Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Claims

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If you have suffered with a delay in diagnosis or treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering caused and the team at JMW is here to help you achieve a successful outcome. We are highly experienced in cases of this type and our expertise will prove invaluable as you go through a process that may at first seem daunting and complex.

Contact us today to find out more about making a carpal tunnel syndrome claim. We will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. We understand the significant impact this condition can have on your quality of life and aim to secure the compensation that can make such an important difference to your day-to-day life. Call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form today.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Explained

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage in the wrist, which is comprised of small bones and a band of tissues. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful and progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist.

CTS is a fairly common condition and tends to mostly affect the thumb, index finger and middle finger.  The condition can have a serious impact on your everyday life and if you believe it was caused by or exacerbated by the negligent actions of a medical professional, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Causes

In some cases, no direct cause of carpal tunnel syndrome can be identified. However, the condition tends to be common among young and middle-aged women, as well as during pregnancy. It is thought that some people have a narrower carpal tunnel than others and it takes only a very small amount of swelling or retained fluid to put pressure on the nerve. The syndrome is also common in those performing assembly line work or doing other repetitive tasks with the hands.

Other factors that can increase the risk of CTS include:

  • A family history of CTS
  • Injuries to the wrist
  • Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other health conditions

Symptoms

Symptoms usually start gradually with pain, weakness or numbness in the wrist and hands radiating up the arm. As symptoms worsen, tingling in the fingers (classically the thumb, index and middle fingers) may occur, resulting in decreased grip strength. This can make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects or perform other manual tasks.

The condition can be particularly troublesome at night and is sometimes relieved by hanging the arm over the side of the bed. It can affect one or both hands.

Treatment

Initial treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome usually involves:

  • Resting the affected hand and wrist for at least two weeks
  • Immobilising the wrist in a splint
  • Avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms

Immediate, temporary relief can often be provided by:

  • Ice packs
  • Oral steroids
  • Local anaesthetic

Why Choose JMW?

JMW has one of the most experienced and respected medical negligence teams in the UK. Headed by leading clinical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones, the team includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.

Call us for free and we will assess your case and offer free initial advice. We are able to deal with many cases using no win, no fee agreements.

We understand that cases of this type can seem complicated, which is why we aim to relieve you of as much stress and hassle as possible.

Talk to Us

Contact the JMW clinical negligence team today and we can assess your carpal tunnel syndrome claim, providing initial guidance on the options available to you and what you should do next. Simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back at a convenient time.



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