10 June 2009
Carpel tunnel syndrome sufferer secures compensation
A worker who developed carpel tunnel syndrome has been awarded a payout of £18,000.
Paul Flintoff worked for a firm which specialised in producing concrete casts for use in the building of tunnels.
The 46-year-old was employed by the firm for more than 22 years and, during the 1980s, he used hand-held vibrating tools.
He was subsequently diagnosed with carpel tunnel syndrome, which results in pain, numbness and a tingling or burning sensation in the hands and fingers.
The condition is caused by the narrowing of the carpel tunnel, which results in pressure being exerted on the nerve within it.
Recently, his ex-employers admitted liability for his injuries and came to an agreement to issue the compensation.
According to the NHS, the syndrome is one of the most common conditions affecting the nerves of the hand and nearly five per cent of women and three per cent of men suffer from it.