Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) Claim *
Carpal tunnel syndrome personal injury claims * generally arise as an work related injury claim *. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition . It is caused by the compression of the median nerve as is passes through the wrist at the carpel tunnel. It is also referred to as a repetitive strain injury * and can develop over time . Especially where a person is carrying out a repetitive task. The carpal tunnel is located at the base of the wrist . It covers the median nerve and numerous tendons. This can happen where office workers who spend their entire day typing . And also with construction workers who use hand-held vibratory tools on a daily basis . It is also seen with manual handling worker whose job involves repetitive hand or wrist tasks.
The symptoms of CTS most often expand in a gradual way . They affect the feeling and motor capability in the hand. The thumb, index, middle and ring fingers are common areas to feel a loss in grip and a sharp stiffness. If the deterioration of grip continues tasks such as picking up small objects or tying shoelaces can become problematic. It causes a weakness, numbness or tingling sensation in the hand and fingers. The level of discomfort can wake an individual from their sleep. In these circumstances surgery may be required to ease the pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is recommended to seek a medical professional’s opinion.
Employees across the majority of industries are exposed to the risk of CTS. It is important to note that your employer has a duty of care to protect you from this disease . Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Acts 2005 and 2010. Employees that work in 1) Cold conditions carrying out repetitive tasks and 2) Use computers for an intense amount of time are the most at risk to contracting CTS. Other job tasks that are linked to CTS include:
- Repeated forceful bending of the wrist
- Typing without a support-rest
- Use of the mouse without a support rest
- Repeated use of vibrating tools
- Regular heavy lifting
- Repeated direct pressure on the base of the palm, over the carpal tunnel
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 .
Preventing Carpel Tunnel Syndrome in the Workplace
While CTS can also be attributed to genetics and lifestyle, more and more evidence is mounting to show that work practices can lead to the development of CTS. With this in mind, an employer has a legal obligation to provide a safe working environment to their employees. This duty of care covers the physical environment they are in and also extends to work practices of their employees – this may involve ergonomic seating and protective safety tools such as a mouse pad with wrist support, for example.
Employers should carry out regular risk assessments to ensure that their employees are carrying out their daily tasks with the minimum amount of exposure to developing CTS.
Making a Claim
Making a claim for development of carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of work practices may be a difficult claim to make. In order to pursue a work injury claim * you must be able to prove that your injury was sustained because of the negligence of your employer and that negligence directly led to your injury.
Therefore, if considering pursuing a claim, it is important that you speak with a workplace accident solicitor to discuss your claim, work practices and what repetitive work your carry out that may have caused your CTS. Your solicitor will then help you in determining whether you have a state able claim or not and how long you have to make your claim.
The general timeframe to make a personal injury claim * is two years less one day from the date of knowledge. This is known as the Statute of Limitations. However, due to the nature of CTS, people who suffer from the disease can struggle to say exact date on when the injury commenced. The symptoms may have been occurring for a number of months before you decide to act upon it or seek medical attention. Our legal professionals will explain the process to you in such a case and help identify an approximate date of knowledge for the injury.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
At Tracey Solicitors, our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors * have years of experience in assisting people who have suffered injuries which may have been due to the negligence of another party. We understand the injuries (physically and emotionally) that you have suffered and have supported many people in similar situations proceed with personal injury claims * in Ireland over the last 30 years.
If you’re suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you can contact our team of solicitors for a confidential discussion on 01 649 9900 or similarly you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would rather we call you please do feel free to tell us about your case by leaving your details along with a message outlining your query on the form below and we can call you back. You can also visit our Personal Injury & Accident FAQ’s for additional understanding surrounding injury and law.