Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS as it is a relatively common condition that causes pain, numbness, weakness or a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers.
These sensations tend to develop gradually and seem to increase during the night. They usually affect the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger.
Other symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- pins and needles (paraesthesia)
- thumb weakness
- a dull ache in the hand or arm
What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the nerve (median nerve) that controls sensation and movement in the hands.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in your wrist made up of small bones and a tough band of tissue. It acts as a pulley for the tendons that bend the fingers.
It’s not known why the median nerve becomes compressed in most cases, although if you are seeking compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome the following factors are thought to increase the risk of CTS developing:
- injuries to the wrist due to an accident
- strenuous, repetitive work with the hand such as
- vibrating machinery or tools
- Repeated forceful bending of the wrist
- Regular heavy lifting
- Repeated direct pressure on base of the palm over the carpel tunnel area
- Repeated forceful pinch grips
- Typing has also been known to possibly cause CTS
If you carry out any of the activities above in your workplace and you suffer from CTS symptoms then you could claim compensation from your employers. Please note that a family history of CTS, pregnancy (up to 50% of pregnant women develop CTS), other health conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis must also be taken into consideration when assessing your claim.
Can Compensation Help my CTS syndrome?
You can claim for compensation from your existing or previous employers if you have developed CTS. Your compensation may include amounts for:
loss of income caused by time taken off work because of CTS
pain and suffering you are experiencing and which could possibly continue into the future (including any surgery)
Any loss of future employment because of CTS
Private health care to help you to recover as quickly as possible
If work related, stop future colleagues developing the illness due to employers providing adequate training, equipment or protective clothing.
How Can Johnson Law Solicitors Help You With Your Work Related Claim?
Here at Johnson Law Solicitors our expert industrial disease lawyers have over 50 years experience dealing with CTS.
We will handle your claim for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) with professionalism, friendliness and achieve the best possible settlement for you for this painful condition.
Contact us now for free advice and help on 0800 130 0699 or fill in our contact us form.
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