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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

£40,062 injury compensation for secretary

In November 2001 a Secretary/Personal Assistant was awarded compensation of £40,062 due to Bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Cervical Spondylosis, which was proved to be a consequence of her work. The PA was employed primarily as a typist and spent long hours (approximately 80% of her time) typing documents with inadequate breaks to tight deadlines. Additionally it was claimed that the positioning of her computer monitor to her left so that her head would need to be turned at a 45 degree angle exacerbated her repetitive strain injuries.

The court ruled that the employer was in breach of their statutory duty in failing to control the employees high workload and enforce breaks, however, the judge was not persuaded that the employer was negligent in the placing of the computer monitor.