Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

WHAT IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?

Pressure on the median nerve causes carpal tunnel syndrome. The carpal tunnel is a narrow corridor formed on the palm side of your hand by bones and ligaments. The symptoms can include numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and arm when the median nerve is compressed. Your wrist morphology, health problems, and likely repeated hand movements may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Normally adequate care relieves tingling and numbness and improves the function of the wrist and hand.

Symptoms

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms usually start gradually and include:

  • Tingling or adornment.

Tingling and numbness may be evident in your fingers or hand. The thumb and index, middle or ring fingers are usually affected so your little finger is not affected. Within those fingers, you might feel a sensation like an electrical shock.

  • In your hand, you can feel weakness, and drop objects. It may be due to the numbness of the pinching muscles in your hand or weakness in the thumb, which is often regulated by the median nerve.

MAKING A CLAIM FOR CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME COMPENSATION

As soon as the more common carpal tunnel symptoms occur, such as numbness and lack of grip in the hand, it is vital that medical advice is requested. As the examination and any recommended treatment will be noted on your medical records, these can play an integral part in any carpal tunnel syndrome compensation claim. It is then imperative that the applicant put together a timeline of when the condition occurred, occupational procedures over the years, training provided, protective equipment offered, and overall consequences for health and safety. The expectation is that if one person has carpal tunnel syndrome, there will be others in the same workplace who have followed the same working habits over the years.

A collective claim for insurance can be made against an employer but in this case, we are looking strictly at individual claims for carpal tunnel syndrome. Medical evidence, combined with work environment data, and possible comments from witnesses/colleagues can all contribute to making a strong argument.

 

When you have a good insurance claim they would usually give a No Win No Pay deal. It implies, in our situation, that no legal costs can be incurred before the lawsuit is accepted on a fixed basis and any insurance paid divided between the claimant and the company. Although the vast majority of carpal tunnel cases are settled on an out-of-court basis, there may be occasions when a full court hearing will be sought when responsibility is contested or where there is potentially more than one party liable.

WHAT COMPENSATION MIGHT BE CLAIMED FOR CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?

There are two different forms of insurance applicable to cases relating to personal injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome. Which are classified as general damages and special damages, covering a wide variety of different things related to actual injuries and the effect on the life of an individual? When we look at general losses they apply directly to:

  • Mental trauma.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Life-changing injuries.

This is only one part of the insurance scheme with special provisions relating to past expenses and potential expenses directly related to the injury. Such carry on a variety of subjects like:

  • Loss of earnings.
  • Loss of future earnings.
  • Additional transport expenses.
  • Adaptions to the home.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Future medical expenses.

As far as special damages are concerned, it is essentially compensation of costs and insurance for future expenditures directly related to carpal tunnel injury and implications for the private and working life of a individual. As you can imagine, a period of long-term disability can have a significant impact on the earnings of a claimant which the defendant will need to compensate.

If you have suffered from above listed issues, please contact our team of specialists or fill in our online claim form to begin your claim and it takes minutes that one of our legal experts will be in touch within 24 working hours to discuss your case.