Mr B ad to make an arm injury at work claim when he was injured in an accident at work; Michael Lewin Solicitors in Leeds recommended he made the claim as he was left unable to do his job.
Mr B’s job involved heavy lifting. The injury Mr B sustained at work resulted in him developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by the compression of the median nerve which is located in the wrist. The nerve is responsible for two main functions in the arm; relaying physical sensations and relaying nerve signals.
Physical sensations are the messages sent from your hand to your brain telling your brain what it has just touched. Nerve signals are the messages your brain sends to your hand telling you to move your hand and fingers.
CTS is when the messages that go between the hand and the brain or the brain and the hand are disrupted and your hand movements and sense of touch are affected due to the compression of the median nerve.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can develop for a number of different reasons the most common of which are: it runs in the family some health conditions mean it develops some people get it during pregnancy and also certain activities and injuries can cause it to develop. If you have developed CTS from your activities or an injury at work you may be able to make a claim; speak to one of the expert claims solicitors at Michael Lewin in Leeds and we will be able to offer you the best possible advice.
Sometimes carpal tunnel syndrome can develop as a result of a sprain in the wrist which is the most likely scenario in Mr B’s case as his job involved heavy lifting. It is not however known what causes the median nerve to become swollen and inflamed causing compression and CTS.
In the accident scenario CTS will most likely develop because a fracture or sprain in the wrist can cause swelling; this swelling may place pressure on the median nerve and be the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. This type of injury a sprain or fracture can change the natural shape of the bones and ligaments in the hand lending to increased pressure.
Quite often surgery is required to release the pressure of CTS this is usually a last resort though if all other methods of treatment such as a wrist splint have not been successful.
If you have sustained and arm injury at work you should make a claim before it is too late; the experts at Michael Lewin in Leeds will be able to advise you about the time limits involved in making a claim. Call us now 0844 499 9302.