Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation (CTS)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (or CTS) is an injury that is usually caused by work-related stress on the wrist (Carpal Tunnel Area). The main symptom of the injury is it causes pain and numbness, and sometimes a tingling/burning sensation in the fingers, usually the thumb and index finger.
It is not 100% understood, but the main reason for the pain and discomfort is the compression of the median nerve travelling through the carpal tunnel area in the wrist.
Both genetic and environmental factors play a part in the development of CTS. Some of the genetic factors include: obesity and diabetes.
The environmental factors are usually work-related such as jobs that involve handling vibrating machinery or heavy manual lifting and can include using machinery that requires repetitive hand movements.
Some people are likely to work in these types of jobs (construction workers, builders etc) which means that they are at a higher risk of developing CTS due to the nature of their job.
It is however the responsibility of their employer to provide the relevant training and equipment whilst on the job so as to help prevent the development of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If your employer has not taken the necessary precautions and you develop CTS, you may be able to claim compensation.
Examples of jobs carried that can lead to CTS being developed include:
- Forceful bending of the wrist,
- Regular heavy lifting
- Use of vibrating tools
- Direct pressure on the base of the palm/wrist
If you have worked in this type of environment and are showing signs of the symptoms mentioned above, you could have developed CTS, in which case, you may be able to claim back compensation from your employer’s insurance company.
Typists are also at risk of developing CTS, however medical opinion is divided on this subject. Please contact us on 0161 82 11 229 or fill out the form provided if you are a typist and have these symptoms to discuss further.
Prevention and Treatment
“Prevention is better than cure” and it is no different in this case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It can be a very persistent injury if left untreated so we recommend you use preventative measures, such as using ergonomic devices if in an office and you are a typist (such as wrist rests, mouse pads etc) and taking regular breaks.
Generally accepted treatments include: steroids either orally or injected locally, splinting, and surgical release of the transverse carpal ligament.
How can Compensation Help You?
Not only can compensation help you in the initial financial gain for developing this injury through no fault of your own, we can also help you by claiming any costs that are needed to treat CTS, such as any medicine or physiotherapy that is needed to help you along with your recovery process.
We can also claim back any loss of past earnings as well as any loss of future earnings due to developing CTS.
If you, or a loved one has developed CTS due to a bad work environment which was not your fault, contact us by calling us on 0161 82 11 229 or by filling the form provided. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve and earn your trust by supporting you along the way.