Carpal tunnel syndrome compensation claims - Introduction
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a legally recognised industrial disease. This condition causes pain, tingling, or weakness in the forearm and hand. Health and Safety Executive figures show that 5,750 people were assessed for disablement benefit from work-related carpal tunnel syndrome between 2003 and 2013.
In the workplace, almost 90% of carpal tunnel syndrome cases involve male workers.
The most common cause of work-related carpal tunnel syndrome is regular, repetitive strain being placed on the wrists, hands, or fingers.
Do I have a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome?
If you have suffered carpal tunnel syndrome in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
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Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
The main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome affect feeling and motor capability in the hand. Symptoms can affect the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. These symptoms can result in difficulties maintaining a grip on objects and operating machinery.
The pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome is primarily severe numbness. This pain can be so intense it can wake individuals from sleep.
Surgery may be required to alleviate symptoms. Following carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, up to three months recovery time may typically be needed.
Claiming compensation from your employer
You can claim from the employer responsible for the work-related tasks, machinery or equipment, that caused carpal tunnel syndrome to develop.
Relevant legislation which may support your personal injury claim includes:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 - which place a duty of care on employers to provide safe working conditions, suitable equipment, and appropriate safety training an supervision for their employees.
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 - which provide health and safety guidelines for working with display screen equipment. These include guidelines for safety measures such as the provision of ergonomically designed chairs.
Your solicitor will assess whether your employer has been in breach of health and safety regulations. If the employer is proven negligent, they may be held liable to pay compensation for the Claimant's carpal tunnel syndrome injury.
Making a personal injury claim for carpal tunnel syndrome
It is important to begin your claim as soon as you are aware you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome.
This is because there is a statutory time limit on making personal injury claims. Claims must be made within three years of the Claimant's knowledge of their injury.
Your solicitor will assess the value of your claim based on supporting evidence, including medical reports. Compensation settlements can include amounts for:
- Medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of amenity -personal adjustments to Claimant's working, social and personal life
- Loss of current and future earnings
- Expenses related to on-going care, such as travel costs for hospital visits
Settlement amounts relate to the severity of the injury caused, and the overall impact of the injury on the Claimant.
How much can you claim for a carpal tunnel syndrome?
That amount of compensation awarded is governed with reference to the Judicial College Guidelines (Judge's Guidelines) and to previously reported cases where people have suffered similar injuries.
Compensation can vary depending on the severity and long term effects of the injury.
For example, if the carpal tunnel syndrome recovers within a 3 year period, a compensation award of around £6,175 can be expected. A permanent disability may result in compensation of around £16,500.
No Win, No Fee carpal tunnel syndrome compensation claims explained
No Win, No Fee agreements, or CFAs (Conditional Fee Agreements), are the beginning of a injury claim.
A Conditional Fee Agreement lays out a contract between the lawyer and you.
The document sets out the work the solicitor will deliver as well as a "success fee". This success fee is the percentage that will be taken from your compensation award when your lawyer wins your case.
You can focus on your recovery, with the knowledge that that there is nothing whatsoever to pay if the case is not successful. You have no hidden charges when working with a Quittance injury-specialist solicitor.
Accident at work case study
£12,750 awarded for work-related carpal tunnel syndrome View case study