Assessing if you can claim compensation
Each person’s situation is unique, which is why we believe it’s always best to get tailored legal advice before you make the decision to start a RSI compensation claim.
To help you get started, we offer a free and fast no obligation assessment of your claim over the phone. Our specialists will go through a range of questions to get a clear understanding of your situation before explaining which legal options are available to you.
Can I make a repetitive strain injury compensation claim?
The term repetitive strain injury (RSI) covers a wide range of conditions. This includes frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome. RSI includes injuries to the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.
A repetitive strain injury is a condition which usually affects the hands and arms. It develops when you keep repeating the same movement, causing overuse of your tendons and muscles, causing them become painful and stop functioning properly.
If you have a repetitive strain injury you might have to take time off work, and in some severe cases have an operation. If you have developed RSI at work, we can help you to claim for repetitive strain injury compensation.
Causes of repetitive strain injuries
A number of repetitive activities can cause RSI. This ranges 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.
Symptoms of repetitive strain injury
Depending on your injury, your symptoms could may be constant or intermittent.
The most common symptoms of a repetitive strain injury are:
- Stiffness and tenderness in arms, hands or legs
- Tingling and numbing in hands or fingers
- Weakness and loss of grip
- Cramp and pain in the affected area
- Burning, aching or shooting pains
Repetitive strain injury symptoms generally will be most noticable when you are performing the tasks and movements that caused the injury. If your repetitive strain injuries is caused at work, you will notice symptoms start to fade when you get home and while you’re resting.
The amount of repetitive strain injury compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the severity of your symptoms, and how these affect your day-to-day life. When you get in touch, we can help you assess how much compensation you may be able to claim for.
Jobs at risk of developing repetitive strain injuries
If you daily tasks include a number of repetitive movements, specifically with your hands and arms, you could be at risk of developing a repetitive strain injury.
Below are some examples of the types of job roles in which a RSI is more likely to develop:
- Factory workers involved in manufacturing and production lines who perform repetitive tasks in a difficult posture or with force such as pickers, welders, or machine operators
- Office workers who carry out data inputting, typing, secretarial duties and other similar tasks
Repetitive strain injuries can be prevented. If you are given adequate breaks, plenty of variation in tasks and the right equipment you likely won’t develop the condition.
If you have developed a repetitive strain injury at work, then we can help you. Get in touch and find out how much compensation you may be entitled to.
Your employers' responsibility
Your employer has a legal duty of care, and should do what they can to protect your health and safety. This means they should have measures in place that prevent you from developing any type of injury.
We often find poorly designed workstations, lack of training and minimal breaks to be amongst the main causes of work-related repetitive strain injuries.
If you think you have developed a repetitive strain injury because of your employer’s negligence, our team of industrial disease specialists can help you claim compensation so that you can focus on a stress-free recovery.
Types of repetitive strain injuries
We can help you claim compensation for any of the below conditions:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure being put on the carpal tunnel, which is a narrow passageway in the wrist. It can be very painful and in severe cases you require surgery to alleviate symptoms.
You can develop carpal tunnel syndrome from regular exposure to vibration or as a result of carrying out repetitive tasks with your arms, wrists and hands.
You may be at risk of developing this debilitating condition in any job where you are required to work with vibratory tools or where you often carry out repetitive tasks.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel, we can help you find out if you are owed compensation from your employer. Use our carpal tunnel syndrome compensation calculator to find out how much you may be able to claim.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a similar condition to the more commonly known carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects the elbow and arm.
It can cause several uncomfortable symptoms including severe pain, muscle weakness and numbing sensations.
You can develop tennis elbow as a result of numerous activities, not, as the name suggests, only from tennis.
Tennis elbow is an injury generally caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons in the forearm. It can also be caused by either sudden or subtle injury of the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow.
If your job includes repetitive and strenuous activity you could be at risk of developing a repetitive strain injury such as tennis elbow.
If you are suffering as a result of developing tennis elbow then we can help you claim compensation.
Starting your repetitive strain injury claim
RSI at work - Your rights
At AWH, we have extensive experience in managing repetitive strain injury claims and getting our clients the compensation they deserve.
Are you wondering if you can claim compensation for RSI? Tthen get in touch and let us help you find out what legal options you have.
- What is a repetitive strain injury?
If you have a repetitive strain injury you are suffering from a condition that has developed from repeating the same action a lot. If you have an RSI, your tendons and muscles become painful and stop functioning properly.
Having an RSI can get in the way of your day-to-day life, and might even cause you to stop working. If your tendons and muscles become too damaged you could end up needing an operation.
- Can you claim for repetitive strain injury?
Yes, you can make a claim for compensation if you are suffering from a repetitive strain injury because of your work.
You will be required to provide proof that your injury has occurred due to your employers negligence, whether this be because they haven't provided you with proper equipment or they've failed to give you adequate breaks.
We can help you collect the proof you need to bring forward a successful RSI claim.
- What causes repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injuries are caused by repetitive activities including sports, work-related tasks and computer use. People who work in factories and offices are most likely to develop an RSI.
Badly designed workstations, a lack of training and too few breaks are the main causes of work-related repetitive strain injuries.
If your RSI was caused at your place of work within the last 3 years you are likely able to claim compensation for your suffering.
- What are the symptoms of repetitive strain injury?
The symptoms of repetitive strain injuries depend on what type of injury you have. Your symptoms might be constant or intermittent, and severe or mild.
The most common symptoms of a repetitive strain injury are stiffness, tingling fingers, weakness and a loss of grip, and frequent cramping and numbness.
You are most likely to notice symptoms when you are carrying out a manual task, for example when typing. In lots of cases symptoms disappear when the task is completed.
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