Claiming Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Every day throughout Australia, injuries to the carpal tunnel affect people in their day-to-day activities like work or driving. What many don’t consider, is how an injury to one’s carpal tunnel can prevent you from enjoying basic recreational activities as well as affecting your sleep.
If you have carpal tunnel syndrome and believe it was caused by an accident where you weren’t at fault, then we may be able to help you.
You could be entitled to compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained as well as any out of pocket expenses for treatment and inconveniences to yourself or family.
What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) occurs with pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. The pressure is exacerbated by excessive movement, making the pain and the condition worse.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include numbness, weakness, burning or tingling in the hands and fingers, swelling and changes in the pigment of the skin. A doctor may be able to provide medication or a wrist splint but ultimately, the symptoms can take months to resolve.
In extreme cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, surgery may be required to reduce the pressure on the nerve in your wrist – this is called carpal tunnel release surgery.
Was somebody else at fault?
When it comes to an injury like carpal tunnel it can be difficult to ascertain whether someone else’s negligence was the cause. Your symptoms may be intermittent but work-related incidents are a common cause. Your employer has a legal duty to ensure you have the right equipment and training to be able to carry out your duties safely and securely.
Any employment that involves the repeated movement of the wrist can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, such as farming work, factory or warehouse work, even a desk job. Without having followed health and safety regulations, your employer has put you at risk and you may be eligible for compensation for your injury. A claim could help with costs sustained and with your recovery.
Can I Start A Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claim?
The best way to find out more about whether you’re eligible to claim for this particular injury is to contact one of our friendly and professional advisors for free on 1300 106 107. If you’re not ready to speak with someone about your experience, you may wish to try out online claim checker, which can quickly give you answers to some simple questions.
We never put pressure on your to move forward with a claim but if you decide to do so, we’ll put you in touch with a specialist lawyer who will help you move forward and negotiate with the other party on your behalf, taking the stress out of the situation and leaving you to focus on recovery.