Last updated on August 2nd, 2019
Tenosynovitis is a specific type of repetitive stress injury that results from the swelling of the synovial sheath. This is a protective sheath that covers certain tendons in the arm and wrist. Some types of actions can cause this protective sheath to get inflamed, injuring the tendons that lie beneath. The area most commonly affected by tenosynovitis is the wrist.
If you believe that your tenosynovitis symptoms were the result of performing certain repetitive tasks at work, you may have a legal right to file a tenosynovitis compensation claim.
Causes And Symptoms Of Tenosynovitis
Repetitive hand and arm movements made over extended periods of time without taking enough breaks is the most common cause of tenosynovitis. Swelling, tenderness, and pain are typical symptoms of this condition.
Taking adequate breaks through the work day can minimise the risk of developing tenosynovitis. If the condition does develop, resting the arm during the initial stages can help to resolve the swelling and inflammation and prevent the symptoms from getting worse. However, if no preventive measures are taken or no treatment is provided in the initial stages, in most cases the condition will become chronic.
During the initial stages the symptoms of tenosynovitis may include swelling, tenderness and stiffness in the wrist area. These symptoms get exacerbated when the condition becomes chronic. Chronic tenosynovitis can be very painful, making it very difficult, and in some cases impossible, to use the wrist especially for smaller movements such as holding a pen and writing or opening a bottle.
Professions Most At Risk Of Tyenosynovitis
Professions that involve performing repeated movements of the arm and hand are highest at risk for this condition. This may include but is not limited to:
- Computer operators;
- Construction Workers;
- Workers who operate vibrating equipment;
- Workers who operate heavy machinery.
Work Related Tenosynovitis Compensation Claims
According to the law, employers have a duty of care towards their employees. This means employers are required by law to conduct a risk assessment of the workplace and accordingly put measures in place to reduce the risk of tenosynovitis injuries that are inherent in that particular workplace.
If employees are required to perform jobs that involve repeated hand and arm movements that put them at risk for repeated stress injuries, employers are responsible for first exploring alternative ways of getting the job done in order to eliminate the risk factor completely. Where this is not possible, then they are required to take appropriate action to minimise the risk. If an employer fails to do this you may have a case for making a tenosynovitis compensation claim.
For example, working at the computer with a keyboard and mouse continuously for long hours without a break is a risk factor for tenosynovitis. While it may be impossible to do away with computer operators completely, employers can make sure that they get adequate rest times through the work day, which will help to minimise the risk of developing workplace repetitive stress injuries.
Providing workers with appropriate ergonomic equipment and extensive training on good work practices are just some of many things that employers are expected to do to protect their workers from any type of workplace injury. If your employer failed in their duty of care and you developed tenosynovitis as a result, you should consider consulting with a personal injury solicitor to explore your legal right to claim tenosynovitis workers compensation.
Making A Successful Tenosynovitis Compensation Claim
In order to file a successful tenosynovitis compensation claim, you will first need to be able to prove that your symptoms were the result of the actions you performed in the workplace. Secondly, you have to prove that the injury was caused due to somebody else’s negligence – in this case, the person or entity at fault would almost certainly be your employer. This means you need to prove that your employer was aware of the risks but did not take any steps to eliminate or minimise those risks.
Unless you have sufficient legal knowledge and experience, attempting to pursue a tenosynovitis compensation claim by yourself can be extremely challenging. It will also take up a whole lot of time, leaving you with little or no time to attend to your injuries or your other personal and professional commitments. Having an experienced personal injury solicitor handling your claim is almost always the better option for anyone who wishes to claim compensation or their no-fault injuries.
Advantages Of Having A Personal Injury Solicitor
The thought of having to pay hefty legal fees is one of the reasons why many people either attempt to file a compensation claim without getting legal help. To make it easier for injury victims to get the compensation due to them without stressing over the financial aspect, most personal injury solicitors offer a free consultation, during which they will weigh the merits of your case. If you have a strong case, they will go one step further and offer to take on your tenosynovitis compensation claim using a No Win No Fee agreement.
The No Win No Fee agreement states that the solicitor agrees to represent you without taking any upfront legal fees. If your tenosynovitis compensation claim is not successful, you are not liable to pay any fees. You are only liable to pay if your claim is successful and you are awarded compensation. Typically, the amount you would pay on a successful outcome is calculated as a percentage of the total compensation awarded to you. Getting a personal injury solicitor to represent you using a No Win No Fee agreement gives you all the benefits of the solicitor’s experience without having to pay a penny first.
In addition to getting expert legal representation without any upfront costs, having a personal injury solicitor working for you also allows you to take some time off to rest and recover from your injuries knowing that your legal interests are being taken care of. A personal injury solicitor will also do their very best to make sure that you get the maximum compensation that is due to you for your tenosynovitis compensation claim.