Tenosynovitis is a type of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) that can be painful and make the movement of your joints difficult. Those who suffer from tenosynovitis can struggle to work or carry on with their usual activities such as supporting their families. Importantly, if you’ve received a tenosynovitis diagnosis and it has been linked to your working conditions, you may be eligible to make a tenosynovitis compensation claim.
If you believe your employer should compensate you for tenosynovitis, our team can help. We offer a free consultation where the case will be reviewed and your questions will be answered by a specialist advisor. If your claim appears strong enough, we could introduce you to one of our personal injury solicitors. To reduce your financial risk and stress levels, they’ll represent you on a No Win No Fee basis if your claim is accepted. That means there are no legal fees payable unless compensation is awarded.
For more information on tenosynovitis compensation claims, please continue reading. Alternatively, feel free to call us on 0800 6524 881 to discuss your claim right away.
Table of contents
- What Is Tenosynovitis?
- Am I Eligible To Make A Tenosynovitis Compensation Claim?
- What Occupations Are Most At Risk Of Tenosynovitis?
- What Types Of Negligence Can Lead To Tenosynovitis Compensation Claims?
- How Much Compensation For Tenosynovitis Could I Claim?
- What Evidence Will Support A Tenosynovitis Compensation Claim?
- What’s The Time Limit For Claiming Tenosynovitis Compensation?
- Starting The Tenosynovitis Compensation Claims Process
The tendons in your body are cords that join your muscles to your bones. They enable the movement of your joints by tightening and contracting. A synovial membrane surrounds your tendons to protect them. Tenosynovitis occurs when this protective membrane is damaged, inflamed or irritated.
There are various forms of tenosynovitis including:
- De Quervain’s tendinosis. This condition, also known as radial styloid tenosynovitis, causes pain on the back of your wrist near the thumb.
- Trigger finger. Inflammation affecting the tendons in the finger and thumb.
- Forearm tenosynovitis. Where the tendons in the forearm (extensor, carpril radialis, extensor carpal ulnaris and extensor carpi ulnaris) become inflamed.
- Peroneal tenosynovitis. Affecting the tendons on either side of the ankles.
Most workplace tenosynovitis claims would typically be based on symptoms affecting the wrists, forearms and thumbs.
The main symptoms of tenosynovitis include:
- Swelling near a joint.
- Varying degrees of pain.
- Difficulty moving a joint.
- Discolouration across a tendon.
While tenosynovitis can be caused by infections, autoimmune diseases and traumatic injuries, we’ll concentrate on tenosynovitis compensation claims linked to overuse in this guide.
If diagnosed correctly and the cause of your symptoms is removed, it is possible to recover from tenosynovitis. However, in some cases, chronic tenosynovitis can lead to permanent or long-term pain and suffering so this must be considered in any compensation claim.
Legally, employers have a duty of care to try and keep you safe at work because of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This means that you could claim compensation for tenosynovitis if:
- Your employer breached their duty of care through an act of negligence; and
- You have been diagnosed with tenosynovitis as a result.
As you can imagine, proving how you sustained an injury at work over a period of time can be quite a complex task. Therefore, later on, we’ll review what evidence you could supply to improve your chances of being compensated.
Tenosynovitis can be caused by repeated movements over a prolonged period of time. Therefore, occupationally-related tenosynovitis is a particular risk to:
- Computer operators.
- Construction workers.
- Workers who use heavy machinery or vibrating equipment.
This list is not conclusive so please get in touch if you’ve been diagnosed with tenosynovitis and your GP believes it is linked to your employment.
As described above, to claim compensation for tenosynovitis at work, your employer must have been negligent in some way. Some examples of negligence leading to tenosynovitis claims include:
- If your employer failed to carry out regular risk assessments of your role.
- Where your employer didn’t allow you regular rest breaks.
- If the use of low-vibration tools was not considered.
- If you were not provided with proper training on how to reduce the risk of injury.
- Where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was not supplied by your employer.
Essentially, tenosynovitis compensation claims may be possible if your employer failed in their duty of care to try and keep you as safe as possible whilst working.
As explained earlier, tenosynovitis can lead to short-term suffering but it can also result in permanent damage. Therefore, if you claim compensation for tenosynovitis, you should carefully consider exactly how you’ve been affected to ensure you receive a fair settlement.
Any compensation that is awarded for tenosynovitis could include damages to cover:
- The physical suffering caused by tenosynovitis.
- Depression and other forms of mental harm linked to your injuries.
- Medical expenses including prescription fees and physiotherapy.
- Loss of earnings.
- Loss of amenity i.e. the impact tenosynovitis has on your usual activities (including your hobbies).
- Care costs if somebody else supports you.
- Travel expenses.
- Future reductions in earnings for long-term tenosynovitis.
- Adaptations to your house or vehicle to make it easier to live with permanent tenosynovitis symptoms.
We believe that it’s best to seek specialist legal representation when claiming for tenosynovitis as it could make it easier to win your claim and might lead to an increased compensation payout. If you work with one of our personal injury solicitors, they’ll review everything with you in detail to try and ensure that you are compensated fairly.
As tenosynovitis affects people in different ways, it’s difficult to estimate what payout you might be entitled to until your claim has been reviewed properly. However, we’ve included some compensation amounts for tenosynovitis as a guide:
- £2,200 – £3,530 compensation where there is a complete recovery from tenosynovitis in a matter of weeks or a few months.
- £8,640 – £10,750 where symptoms have resolved within 3 years.
- £14,900 – £16,340 compensation for continuing symptoms.
- £21,910 – £23,130 where tenosynovitis has caused loss of employment and has required surgery with continuing disability.
As part of the claims process, your solicitor will need to prove the extent of your tenosynovitis. This means you might need an independent medical assessment. Therefore, you’ll be seen by a medical expert who’ll examine your medical records and the current state of your injuries. They’ll also find out how your symptoms are affecting you on a daily basis. The report that follows the meeting will help your solicitor to calculate how much compensation you might be entitled to.
When you claim compensation for tenosynovitis, your employer will usually pass the case to their insurers. Therefore, you’ll need to convince them about the cause of your condition, your employer’s negligence and how you’ve been affected. Some of the evidence that can help with this process includes:
- Medical evidence. It is vital that you have received a diagnosis of tenosynovitis from your GP before you make a claim. Their notes can be used as evidence to support your claim.
- Correspondence. If you emailed or texted your employer to raise concerns about your working conditions, forward any copies to your solicitor. Additionally, if an occupational health specialist has reviewed your work environment, a copy of their report could also be helpful.
- Witness statements. If necessary, your solicitor may contact colleagues to ask them to confirm your working conditions.
- Photographs. Where possible, photographs of your workplace should be provided to help confirm your working conditions and the potential cause of your tenosynovitis.
- A personal statement. Your solicitor will help you to prepare a statement to help confirm how your tenosynovitis developed and how it’s affected you.
- Records of expenses/losses. Keep any receipts, bank statements, wages slips etc and a record of any other expenses/losses you may have incurred as these could be recuperated.
As part of our free initial consultation, we are happy to advise you about how to secure evidence for a tenosynovitis compensation claim or review any you’ve already collected. If this would be helpful, please get in touch today.
There is a 3-year time limit for tenosynovitis claims in the UK. As the condition can take time to develop, the limitation period will not usually start until the date a doctor diagnosed your condition. This is referred to as the date of knowledge.
Claims can take anywhere from 6 months to more than a year to be settled depending on whether your employer accepts liability early on or not. If they do, you might be entitled to claim interim payments to cover loss of earnings or medical costs before the claim is settled.
Besides that, it’s usually a good idea to start the claim as early as possible to improve the chance of securing supporting evidence.
We’re here to help if you’ve decided to make a tenosynovitis claim. Our team are ready to review your claim for free if you call on 0800 6524 881 today. Whatever you decide to do, we’ll offer no-obligation legal advice about your options.
If your claim has a reasonable chance of success and is accepted by a solicitor from our team, they’ll manage everything on a No Win No Fee basis so you won’t need to pay any legal fees in advance.
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