Work-Related Upper Limb Disorder Claims

If you have suffered problems with your arms or hands due to a job that involves repetitive or strenuous processes, the expert solicitors at JMW can help you secure the compensation you deserve. We have detailed knowledge of the potential causes of all associated conditions and can bring our knowledge to bear for you, ensuring you are able to make a successful claim.

To start your work-related upper limb disorder claim today, get in touch with our specialist team. You can either call us on 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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About Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders

Work-related upper limb disorder is a catch-all term intended to describe any upper limb conditions that could be caused by your working environment.

Typical examples of these conditions, all of which can have either constitutional or work-related causes, include:

  • Tenosynovitis - Swelling of a tendon in the wrist.
  • Peritendinitis crepitans - Acute pain and swelling in the lower forearm.
  • Epicondylitis - Painful inflammation of tendons surrounding an epicondyle. Also known as tennis elbow.
  • De Quervain's syndrome - Pain in the tendons running through a tunnel on the thumb side of the wrist.
  • Trigger finger - A tendon defect in the finger making it hard to bend the digit.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome - Pain caused by compression of a major nerve passing over the carpal bones in the wrist.
  • Cubital syndrome - Compression or irritation of the ulnar nerve in the elbow, near to the 'funny bone'.

In order to pursue a claim for work-related upper limb disorder, it is necessary to show that a specific condition has been diagnosed.


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, because it is unusual in sedentary people, it has 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 during movement.


Epicondylitis is a musculoskeletal disorder relating to the inflammation of an epicondyle, which is a rounded area of bone where they fit together at joints. There are two types:

  • Lateral epicondylitis, which is otherwise known as tennis elbow
  • Medial epicondylitis, which is otherwise known as golfer's elbow or thrower's elbow

De Quervain's Syndrome

This is a pain on the thumb on the side of the wrist that, in many cases, appears without any obvious cause. It can be aggravated by hand use at work and at home and symptoms can include pain, tenderness, swelling and sometimes clicking of the tendons.

Trigger Finger

This occurs when tendons in the hand become swollen or inflamed and subsequently catch in the tendon sheath, through which they run. It can lead to a clicking sensation and often makes it very difficult for you to move the affected finger or thumb.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This is swelling within the carpal tunnel that causes 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, which can often be worse at night. The symptoms can be resolved by carpal tunnel release surgery. This problem can be constitutional or work related.

Cubital Syndrome

This injury involves irritation of the ulnar nerve - which provides sensation to the little finger and ring finger - in a tunnel running down the inside of your elbow. The earliest symptoms include numbness or tingling in the little or ring fingers, and this numbness can become more constant in later stages of the injury.

Why Choose JMW?

The solicitors at JMW have deep knowledge and experience of work-related upper limb disorders and can provide the expert guidance you need to make a successful claim.

We are widely regarded for our professionalism and will keep you updated on any developments as your case progresses, working to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

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If you have suffered an upper limb injury as a result of the processes involved in your employment, contact us today to get your claim underway. Call us on 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back as soon as we can. 

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