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Diagram of wrist, fingers, nerves and tendonsCarpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is quite a common condition that results in pain, tingling or even numbness in the fingers and the hand.

It is caused by a problem with the carpal tunnel – the gap between the bones and ligaments in your wrists through which the main nerve and tendons pass into the hand. It has not been completely proved, but experts believe that CTS is the result of pressure in this tunnel, which squeezes the nerve, injuring it.

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CTS seems to affect women more than men, and has a number of different work-related causes, all of which are made worse when performing repetitive tasks in cold conditions. Typical occupational causes include the following:

  • Repetitive forceful bending of the wrist
  • Computer use without a suitable support-rest
  • Regular use of vibrating tools
  • Regular heavy lifting
  • Persistent direct pressure applied to the base of the palm, over the region of the carpal tunnel

Employer Obligations

Employers have a duty of care to their workers. This includes taking steps to prevent them from developing industrial injuries such as CTS. Various legislative instruments are in place to clarify and enforce this duty of care. These include:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992

The final piece of legislation listed above offers particular guidance in relation to the development of the CTS in the office environment.

Uphold Your Rights

If you think you may have contracted CTS due to the negligence of your employer, you may be considering your legal options. Have a confidential discussion with our legal team in order to tell us about your case.

Like Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by regular use of vibrating tools and, as with HAVS, employers have a duty to reduce the likelihood of their employees developing the condition.

If your CTS has been caused or made worse by the way in which you are required to work then you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation Claims

Thompsons' solicitors are very experienced in dealing with industrial disease claims. We are an award-winning personal injury law firm and have an excellent success rate, winning over 90% of our personal injury cases.

Start your compensation claim now. Call us on 0800 0891331 for no win no fee help and advice. 

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