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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is classed as a repetitive strain injury and is thought to stem from repetitive movement. CTS affects the median nerve which is the nerve that runs down the forearm and into the hand, facilitating movement. CTS symptoms include:

  • Pain in the hand, wrist or forearm
  • Difficulty picking up small objects
  • Numbness and prickling sensations in the hand, wrist or forearm

Where Does Medical Negligence Come In?

In many cases, rest is the best way to treat CTS. In extreme cases, the sufferer may need corrective surgery. Most people respond very well to corrective surgery and make a full recovery. However, this isn’t always the case:

  • CTS surgery, when performed incorrectly, may do further damage to the median nerve. The patient’s symptoms may become considerably worse afterwards and the road to recovery becomes a lot longer
  • If the patient was not previously suffering from CTS but had an operation where the median nerve was severed or damaged, the condition may even be directly caused by surgery

If either of the above applies to you, you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence.

Medical Responsibility

Medical professionals have a legal responsibility to ensure that all patients receive the appropriate treatment while under their care. If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome that was either caused or made worse by medical care, you may be entitled compensation.

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