Upper limb disorders cover a number of industrial diseases that affect the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist or hand. These repetitive strain injuries can be caused when a worker’s job requires them to perform the same task over a prolonged period of time.
Businesses should have health and safety procedures in place to guard against these conditions, and if you feel your employer is to blame for your workplace injury then Sheldon Davidson Solicitors may be able to assist you in your claim for compensation.
Common Upper Limb Disorders
Here is a list of some of the more common upper limb disorders leading to industrial disease claims:
- Tenosynovitis (including De Quervain syndrome) – inflammation of the tendons in the hands or wrist, often caused by repetitive action ranging from typing to heavy lifting.
- Rotator cuff syndrome – complete or partial tearing of the muscles and tendons around the shoulder, which can be caused by lifting or pulling an object that is too heavy for you.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – prolonged work with the hands leading to compression of the median nerve in the wrist, causing numbness, pain and pins and needles of varying severity.
- Tennis/Golfer’s elbow – causing pain and discomfort in the forearm, neither condition is specifically linked to sport and they are in fact caused by repeated actions such as bending and flexing the muscles.
- Vibration white finger – affects the hands and fingers of workers who regularly work with vibrating tools and machinery.
There are many things your employer can do to guard against these conditions, from providing you with machinery for heavy lifting to ensuring all staff have regular breaks.
How to make a compensation claim
Upper limb disorders can affect employees in any industry, from factory workers to office staff. If you are diagnosed with a repetitive strain injury and you feel your employer could have done more to prevent it, you should get in touch with Sheldon Davidson Solicitors about a claim.
You must claim within three years of receiving your diagnosis, otherwise you will no longer be eligible for compensation.