Ben Mitchell from Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office recently assisted a Royal Mail postal worker, who worked at the sorting centre at Stourton, receive compensation for the carpal tunnel syndrome caused as a consequence of his work duties.
Mr F was a postal worker with the Royal Mail between 1999 and 2009. His duties were very repetitive and required him to sort into postcode order thousands and thousands of letters and parcels into various bundles and put into different drop bags and cages depending on the size and weight.
The job required the use of various upper limb movements that involved twisting, lifting and a great deal of finger dexterity. He would do this all day every day and up to 44 hours in a week. As a result of his work he developed carpal tunnel syndrome, a repetitive strain injury, and had to have corrective surgery to relieve the pain and lack of grip in both his wrists and hands.
The Defendant vigorously defended the case, denying they were at fault as well as challenging the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Despite the need for court proceedings, the Royal Mail settled the claim and Mr F received £3,000 in damages for his carpal tunnel syndrome for which he fortunately does not have any further symptoms.
Ben Mitchell who represented Mr F says “Repetitive strain injuries and in particular carpal tunnel syndrome are notoriously difficult to diagnose as being work related. However where there is clear evidence of considerable repetitive work duties and a noticeable increase in that employee’s work load shortly before he starts experiencing symptoms, it is then often possible to link the RSI injury to employment. There must be many other workers like Mr F working in a similar way and experiencing similar symptoms to that which my client developed. We hope that this result will ensure that lessons are learnt and will prevent others from suffering unnecessarily.”
If you or a loved one has suffered from repetitive strain injuries, such as bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and vibration white finger caused by conditions at work, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.
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