painful fingers, particularly the thumb, middle, and ring fingers.
- Limited dexterity making simple tasks like writing difficult.
According to Personnel Today in 2011:
CTS is considered the most common peripheral nerve entrapment syndrome. Its prevalence in the general population is estimated to be between 2.7% and 5.8%. It’s more common in women and manual worker occupational groups.
An Employer’s Responsibility to You
Employers have a duty of care by law to make an employee’s working environment safe. To be sure, that responsibility is clearly spelt out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Furthermore, the DDA 1995 (later the Equality Act 2010) expands further on those responsibilities.
It is the “duty of the employer to make reasonable adjustments” in relation to an employee with a disability.
Compensation claims for carpal tunnel syndrome may arise from the following employer faults:
- Neglecting to educate employees of the risks in their job associated concerning CTS.
- Failing to provide the correct equipment for the job, and train employees on how to safely use it.
- Not providing protective clothing, such as vibration-absorbing gloves or wrist supports.
- Being careless with the maintenance of a schedule which checks the working capability of tools and machinery. It’s imperative they do a quality check to ensure they work as they should and don’t vibrate more than acceptable.
- Not ensuring workers take regular breaks after the recommended period. For instance, tools like chainsaws and grinders should not be used for more than an hour at a time. By contrast, larger tools like pneumatic drills should only be used for 15 minutes at a time before resting.
In short, The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 is the main legislation addressing carpal tunnel syndrome claims (and other work illnesses). Compensation from your employer is possible in part due to MHOR 1992. Accordingly:
The MHOR 1992 set out a clear ranking of measures for dealing with risks from manual handling. These are:
First: avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable.
Second: assess any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.
Third: reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonably practicable.
CASE STUDY: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claim
An example of carpal tunnel syndrome claims features a gardener working for a local authority. The gardener began developing carpal tunnel syndrome after over a decade of working with everyday tools, including:
- Leaf blowers.
- Hedge cutters.
Additionally, the gardener occasionally uses concrete cutters. His employer was found to be responsible for his condition developing.
That’s because the client did not receive any training about the risk of prolonged use of vibrating tools. Plus, the client did not receive adequate vibration protection equipment.
Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claims
Your successful compensation claim starts with a simple call to The Compensation Experts. Our expert advisors offer you a free initial consultation to help determine whether you have grounds to make a claim.
When your claim is worth pursuing, we’ll pair you with a capable personal injury solicitor. This lawyer has the best experience to help you obtain the payment you deserve. They also offer you a direct point of contact regarding your case. You’ll have a direct line to them by phone to keep up to date with the latest developments.
We offer a conditional fee service, which is more commonly known as No win, no fee (*Conditions may apply. Please see details at the bottom of the page). This means that you are not at risk of a large legal bill if your claim is unsuccessful. If you don’t receive compensation, then you won’t pay your lawyer a penny.
Contact us today and find out more about how we can help you.
Some other personal injury claims we can help you with
There are several other Industrial Disease Claims we can help you with. Be it for legal advice and legal representation, we handle more than just Carpal Tunnel Syndrome claims.
For most of these diseases, your employer must reduce the risk of you developing these conditions at work. However, reach out to us if they
- Fail to take appropriate action, and;
- You had the diagnosis within the last 3 years, as there exists a time limit with the claims process.
Get in touch to make a claim if your asbestos-related disease diagnosis was within the last three years. On the other hand, we also handle cases for someone who dies from an asbestos-related disease. Please know the time limit restarts in these cases: a fresh three year period commences from the date of death.
- Do you use vibrating tools or machinery in the workplace?
- Did you receive a diagnosis for an industrial injury known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) in the last three years?
If so, you can claim compensation for pain, expenses, losses, and quality of life reductions as a result.
HAVS occurs as a result of exposure to intense vibration tools over a long period of time. That makes the condition fairly similar in nature to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Therefore, visit a medical specialist if you show signs of either condition to clarify the illness.
Chemical exposure can cause the skin to become itchy and inflamed. Known as industrial dermatitis or occupational dermatitis, it may result from damage caused by contact with:
- hazardous chemicals (Irritant Contact Dermatitis), or;
- by a sensitive reaction (Allergy Contact Dermatitis).
Susceptible workers include cleaners, hairdressers, hospital workers, and anyone who regularly comes into contact with chemicals like chlorine or pesticides.
Some of the symptoms of industrial dermatitis can include itching, swelling, blisters, flaky or dry skin. Additionally, chemicals that bring industrial dermatitis can cause a stinging or burning sensation on the skin.
Asthma is more than just a condition you tend to develop in different stages of childhood. At The Compensation Experts, we help working adults who develop the condition later in life. Especially when the disease is due to air pollution exposure to dust, dangerous fumes or gas in the workplace.
Asthma UK estimates up to 15% of the new diagnosis of asthma in adults is occupational asthma. Susceptible employees to occupational asthma include those in these work sectors.
- For instance, workers close to a cloud of the wood dust-generating atmospheres (namely, bakers and cabinet makers).
- Animal and agriculture workers.
- Hairdressers, hairstylists and others who work regularly with other people’s heads.
- People who work with metals or solder flux.
In particular, the law firms of The Compensation Experts can also help clients who are suffering from workplace stress. Stress and anxiety are, unfortunately, a part of the lives of many people. When a psychiatric injury is the result of excessive stress at work, a client may deserve compensation.
Another workplace injury is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). In short, RSI occurs when one carries out the same activity or motion repeatedly over a long period of time. Office workers frequently using keyboards and computers are susceptible to RSI. It typically affects the upper body and can lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis, (i.e. swelling and inflammation of the tendons and muscles) are examples of RSI.
Hearing loss is most common amongst clients who work in an industrial setting, as well as call centres and agriculture. Employers should ensure staff who work in a noisy environment have access to adequate ear protection. To wit, their responsibility is clearly outlined in The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. In turn, there’s no reason for employers not to follow defined Health and Safety procedures.
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.Find out more
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.Find out more