Osteoarthritis due to work compensation claims

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. It commonly impacts on:

  • hips
  • knees
  • elbows
  • fingers and thumbs
  • wrists.

The condition occurs over a long period of time and is often the result of large amounts of manual labour that causes wear and tear to joints.

Cartilage enables the joints to move easily and smoothly but if the cartilage becomes worn, the bone will increase in size and weight, which impacts movement.

 

Osteoarthritis symptoms

Typical symptoms of osteoarthritis are:

  • pain when lifting, bending or performing repetitive movements
  • decreased ability to walk long distances without pain
  • stiffness, especially first thing in the morning
  • dull or sharp pains and aches when moving
  • intermittent swelling of the joints.

Osteoarthritis is a painful and serious condition, which can affect your mobility and seriously reduce your quality of life.

 

Osteoarthritis causes

Types of activity which are likely to cause osteoarthritis include:

  • repetitive actions especially those requiring force
  • repetitive impact on a joint
  • actions which strain the joint to its limits
  • using certain machinery e.g. a road drill.

Your employer has to provide reasonable measures to reduce the risk especially in jobs which could cause symptoms

 

Contact us

If you, or a loved one, have developed osteoarthritis as a result of your work then you may be entitled to compensation. To find out more about making an osteoarthritis compensation claim please call our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers on Freephone 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.