Council gardener wins carpal tunnel syndrome compensation

Fifty one year old Andrew Bowler has been awarded £60,000 compensation after developing carpal tunnel syndrome from working with vibrating tools on a daily basis for nearly thirty years as a landscape gardener for Nottingham County Council.

The condition of carpal tunnel syndrome can result in various symptoms, such as damage and weakness to muscle tissue in the hands, and/or numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers. The carpal tunnel is a narrow channel in the wrist where the median nerve enters the hand, and the syndrome causes the nerve to be pinched causing discomfort and pain, and rendering many routine activities very difficult and painful.

Surgery to correct Mr Bowlers condition was unsuccessful after he was diagnosed in 2008, and he is expected to suffer from the symptoms for the rest of his life.

Working with vibrating tools for prolonged and regular periods can cause a number of injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, and hand-arm vibration syndrome or 'vibration white finger' as it is often called. If you have suffered damage as a result of use of vibrating tools at work, or as a result of any other conditions of work, contact Wilson Nesbitt solicitors in Belfast for information on making a claim for compensation by emailing [email protected] .

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