Upper Limb Disorder Claims

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Many people who undertake jobs which involve repetitive or strenuous processes may find that it can cause problems with their arms and hands. Work related upper limb disorders is a catch-all term intended to describe any upper limb conditions which could be caused by your work. In order to pursue a claim for upper limb disorder it is necessary to show that a specific condition has been diagnosed. These conditions can included tenosynovitis, peritendinitis crepitans, epicondylitis, De Quervain’s syndrome, trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital syndrome and diffuse repetitive strain injury. All of these conditions can have either constitutional or work related causes.

Our lawyers have detailed knowledge of the potential causes of all the relevant conditions and whether or not they are likely to be work related.  The areas that are often found to be work related are epicondylitis, peritendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, although successful claims have been pursued for other conditions. 


This involves pain on the top of the hand caused by strain to the extensor tendons. You may have localised swelling and pain on resisted movement. This can be caused by excessive use of the hand and is often work related.

Peritendinitis Crepitans

This is caused by inflammation of the peritendon and is unusual in sedentary people, thus there is a strong association with excessive hand use. You will suffer  pain and swelling and crepitus, which is a sensation of grating or crackling within the muscle on movement.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This is swelling within the carpal tunnel causing a restriction of blood supply to the median nerve. This causes pain and swelling, usually to the index and ring fingers and the lower portion of the third digit. The symptoms are often worse at night and the symptoms can be resolved by carpal tunnel release surgery. This problem can be constitutional or work related.

Call us now on 0800 054 6570, or e-mail for live chat if you have any queries regarding your condition.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or Vibration white finger (VWF)

A separate type of upper limb disorder is hand arm vibration syndrome or vibration white finger. The symptoms here are tingling and numbness, pins and needles continuing after machinery is switched off, finger tips may temporarily turn white and start to ache and painful attacks of pins and needles can develop, particularly on exposure to cold. These symptoms are  associated with occupations using repeated and frequent use of hand held vibrating tools such as power drills, chain saws, pneumatic drills, steel saws, compressed air drills and vibrating plates. From 1975 onwards employers should have known that workers who on a regular basis suffer vibration from power tools and machinery are at risk of suffering HAVS and should have taken adequate precautions including anti-vibration gloves, rest breaks, warm temperatures at work and appropriate instructions on using tools correctly together with anti vibration measures designed to minimise vibration sustained.

HAVS symptoms can be both vascular and sensorineural, and the amount of damages you will receive depends on the severity of symptoms, which are measured on the Stockholm Scale.

If you believe that you have suffered a vibration injury as a result of the processes involved in your employment then do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 054 6570 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

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