Repetitive Strain Injury Claims
If you are suffering from a work-related repetitive strain injury you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
We can help you claim compensation for pain and suffering, medical treatment and financial setbacks that you have undergone or may go through in the future as a result of your injuries.
AWH Solicitors are experienced in handling claims for people with industrial injuries and work-related conditions, so will be able to expertly manage your claim and secure you the level of compensation that you deserve.
Legal Advice and Guidance with RSI Claims
With over 20 years’ experience we are the experts at claiming compensation for repetitive strain injuries, helping our clients across the country get the compensation they deserve.
We can provide you and your family with all the legal guidance and support necessary to make the process as straight forward as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions about RSI
Pursuing a repetitive strain injury claim can be a particularly complex legal process, so it is important to seek advice from a specialist law firm.
Find out everything you will need to know about how to claim compensation for your repetitive strain injury and contact our solicitors today.
What causes repetitive strain injury?
The term repetitive strain injury (RSI) or work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD) covers a wide range of conditions including frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome, which are often caused or made worse by work.
Repetitive strain injuries are common in many professions.
Blue collar (factory related)
Factory workers involved in manufacturing and production lines who perform repetitive tasks in a difficult posture or with force can sometimes develop aches and pains in their arms, wrists, shoulders fingers and/or thumbs.
White collar (office related)
Office workers who carry out data inputting, typing, secretarial duties and other similar tasks can sustain aches and pains to the upper limbs.
Repetitive activities causing RSI
RSI can be caused by a number of repetitive activities, ranging from sports and other hobbies to work-related tasks and computer use.
Work-related activities are the most common cause of the injury, particularly in factories and offices.
An employer has a legal duty to protect the health and safety of employees, so they should have measures in place that prevent you from developing such an injury.
If you believe that your job has led to suffering from RSI symptoms, your employer may not have implemented the necessary policies.
Our solicitors often find poorly designed workstations, lack of training and minimal breaks to be amongst the main causes of work-related repetitive strain injuries.
What are symptoms of repetitive strain injuries?
Repetitive strain injury symptoms can vary depending on the nature of the injury, however, the most common problems are:
- Tingling and numb fingers
Symptoms often present themselves when a manual task is being performed, for example when typing.
In many cases symptoms disappear when the task is completed, however, they can reappear later on.
Pain in arms and wrists
People who suffer from RSI often comment that pain in the arms or wrists is the main symptom. In these cases the pain generally varies from a sharp pain to a numb dull feeling.
It is important to notify your employer if you begin to suffer any of the above symptoms. This will give them the chance to make changes in your working environment to alleviate pain and future problems.
Is my employer responsible?
A work-related repetitive strain injury is typically caused by the repeated movement or overuse of an upper limb.
As an RSI sufferer, you can make a repetitive strain injury claim for compensation if:
- Your employer knew or reasonably should have known that you were at risk of an RSI
- Your employer failed to implement measures to prevent you from sustaining an RSI
- Your repetitive strain injury was caused by work you performed as part of your contract of employment
Your employer has a duty of care and is legally required to protect your health and safety at work.
Failure to protect employees
If your employer failed to prevent you from sustaining a repetitive strain injury after you informed them of your injuries they can be held responsible for any damage caused.
Proving that your RSI has been caused or worsened by your job can be difficult.
This is mainly because people can also sustain these injuries through out-of-work activities such as sports or something as simple as texting.
Your GP can tell you more
If you believe that your repetitive strain injury is work related, you should document your symptoms straightaway and visit a GP.
They will be able to diagnose your condition and provide you with the medical treatment you require.
Their medical records can also help to strengthen your repetitive strain injury claim as they often confirm the relationship between your work and your condition.
What are common warning signs of a repetitive strain injury?
When concerned about an injury to the upper body, repetitive strain injury symptoms to look out for include:
If your muscles are tight and knotted from excessive use, you may feel a sharp shooting or dull aching pain ranging from slight discomfort to extreme soreness.
RSI sufferers can also feel a certain level of tenderness around joints and pain in tendons.
Frequently using tightened muscles can leave them without enough time to recover.
