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Repetitive Strain Injury Claims

Making a claim for repetitive strain/upper limb disorders

Repetitive strain injury (or RSI) (otherwise known as Upper Limb Disorders) can affect virtually anyone, whatever sector or industry they work in. RSI is becoming recognised as one of the most common workplace injuries, and it is particularly prevalent among those who work for extended periods on keyboards, however, any task that requires repetitive movements can make an employee vulnerable to developing RSI.

What is RSI?

Repetitive strain injury is caused by the overuse and strain of muscles and tendons, particularly in the hands, wrists, arms and back. It is usually the result of an action that is performed over and over many times on a daily and weekly basis, or repeating a particular motion many times over in a single-span of time without sufficient rest. The chances of suffering a repetitive strain injury are increased by improper positioning and activities that require a large amount of manual force or lifting heavy objects.

Symptoms and Development of RSI

Specific types of RSI that affect the hands and wrists include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and ‘trigger finger’.

The symptoms of RSI include:

  • pain, aching or tenderness in the wrist, forearm or fingers
  • stiffness
  • throbbing
  • tingling or numbness
  • weakness
  • cramp

It is important to note that RSI symptoms develop gradually over time.  In the beginning they may only be noticeable when you are performing a specific task such as typing on a keyboard at work.

If you begin to notice one or more of these symptoms developing you need to inform your manager and talk to your doctor.

If ignored, the symptoms will gradually increase and will continue to afflict you after you have stopped performing the specific task.  If left untreated they may become permanent and result in an irreversible long-term disability.

Claiming for repetitive strain injury

Employers are legally obligated under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to protect their employees from repetitive strain injuries. If your employer has failed to do so then you have every right to be compensated financially for the pain, discomfort and decreased quality of life you have suffered as a result. If you have been forced to take extended periods of time off work as a result, or have had to leave your job, you may be entitled to further compensation for loss of earnings.

Claiming for RSI can often be complex.  Although it can be easy enough to show that your employer owed you a duty of care and they breached that duty by continuing to expose you to work-related activities that ended up causing you harm, it can be difficult to provide a causal link between the breach of duty and the injury.  This is because the defendant will often argue that other activities preformed by the claimant outside of work caused, or substantially contributed to the condition.

This is where our services become invaluable.

Injury Lawyers 4U – the personal injury experts

Our personal injury lawyers have successfully handled countless claims for repetitive strain injury, and understand the process from start to finish. If you have suffered RSI through no fault of your own, we have the expertise to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Injury Lawyers 4U work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, so in general in the event that your claim is unsuccessful, you’ll have nothing to pay.

For expert advice on claiming for RSI, contact our expert personal injury team today on 0800 221 8888, or fill in the contact form today and we will call you back as soon as possible.