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Carpal tunnel syndrome personal injury claims

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition, normally affecting women more than men. Every year, out of 100,000 women, between 60-120 women will develop the condition, compared to 35-60 men from the same figure.

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the hands and fingers. Those who suffer from the condition will normally experience a numbing sensation, tingling and possibly pain/burning sensation. Symptoms can often have an extensive impact on sufferers.

The carpal tunnel runs from the lower palm to the bottom of the wrist. The tunnel houses various tendons which control movement of the hand, and also a nerve which provides the hand with sensation. A build-up of tissue fluid, as well as tissue pressure on the tunnel, can cause the tunnel to narrow, which causes the symptoms described above.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

It can be quite difficult to identify the cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome. For some, the cause is unknown. In these cases, the condition is known as idiopathic. Although it is difficult to identify causes, there are certain risk factors which may shed light on the development of this injury. One of these risk factors is family history. Research has demonstrated that in certain cases, carpal tunnel syndrome may involve a genetic link.

Another risk factor is certain injuries/activities. This may be hand sprains or fractures, which can disfigure the hand and place pressure on the tunnel. Activities which could encourage the condition to develop include work that involves manual labour, craft work, playing a musical instrument and using a keyboard. Working vibrating and heavy machinery are therefore likely causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. Pregnancy and certain health conditions (such as diabetes, gout, arthritis and obesity) are also known risk factors. 50% of pregnant women can be affected by the condition, normally because pregnancy can increase fluid retention in the body, which places pressure on the tunnel.

Making a Claim

As carpal tunnel syndrome is a difficult injury to attribute to a particular action, it may be quite difficult to prove that you developed the condition as a result of your work. However, if you have been told by a medical professional that it is likely the condition developed as a result of your work, or you believe this to be the case, you should seek the advice of solicitors who specialise in occupational disease claims.

It is important you do not hesitate to pursue a claim, as these types of claims have a limitation period of 3 years, which means that you cannot bring a claim as a result of an injury which occurred over 3 years ago. In order to be successful, your solicitors will need to prove that the injury occurred as a result of your employer’s negligence, and that they owed you a duty of care, which they failed to uphold.

Legal Fees and Compensation

If your claim is successful, the amount of compensation you will receive will depend on the severity of your injury. The court will refer to previous similar cases, and other guidelines to determine the exact compensation amount.

We advise clients with claims for carpal tunnel syndrome on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. This means you will not need to pay legal fees if you have not won your case. You will not need to pay legal fees from your compensation should you win. This is because the legal costs will be recovered from the other party.

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