Irwin Mitchell’s specialised industrial disease team has recently secured a compensation payout for a Land Rover worker who developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Mr A was diagnosed with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome following the exposure to repetitive and forceful work during his employment.
Mr A worked for Land Rover as a production associate. As part of his role he was based on the Range Rover production line and was tasked with fitting door casings to the Range Rover chassis. In order to do so the casings had to be banged on to the metal frame of the door. To secure the casings Mr A also had to fit the brass clips into the door as well as lantern clips in both the front and rear of the casing. These clips required Mr A to use the palm of his hands to bang the casing into place. The work was both highly repetitive and extremely forceful and as a consequence led to the development of Mr A’s bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome.
Mr A had started to notice pins, needles and tingling in his fingers and thumbs in the spring of 2010. He would notice his hands becoming tired during the course of a shift and therefore sought medical attention. Following initial nerve conduction studies Mr A was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in both sides and as a result underwent decompression surgery to relieve his symptoms.
Mr A decided to contact Irwin Mitchell’s specialised industrial disease team and one of our experienced solicitors, Alex Shorey, was able to deal with his claim. Alex successfully concluded the claim in Mr A’s favour and he was awarded compensation from Land Rover.
Commenting on the award, Alex said “this case is a prime example of an employer failing in their duty of care towards an employee by exposing them to a system of work that was both highly repetitive and forceful. In this case Land Rover failed to adequately assess the work and further failed to implement any system of job rotation. Had they done so, the Claimant’s injuries would more likely than not have been entirely avoidable”.
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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