If Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), a painful and debilitating condition often linked to repetitive hand and wrist activities, can significantly impact your daily life and work capabilities.

If you've developed CTS due to workplace conditions we can help. If there is a link between your work and the condition, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

You are not alone

CTS is a common condition, especially when a job necessitates repetitive hand and wrist movements, such as office workers, assembly line employees, and musicians. The increase in computer-based jobs, in particular, has contributed to the growth of this condition.

Three times more women suffer from CTS than men (sciencedirect.com).

150 new cases of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome were assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) in 2022 (hse.gov.uk).

However, HSE figures also show that there has been a steady fall in the number of reported cases in the last few years, largely due to uncreased awareness and improved ergonomics in the working environment..

If you are suffering from CTS and you believe your symptoms were caused by your working conditions or job role, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

If you decide to make a claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

If you are looking for information on CTS symptoms and treatment, see: carpal tunnel syndrome (nhs.uk).

Do I have a carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) claim?

As a basic rule, you will be eligible to make an injury claim if you were injured:

  • in the last 3 years,
  • by someone elses actions or negligence, and
  • they owed you a duty of care.

Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.

How long do I have to start a carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) claim?

In most cases, you have 3 years from the date of your accident or injury.

You may still be able to claim compensation if you were injured by another's negligence and you only discovered it later. Generally, the clock starts ticking from the date you were diagnosed or became aware of your injury.

How much compensation can I claim for a carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a legally recognised and compensable industrial disease, where the median nerve passing into the hand becomes compressed.

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages is compensation for quantifiable financial losses you've incurred as a result of your carpal tunnel syndrome Compensation can include lost earnings, and any additional expenses directly related to your injury.

These damages will also cover any medical or treatment bills, such as wrist splints, corticosteroid injections, physiotherapy and pain medication.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average Carpal Tunnel Syndrome general damages compensation

The following Carpal Tunnel Syndrome payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Wrist injury
Wrist fracture recovering within one year £3,210 to £4,310
Colles wrist fracture Around £6,750
Taking around two years to heal completely Up to £9,620
Causing permanent pain and stiffness £11,450 to £22,270
Serious with significant permanent problems £22,270 to £35,610
Severe with loss of function of the wrist £43,290 to £54,420

What Carpal Tunnel symptoms can I claim for?

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.

Can I claim for mild symptoms?

Regardless of the severity of your condition, you should consider starting a claim for compensation. CTS can worsen over time.

Your Carpal Tunnel compensation award or settlement can take into account:

  • the likely progression of the disease, and
  • the impact on your future career.

Claiming Carpal Tunnel Syndrome compensation from your employer

Work-related CTS typically results from repetitive strain on the wrists, hands, or fingers. Regular use of power tools without protective measures or sufficient breaks, along with prolonged typing without ergonomic support, can lead to CTS, as well as other conditions like Vibration White Finger (VWF) and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

If your CTS is due to work tasks, inadequate equipment, or a failure to carry out regular risk assessments of your working environment, you can claim compensation from your employer.

Your solicitor will determine whether your employer breached health and safety regulations and, if negligent, they could be liable to pay you compensation for your CTS injury.

What is the law relating to CTS claims?

Relevant legislation which may support your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome claim includes:

When should I start a claim for CTS?

Starting a claim promptly after diagnosis (date of knowledge) will give your claim the best chance of success. Your solicitor will evaluate your claim's value and your compensation settlement will reflect your injury's severity and its impact on your life and work.

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No win, no fee carpal Tunnel Syndrome compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim carpal Tunnel Syndrome compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher