The term ‘musculoskeletal disorder’ is used to describe a number of upper limb disorders such as tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tendinitis. Many of these conditions are known as Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI.
If you have suffered from any kind of repetitive strain injury as a result of your working conditions, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
The workplace injury solicitors at First Personal Injury are ready to advise you on your potential claim. Call us on 0800 808 9740 or get in touch online for more information.
If you feel that you have cause to make an injury claim, contact our team of solicitors today on the telephone number above or complete our claim online form to get started.
Repetitive Strain Injury, or RSI, is the term applied to disorders that occur as a result of the prolonged and repetitive use of limbs, which can lead to a variety of symptoms including pain, swelling, numbness, weakness and loss of dexterity. Symptoms don’t necessarily occur immediately after strenuous activity; it may take hours or days before they begin to set in, and not everyone will experience all symptoms.
In 2016/17 more than half a million people in the UK suffered from some form of RSI. The problem is increasing principally through the intensive use of computers and other technology that involves large amounts of keyboarding. Posture-related health problems are also growing due to the sedentary nature of many jobs nowadays.
Repetitive Strain Injury usually occurs as a result of carrying out repetitive activities such as:
Both of these activities involve the limbs being in a fixed position for too long whilst they are supported incorrectly. This causes continuous muscle contraction which can cause Repetitive Strain Injury.
However, there are many other causes of the condition, including cold temperatures, working without a break, a badly designed chair or desk that results in poor posture and vibrating equipment.
The three most frequent types of repetitive strain injury are as follows:
If you have pain and weakness in the hand and forearm this could be carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is usually caused by highly repetitive manual acts like grasping of items by the hands. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is most common amongst factory line workers.
De Quervain’s Syndrome is most commonly suffered by office workers using a computer. It involves pain and swelling of the wrist, usually on the thumb side.
This is a problem commonly associated with workers using machines that involve prolonged grip, such as industrial drills. The injury involves pain in the fingers or thumb that makes it difficult to straighten them.
Whilst there is no official cure for RSI, your doctor may be able to treat specific conditions (such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) with treatments such as steroid injections, surgery or physiotherapy. Regular resting of the injured limb is recommended, however resting for long periods of time can cause the muscles to weaken. To avoid weakening and encourage circulation, gently massage and flex the affected area.
There are certain measures you can take to help prevent RSI occurring, for example, if you work at a desk, make sure it is arranged correctly and your equipment is set up to meet your specifications. When sitting, place both feet on the floor, position your screen at eye level and arrange objects that you frequently use within easy reach. Short, regular breaks from repetitive activity, such as a walk to the photocopier, allow muscles to relax and help to prevent limbs from becoming tense.
If you believe that your repetitive Strain Injury is a result of employer negligence then yes, you can make a claim for compensation. Your employer is legally bound under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 to prevent RSI and ensure that those who already have the condition do not experience deterioration.
If you believe that your employer was aware of the risks involved with your work but they did nothing to prevent these risks, then call today to speak to one of our friendly injury lawyers.
Personal injury compensation for repetitive strain injury is not dependant on the actual injury, but on the effect it has had on the individual. Consideration will be made to whether you required surgery, the amount of pain you have suffered, and whether you were able to work through the injury.
The following is just a guide to the potential levels of compensation, excluding financial losses such as loss of earnings:
If you believe that your employer was aware of the risks involved with your work but they did nothing to prevent it, then call today to speak to one of our friendly injury lawyers.
Level of Repetitive Strain Injury
|Complete recovery in a matter of weeks||Around £1,575|
|Complete recovery within a few months||Up to £2,300|
|Pain that lasts 2-3 years||£6,175 – £7,700|
|One side of the body affected and ongoing, intermittent pain||£10,600 up to £11,700|
|Bilateral incapacity resulting in surgery and possible loss of employment||£15,650|
If you feel you have suffered a repetitive strain injury due to your working environment you should contact personal injury solicitors with experience in this area.
Repetitive strain injury claims for compensation can often be quite complicated as it can be difficult to prove exactly how the injury occurred. With that in mind it’s vital you seek legal advice from an experienced legal team – to stand the best chance of securing compensation.
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