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Repetitive Strain Injury Claims
Repetitive strain injury is the term used to cover a multitude of soft-tissue injuries caused by repetitive activity. It causes pain in the tendons, muscles or nerves, typically in the hands, wrists, elbows or forearms.
It commonly affects people with a job that involves continuous repetitive movement, such as supermarket checkout workers, assembly line operatives and office workers.
If your employer has failed to implement the appropriate precautions to prevent you developing RSI in the workplace, you may be entitled to make a repetitive strain injury claim.
Find out if you’re eligible to make a No win, No fee industrial disease claim by calling us on 0344 854 7000. Or submit your details below and we’ll call you back for a free, initial no-obligation assessment of your case.
What are the main causes of Repetitive Strain Injury?
RSI is commonly affects people with a job that involves:
• Continuous repetitive movements such as data entry, working on an assembly line or checkout.
• Working at a desk station that hasn’t been ergonomically adjusted to meet your needs, resulting in poor posture and pressure on your joints.
• Working for long periods without a break.
What are the main types of RSI?
Repetitive Strain Injury is the term used to cover a multitude of different upper limb conditions or Work Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULD), including:
• Carpal tunnel Syndrome: This is pressure on a nerve in the wrist, which cases tingling, numbness and pain in the hands and fingers. It can be extremely painful, causing those affected to have trouble sleeping. Symptoms can make it difficult to grip objects and to operate machinery.
CTS can happen as the result of repeated actions of heavy lifting, forceful bending of the wrist, use of pneumatic tools and direct pressure on the base of the palm.
• De Quervains Tenosynovitis: Is the inflammation of the tendons in the wrist and lower thumb. It causes pain along the back of the thumb, directly over the two tendons, medically known as the synovial sheath which controls the movement of the thumb.
It can affect people with a job that involves repetitive twisting of the wrist such as joinery, textiles workers and production line workers.
• Tendonitis: Work-related tendonitis commonly affects people who work in production and assembly roles, where repetitive strain on the tendons lead to injury.
The symptoms of tendonitis include a lump in the tendon, swelling, sometimes heat or redness, trouble moving the tendon and a crackling sensation when moving the tendon.
What is my employers responsibility?
Your employer has a duty of care to look after your health and safety in the workplace. This includes taking the necessary precautions to keep you safe from injury whilst performing your daily tasks.
In order to help minimise the risk of staff developing repetitive strain injury employers should:
- Carry out a risk assessment of your workstation to ensure that it is ergonomically set up to help you work comfortably.
- Allow staff to take short, regular breaks away from screen work/repetitive tasks.
- Provide up to date RSI prevention training.
If they have failed to implement any of the above, which led to you developing an RSI it may be possible to find them negligent in causing your repetitive strain injury.
Call us on 0344 854 7000 or submit your details below and we’ll call you back to discuss your case.
What will I need to do to prove my claim?
In order to prove that you have a valid claim your solicitor will need to be able to successfully:
- Prove that your employer failed to protect you from injury or illness in the workplace.
- Prove that your repetitive strain injury was caused by negligent working practices.
Is there a time frame for making a claim?
You have up to three years from the date in which you became aware that your condition might be work-related to make a claim.
How much compensation will I receive?
Compensation is calculated by taking into account the below factors, including:
• The severity of your further health complications.
• How your life has been affected by your illness.
• Your future care and support needs.
• Financial losses, including how much money you have lost or will lose as a result of your condition (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
Do I need to pay to make a claim?
True Solicitors handle all repetitive strain injury claims on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning that there are no upfront costs to pay.
We offer a free initial, no obligation assessment of your case. Contact us on 0344 854 7000 or submit your details via our online enquiry form and we’ll call you back.