Repetitive strain injury (RSI) compensation claims

If you have sustained a repetitive strain injury (RSI) due to your work or working environment then you may be entitled to compensation.

Employers have a duty to ensure that their employees are protected from health risks in the workplace as far as is reasonably practicable. This could include operating an appropriate rota system so that one person is not doing the same job all of the time, thus reducing the risk of a repetitive strain.

A repetitive strain injury can be in the form of:

• frozen shoulder
• tennis elbow
carpal tunnel syndrome
• tendonitis
• tenosynovitis.

Typical symptoms can include:

• stiffness
• weakness
• tingling
• numbness
• cramp
• continual aching
• sharp pain.

Symptoms can be caused by:

• repeated use of vibrating tools
• heavy manual lifting
• production line performing repetitive tasks
• using a computer or telephone for long periods
• poorly designed workspaces
• operating machinery
• working in confined spaces causing restricted movements.

In many cases, symptoms will disappear almost as soon as you have a break (such as a 2 week holiday) from doing the work that is causing the problem but will reappear as soon as you go back to your normal working routine.

Anyone who wishes to make a compensation claim has a period of 3 years in which to do so before Court proceedings have to be issued. The 3 year period is easy to calculate if you have been injured in an accident. With RSI claims, the 3 year period will start to run from the date that you realised that the type of work you have been doing has caused the condition from which you now suffer. Usually, but not always, this date could be when your doctor provides you with a diagnosis.

 

Contact us

If you, or a loved one, think your work has caused or worsened a repetitive strain injury and you would like to discuss the possibility of making a repetitive strain injury (RSI) compensation claim please contact our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers on Freephone 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.