Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you want to start a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome compensation (CTS), then you should discuss your case with a specialist lawyer who deals with carpal tunnel syndrome cases such as Tylers Solicitors. This will ensure that your carpal tunnel syndrome compensation claim has the best chance of success because Tylers Solicitors have the competence and professional expertise required to process a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers.
If you want to proceed with your carpal tunnel syndrome compensation claim, then you should call Tylers Solicitors (freephone) on 0800 699 0079 who can then proceed to talk you through your carpal tunnel syndrome compensation claim. Alternatively, if you are on your mobile phone, you can call 0333 577 0320, which is free to call with free minutes on your mobile phone. We are a no win no fee carpal tunnel syndrome personal injury solicitors.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. It is a form of Repetitive Strain Injury (RIS) that can be caused in the workplace. The Carpal tunnel attaches to the median nerve and tendons. Damage made to the tendons, or the Carpal tunnel causes the median nerve to be compressed. Your hand is likely to feel swollen mainly in your thumb and middle fingers even though no swelling will appear.
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious injury that can be picked up easily while in the workplace. Carrying out simple tasks such as typing on a keyboard at work for sustained periods of time or a mechanic continually twisting and turning their wrist will in time increase the likelihood of Carpal tunnel syndrome occurring. If not treated on time you may have to undergo surgery to solve your injury. Other non-surgical treatments are also possible such as drugs and exercise programmes to reduce the injury.
Our professional team have expert knowledge into injuries such as Carpal tunnel syndrome and are always available to contact if you feel you have suffered from those symptoms during your working career. Our clients always find our solicitor team approachable and always willing to claim for cases where clients deserve compensation awards.
During normal work and activities, one may end up straining the wrist, thereby suffering the carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Fortunately, they can claim a carpal tunnel syndrome compensation to correct the situation before it gets critical. CTS refer to a compression neuropathy that affects the distribution of the median nerve at the wrist section causing an abnormal sensation, numbness and pain.
It is mainly as a result of compression at the wrist section or carpal tunnel leading to restriction in blood circulation in that area. It can also be caused by many other alleged factors, including obesity, diabetes, pregnancy, heavy manual duty involving vibrating tools as well as hypothyroidism. Here is a detailed description of what CTS entails and how workers can claim compensation expressed in questions and answers.
The amount of money one can be compensated depends on some factors that mainly include the intensity of injury suffered, the age of the victim, correction procedures needed. The intensity of suffering and age determines the type of correction procedure needed. Some injuries may be severe causing loss of employment, others mild involving one or both hands. The correction may require surgery at extreme stages while minor cases can be recovered with simpler medication and therapy. The average compensation settlement is as follows:
- Complete recovery – If the condition is short-term, meaning the patient discovered it within the first few weeks, the payment ranges from £1,575 to £2,500
- Three years – If the symptoms can self-correct within three years, the amount receivable ranges from £6, 175 to £7,700
- Continuous recoverable – If the condition and symptoms are continuous but recoverable/changeable, the compensation brackets range from £10,600 to £11,700
- For bilateral CTS (involving loss of employment), the payment ranges from £15,650 to £16,500
CTS exhibit different levels of symptoms that all depend on the intensity of suffering. There are warning signs that should lead you to the doctor for physical tests. They include tingling, numbness or pain that is more intense on the thumb side of the hand. Others are pain radiated towards the shoulder and a false shock feeling at the thumb and nearby fingers. In severe cases, thumb muscles may become distorted.
No-win-no-fee solicitors are those people that help CTS patients claim their compensation. They require no upfront payment and will also not be paid should the claim fail to receive compensation. However, a small percentage of the compensation will be will be provided if the claim goes through.
There are different places to find detailed information on CTS, although the best one is NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke). NHS (National Health Service) UK is also a very profound resource for CTS information.
The first step is looking for a personal injury law firm or a solicitor experienced in carpal tunnel syndrome compensation. They should be able to explain how to go about filing the claim and all procedures involved. It is important to have the diagnosis evidence, preferably from a specialised practitioner. From here we can give you a good idea of the amount of payout your might be expecting from your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Case.
Yes, there are several tests one can take for CTS involving examination of the arm, neck, wrist, hand and fingers. They include the following;
Tinel’s Sign – The doctor usually taps over the median nerve on the inside of the wrist. If a resultant tingle, numbness, ‘quick shock’, ‘pins/needles’ sensation is experienced, it suggests the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Phalen’s Sign – Involves holding the hand up on the front, flexing the wrist and hanging them down for about a minute. If tingles or numbness is experienced within the 60 seconds, you may have suffered CTS.
Two Point Discrimination – This is used for severe CTS suspicion cases where the doctor touches to separate fairly close places on the fingers or hand with the patient’s eyes closed. One should feel the different touches, but for those who have CTS, it may be difficult to identify the difference, and they may feel only one touch.
Carpal tunnel syndrome compensation claims lawsuits can be made by any employee who has suffered the condition while in their line of duty and who can prove personal negligence was not part of the cause. CTS claims can be made under occupational or personal injury by any UK citizen (who has suffered the same) within their independent state regulation.
The diagnosis procedure is straightforward based on the symptoms, clinical evaluations as well as electrophysiological tests. It usually involves the doctor going through the patients work history, nocturnal symptoms, numbness, abnormal sensory tests, positive Tinel’s Sign testing among others. It also includes testing for irritated nerves by eliciting “needles and pins”.
You can find an online form from many medical websites although not all of them are genuine. It is therefore important to ensure the site is secured and your details are safe by seeking references and referrals from previous users. Visit genuine medical law institute of solicitors regulated by the Solicitor Regulation Authority. The institutions should be registered under that statutory body whose website is www.sra.org.uk. Carpal tunnel syndrome compensation form will be provided by the personal injury law firm or expert solicitor. It is important to make the claim as soon as possible before the condition worsens and leads to declined compensations as a result of negligence.
There are some precautionary procedures that can be taken to prevent CTS. Similarly, there are ways that help in the reduction of pain/symptoms during recovery. The first step to ensuring the prevention of carpal tunnel syndrome and alleviation of symptoms is an establishment of correct posture at work. The routine that caused this impairment should be moderated (with the use of safety gloves, reduced hours) or stopped for mild and severe cases. Physical exercise is also recommended to boost blood circulation, and habits like smoking should be avoided. The fundamental solution is to avoid the causes since CTS is a repetitive stress injury as well as habits that limit recovery and blood flow.
Our advice for you would be to seek medical advice for tests to be carried out on your hands if you feel any of those sensations. If the doctor confirmed from the results, show that the injury formed was work related, then contact us on 0800 699 0079 for more information and receive possible compensation. Tylers Solicitors work on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement and are always available to answer any of your questions.