This can lead to arm weakness as your muscles are left in a permanently fatigued state, also resulting in pain through the tendons and muscles.
Loss of strength and grip
Arm weakness is often accompanied by a loss of strength and reduced grip due to tired muscles.
Arm numbness and tingling
Tense overused muscles can cause you to suffer from restricted blood flow and an inadequate blood supply.
While this doesn’t necessarily result in any pain and fatigue, it can lead to arm numbness and tingling.
The severity of the numb arm will depend on which muscles have been strained.
Stiffness and cramps
Stiffness, throbbing and cramp are also common RSI symptoms.
It is important to remember that people with repetitive strain injuries don’t necessarily suffer from all the warning signs, as the symptoms do vary from person to person.
A repetitive strain injury is a progressive condition, so you should be aware that it will only get worse and become permanent if your circumstances do not change.
How much compensation can you receive for RSI?
The compensation achieved from repetitive strain injury claims can differ from case to case.
Depending on the length of time you have suffered and type of negligence by your employee will result in a stronger case, we take the following into consideration:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs
- Loss of income
- Future medical treatment and care
How we can help you claim compensation
AWH Solicitors will always work hard to achieve claimants the compensation that they deserve.
Our solicitors have extensive experience in managing repetitive strain injury claims and are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for all workers.
You can rely on us to secure you the RSI compensation you require for both the present and the future.
How can I start my repetitive strain injury claim?
If you are suffering from a repetitive strain injury and would like to find out more about claiming for compensation with us, contact AWH Solicitors on 0844 414 0667 or alternatively, request a call back through the contact form below.
Once we have a full understanding of your situation, we will be able to offer advice on the options available to you and provide further information on our claims process.
If you have sustained a repetitive strain injury due to your work or workplace, you are entitled to claim compensation for any medical or financial problems that have been caused.
AWH Solicitors specialises in managing repetitive strain injury claims for employees whose health has suffered as a result of their work or working environment.
Committed to securing justice and compensation for injured employees, we will work hard to handle your claim so that you are awarded with the financial support you deserve.
Work Related Repetitive Strain Injury Claims
Workers that suffer from a repetitive strain injury can claim compensation for the impact the condition has had on their health and wellbeing, if their employer is responsible for the damage caused.
There are different types of repetitive strain injuries for which you may wish to seek compensation. Our solicitors can help you claim compensation for any of the below conditions.
Different forms of RSI
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a disease of the wrist caused by constitutional or environmental factors.
It usually presents itself as reduced movement, tingling, numbness or pain in the wrist and fingers.
The condition is caused by pressure being placed upon the median nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel from the wrist into the hand.
Several fingers are provided with sensation by the median nerve hence the reason that they are affected when the median nerve becomes compressed.
Symptoms are usually worse at night.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a similar condition to the more commonly known carpal tunnel syndrome but is more likely to affect the elbow and arm.
It can cause several uncomfortable symptoms including severe pain, muscle weakness and numbing sensations.
Often the condition can be chronic and affect a sufferer for the rest of their life, however, there are several treatments available.
If you suffer from cubital tunnel syndrome and work in a manual job that involves a lot of physical repetition it could be very likely that this is the cause of your condition.
Tennis Elbow is a common term for a condition caused by overuse of arm and forearm muscles that result in elbow pain.
Playing tennis isn’t the only way of developing tennis elbow; it derives from many other activities.
It is caused by either sudden or subtle injury of the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow.
Tennis elbow specifically involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside bony area of the synovial hinge joint (elbow).
Start Your Compensation Claim for your Repetitive Strain Injury
If you believe you have a case for a repetitive strain injury our team can expertly handle the case on your behalf.
With years of experience running repetitive strain injury cases and a rich understanding of health and safety regulations, our solicitors will be committed to getting you the compensation that you deserve.
What AWH Solicitors Will do
Our industry leading legal team and solicitors specialise in managing repetitive strain injury cases for employees across the nation whose health has suffered as a result of their work or working environment.
From gathering evidence and speaking to witnesses to negotiating settlements with the liable party, our solicitors will look after every stage of the process so that you can continue to rest, recover and live life normally.
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