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Upper Limb Disorders
Work Related Upper Limb Disorders Claims
Upper limb disorders cover several work-related maladies. These repetitive strain injuries are caused were employees are not afforded suitable training to complete their duties, work in an environment that provides insufficient manoeuvrability, or are asked to perform the same tasks repeatedly, causing repetitive strain injury.
Affecting the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist or hand, work-related upper limb disorders can significantly impact a person’s life, forcing them to take time off work, restricting movement and making seemingly simple daily tasks difficult to perform.
Have, or are you currently suffering with a debilitating upper limb disorder? Have you endured chronic or persistent upper limb pain as a result of your workplace environment? If so, Versus Law upper limb disorders solicitors in Manchester have the calibre to help get compensation for your injury.
Common Upper Limb Disorders
There are many actions that your employer should take to safeguard your physical health in a workplace environment. From insisting all employees undertake a moving and handling course to providing access to machinery for heavy duty lifting.
Should such conditions not be provided, there are several common upper limb disorders that employees can manifest. This include:
- Tenosynovitis (including De Quervain syndrome) – tendon inflammation in the arms and wrist, often resulting from repetitive actions such as lifting
- Rotator cuff syndrome – partial or total tearing of the muscles and tendons of the shoulder, often caused by lifting or pulling a very heavy object
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – prolonged working with your hands can compress the median nerve in the wrist, often causing numbness and pain
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow – pain and discomfort in the forearm, often resulting from repeated actions, such as bending and flexing muscles
- Vibration white finger – a secondary affect of Raynaud syndrome in which artery spasm causes restricted blood flow which effects digits, causing them to vibrate uncontrollably
The Symptoms of Upper Limb Disorders
Any underlying or developed symptoms of upper limb disorders may indicate a significant health issue. As symptoms manifest, it can prove to be increasing difficult to carry out professional duties or general day-to-day tasks.
The most common symptom of upper limb disorders includes the following:
- Limb tenderness
- Aches and pains
- Swelling of muscles in the arms and neck
- Paraesthesia (pins and needles)
- Lack of grip
If you’re currently experiencing one, several or all these symptoms, it’s imperative that you seek medical attention. Upper limb disorders in Manchester needed to be treated as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration.
An Employer’s Responsibilities
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Management of Health and Safety Work Regulations 1999, employers are dutybound to managing and controlling the risks associated with work-related ULDs (unit load devices.)
More pertinently, employers are responsible for providing a safe working environment. This includes assessing all risks and taking appropriate action to minimise – and wherever possible – completely remove all health and well-being related risks in the workplace.
Should a dereliction of duty on the part of your employer be suspected, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. In this instance, you must contact a reputable and learned upper limb disorders solicitors in Manchester, like Versus Law.
How Do I Make an Upper Limb Disorders Claim?
The first step to making a claim is to contact Versus Law solicitors. We will then organise to meet you at a FREE consultation to discuss your case. Once we understand the nature of your upper limb disorder, your circumstances, and the effect that your workplace has had on your disorder, we will talk you through your options and provide you with expert on how to make a claim.
At this stage, all you need to do is to provide us with all the details of your circumstance, the effect that the disorder has had on your life, including any absences from work and loss of earnings. If you have any medical records of ongoing treatment, that would be helpful also.
Once we’ve gathered all the information, our perceptive and sharp upper limb disorders solicitors in Manchester will contact your employer to see if they are prepared to take responsibility. If they do, we will try to get interim compensation payments. Any agreed amount will be paid to you prior to the settlement of your claim and can help financially towards any loss of income, medical treatment or travel expenses.
As part of our thorough service, we may instruct a medical professional to examine you to understand the extent of your injury.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Upper Limb Disorders?
The amount of compensation for any upper limb disorders in Manchester is entirely dependent on individual circumstances. Versus Law’s specialist solicitors will need to get as much information as possible before negotiating with your employer on any settlement. Factors that influence the amount of compensation that you’ll likely receive include:
- The severity or longevity of your disorder
- The actions taken or not taken by your employer
- Short and long-term effects
- Loss of earnings
- Any medical expenses you’ve had to pay
- Your ongoing care and support, both immediately and in the future
We will make sure that the compensation you receive will to support you immediately and in the future.
No Win No Fee Upper Limb Disorders Claims
Versus Law offers a no win no fee service to clients suffering with upper limb disorders. This means that you won’t have to pay anything upfront or if your claim is unsuccessful.
In a successful claim, the person or person’s responsible will be responsible for paying your legal fees, with any outstanding balance deducted from your compensation.
Throughout your claim, our sympathetic and industrious upper limb disorders solicitors in Manchester will keep you informed of your claim’s progress. We will also provide you sound legal advice and communicate professionally with your employer.
Is There a Time Limit on Making an Upper Limb Disorder Claim?
You can make a claim anytime within three years of becoming aware that your upper limb injury might be linked to work.
If your injury occurred outside of the UK, the three-year grace period may not be reduced. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to make a claim for compensation, contact Versus Law today.
Why Choose Us?
We are an award-winning legal practice with considerable experience settling upper limb disorder claims. Our transparent approach is mirrored by our commitment to helping you achieve favourable compensation for any upper limb injury, and any psychological distress caused.
We successfully settle thousands of workplaces claims every year. This experience is tantamount to employing a solicitor with the very best knowledge of how to resolve upper limb disorders claims quickly and favourably.
To receive your free consultation at Versus Law and discuss how any upper limb disorders in Manchester have effected your ability to work and your life in general and see if you could be entitled to receive compensation, contact us today on 0845 555 0606 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer, you can complete our contact form here.