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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claims

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful injury that affects the wrist and hand, causing weakness, numbness and a burning or tingling sensation in the hand and fingers. If you’ve developed CTS at work, our solicitors could help you claim carpal tunnel compensation.

Employees in a wide range of jobs are at risk from carpal tunnel syndrome, and your employer has a duty of care to protect you from this. The sorts of jobs that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome include any that involve:

  • Repeated use of vibrating tools
  • Repeated direct pressure on the base of the palm, over the carpal tunnel
  • Repeated forceful bending of the wrist
  • Repeated forceful pinch grips
  • Regular heavy lifting

We have a proven track record in carpal tunnel syndrome claims, and were the lead firm in the British Coal Vibration White Finger cases, which included compensation for CTS. We aim to make the claims process as simple as possible for you, offering advice in plain English and supporting you every step of the way.

Most of the carpal tunnel claims we handle are on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that there's nothing for you to pay upfront, and that you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim isn’t successful*.

Call us today on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation. We’ll advise on whether we think you can claim and discuss your options.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation - More Information
    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you receive after a work-related illness will depend on a few factors related to your illness, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • Current and future loss of earnings
      • Medical and travel expenses you've had to pay
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home
      • Mobility aids
      • Your pain and suffering

      For more information, call us on 0800 056 4110 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household or car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee* agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the remaining costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • Usually you need to make a compensation claim within three years of becoming aware that your illness might be linked to your work.

      In fatal cases, the family of the deceased has three years to make a claim, starting from either the date your loved one died, or the date you received the post-mortem results.

      If your illness occurred while working outside of the UK, then the time limit can be shorter. In this instance, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible.

      If you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation, call our team today on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice and to talk through your options.

    • Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
    • Early compensation payments, also known as interim payments, are made in advance of any final settlement. They’re only made in an agreement with your opponent, if they admit that they're responsible for your illness.

      Interim payments can be used to replace lost earnings, so you can afford to pay essential bills if your illness has meant you’ve been absent from work, as well as covering the cost of specialist medical care or mobility equipment.

      We'll work hard to get an early admission of fault, and also to obtain early compensation payments to relieve any immediate financial pressures you’re feeling.

    • Will I Lose My Job If I Claim Against My Employers?
    • If you wish to make a claim against your current employer, then any compensation would be paid by their insurer. It has been compulsory to have insurance for many years, so it’s highly likely that they will have this in place. There are also legal safeguards in place to protect you from unfair dismissal.

      This basically means that your employer must be able to justify their reason for dismissing you in relation to your claim, which is highly unlikely. If you want to discuss this subject in more detail, our workplace illness solicitors will be able to talk you through your rights and what you can expect.

I valued the honesty of the solicitor that I dealt with. The approachability and the humanness. They were caring."

Stephanie, client

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should My Employer Have Protected Me From Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Risks?

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, employers have a duty of care to their employees, and must protect them from health risks in the workplace. By law, your employer must:

  • Make sure that risks from vibration are controlled
  • Provide information and instruction on the risk
  • Monitor your health in relation to the risk

Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as anti-vibration gloves and wrist supports can be provided to reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, but the main way to prevent it from arising is to allow regular breaks from the activities that can cause the condition.

Hammer-action tools like drills shouldn’t be used for longer than 15 minutes at a time, while other vibrating tools begin to create a risk after an hour of use.

If you’ve been provided with no PPE, no information on the activities that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome and how to avoid them, or haven’t been given adequate breaks, then your employer could have put you at risk. If you’re unsure, then contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation on your case, and we’ll be able to advise you.

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What's The Claims Process For A Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claim?

Getting a carpal tunnel claim started is simple – all you need to do is contact us. We’ll discuss your injury, and whether we think you can claim. There’s no obligation to continue at this stage – you’re welcome to just ask us for expert advice.

If you do choose to make a claim with us, we'll let you know exactly what we're doing at every stage, and what we need from you.

You can call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation. If we think you've got a case, your claim will usually progress through these four stages:

Stage One: Information Gathering

You'll have a medical examination with an expert in musculoskeletal disorders to assess your symptoms, their extent, their cause, and that you're definitely suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

The main symptoms are tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and fingers. Dull aching sensations, pins and needles, dry skin and swelling, or weakness in your hands could also be signs of CTS.

Stage Two: Rehabilitation

If you have any care needs as a result of your carpal tunnel syndrome, we'll identify exactly what these are and help you access the necessary support.

Serious cases of carpal tunnel may be irreversible, but recovery from more minor cases is possible with rest. Medications and surgery are also used to treat CTS, and our experience in dealing with CTS claims means we can advise you on your options.

Stage Three: Compensation

We'll calculate how much compensation you'll get based on a few factors, including:

  • The severity of your condition
  • Medical expenses you’ve had to pay, or will have in the future
  • Your occupation, and the impact your condition will have on your ability to work
  • Your pain and suffering

We'll then put the case to your employer (or former employer). They may accept blame early on, or could contest the claim, which would result in your case going to court. Most claims settle out of court – but if you do have to go to court we will be there to support you.

Stage Four: Conclusion

When your case concludes, you'll be awarded compensation if you're successful. Our fees will mostly be paid by your opponent, with a portion of your compensation settlement covering the rest.

If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

If you have any questions about the claims process for carpal tunnel syndrome, please contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claim?

We have a proven track record in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) claims, and were the lead firm in the British Coal Vibration White Finger cases, which included compensation for CTS. We’ve also helped employees in a wide range of industries and roles claim compensation for injuries caused by an employer’s negligence.

Claiming compensation from your employer can seem daunting, particularly if you’ve never made a compensation claim before. We believe no one who has been injured at work should be put off from claiming the compensation that they are entitled to – even if it’s against a former employer who has since gone out of business.

We aim to make the claims process as simple and straightforward as we can, offering you expert advice in plain English. If your former employer isn’t trading anymore, we could be able to trace their insurer, who will be responsible for your compensation payments.

Our solicitors specialise in helping people claim compensation for accidents, injuries and illnesses that have happened at work, including carpal tunnel syndrome. We act on behalf of a number of trade unions, but we can still help you make a claim if you're not a member of one.

We want to make sure that you receive the best compensation possible, and receive the medical care that you need. To find out more about how to claim for carpal tunnel syndrome, and how we can help, call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your claim.

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