Repetitive Strain Injury Claims
What is repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injury, also known as RSI, is when repetitive movements cause injuries to muscles, ligaments and tendons. It can affect many parts of the body, but it’s especially common in the hands, elbows or wrists.
There are two main types, depending on how severe it is:
— Type 1: visible swelling or inflammation, and an associated diagnosable medical condition (e.g. vibration white finger syndrome)
— Type 2: no other medical condition, but causes numbness and cramping
Having to deal with the pain RSI causes every day can leave you feeling depressed and frustrated, especially if your hands are affected – you may find it difficult to grip, type or write and this can stop you from being able to get on with your day-to-day life.
To find out whether you could make a claim, or for answers to your questions, you can contact us for free on 0800 234 6438. Or, if you’d prefer, you can fill in our secure online form at the top of this page to arrange a call back.
Making a repetitive strain injury claim
It’s easy to brush a condition like RSI aside, and just accept it as a side-effect of your job. But in many cases the condition is avoidable, and you shouldn’t have to face the consequences of an injury which wasn’t your fault.
Repetitive strain injury can affect your day-to-day life – and because the pain is often worse when doing the activity that caused it in the first place, it’s likely you’ve had to take time off work or find a new job altogether.
This means, on top of the physical pain, you might have received less pay than usual. You may also have had to pay for expensive prescriptions or treatment, which can build up to make your situation much more stressful than it needs to be.
If you decide to get in touch with us, we’ll let you know whether we think you can make a compensation claim. Then, if you give us your permission, we’ll be able to pass you on to the right solicitor for your case. They’ll take all the costs and effects of your injury into consideration to work out the amount you’re owed, and they’ll do their best to get you that amount.
Will you need any evidence?
It can sometimes be useful if you can collect some evidence to help with your compensation claim – but our solicitors will be able to give you more information on this.
For example, it can be useful to get photos, or descriptions of your workstation or equipment you were using.
It can also be helpful to get write down details of any times you informed your employer of the problems you were experiencing, as well as any witnesses. If possible, you should keep records of any medical treatment you’ve received.
Repetitive strain injuries at work
Many people who get in touch with us about repetitive strain injury have done so because their employer has failed to give them the training or equipment they needed to be able to do their job safely.
All employers have a duty of care to keep you safe from RSI, as set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They should make sure you have regular breaks, provide you with the correct equipment (such as an adjustable chair), and carry out risk assessments.
RSI can happen in almost any workplace, but is particularly common in:
- Offices: RSI could be caused by typing, or sitting at a badly designed work station
- Construction: especially as a result of vibrating machinery and repetitive heavy lifting
Everyone has the right to feel safe while they’re at work – making a compensation claim can help you get the compensation you need and highlights safety problems so that your colleagues don’t suffer in the same way.
What causes repetitive strain injury?
Upper Limb Disorders (which includes RSIs) can be caused by a lot of different factors, such as:
- Repetitive tasks
- Uncomfortable working positions
- Using excessive or sustained force
- Lack of proper rest periods
- Badly organised work station
To be able to make a compensation claim, your accident needs to have been caused by unsafe or unhealthy work practices – but don’t worry, if you’re feeling unsure we’ll be able to let you know whether we think you can make a claim.
How much could you claim?
Your solicitor will consider the details of your injury and the impact it’s had on your life, and they’ll then look to cover these in the compensation you receive.
Because we look at each case on an individual basis, we can’t tell you exactly how much you could receive before starting your claim. But you can use our compensation calculator to get a guideline figure.
You can rest assured that your solicitor will work hard to secure you the full amount you’re owed for your injury, so that you’re not left out of pocket.
The majority of our claims can be made on a no win no fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay your solicitor anything if your claim is unsuccessful.