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Musculoskeletal Injury Compensation

Can I claim musculoskeletal injury compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome? This has just been diagnosed and the doctor has said it is a work related injury.

Question:

Can I claim musculoskeletal injury compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome? This has just been diagnosed and the doctor has said it is a work related injury.

Answer:

Musculoskeletal injury compensation can be claimed for any injury sustained to the muscles or bones which has been caused by the negligence of a third party. Injuries can be caused by a single trauma or by repetitive strain which develop over a longer period of time, such as is often the case with carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimate that there were 158,000 new cases of musculoskeletal injuries in 2010; making it the commonest self reported work related illness category, with carpal tunnel syndrome one of the main constituents and numerous musculoskeletal injury compensation claims filed each year.  The increased time spent at a computer when at work is a common culprit in the development of this condition. Repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome are made worse by poor quality workstations, which have not been upgraded or are unsuitable for prolonged computer use.

If your employer has been negligent by failing to advise of the risks, not provided a safe environment or not allowed proper breaks, you may be eligible to claim musculoskeletal injury compensation for your carpal tunnel syndrome injury.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is such a concern that the HSE have produced a booklet on the dangers, and how steps can be taken to avoid developing such repetitive strain injuries. Your employer should have made this available to anyone at risk of developing the condition, such as typists and data entry staff. You should inform your employer of the diagnosis and make a report in the accident book, detailing the injury and what is likely to have caused it. Thereafter you should speak with a solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity for legal advice about your eligibility to claim musculoskeletal injury compensation.