What is a repetitive strain injury (RSI)?
A repetitive strain injury is a term used for when a repeated movement or overuse causes pain to the sufferer’s muscles, nerves and tendons for example:
- Tasks that involved repetitive movements such as typing cleaning equipment or drilling
- Using vibrating equipment including machinery used in construction or manufacturing
- Not being supplied with the ergonomic tools to relieve pressure
- Completing the task in an “awkward position” for an extended length of time without a sufficient break
A repetitive strain injury is also known as a non-specific upper limb pain or a work-related upper limb disorder.
There are the different type of repetitive strain injuries, some of the more common being carpal tunnel syndrome, vibration white finger and tendonitis.
Repetitive strain injuries will affect every sufferer in a different way, some cases for RSI can be classed as mild whereas some are seen as severe and if left untreated symptoms can get worse and even become untreatable.
How do I know if I have an RSI?
It will usually have been diagnosed by a medical professional, if you believe you may be suffering from an RSI then seek medical attention straight away.
However, we can advise common symptoms of RSI include:
- Pains and cramping
- Throbbing and swelling
- Numbness and tingling
- Aching of the affected area
Symptoms can, unfortunately, be easily missed, they will usually only occur when you are continuously carrying out the same movements that are the cause of your RSI. However, it is often found that RSI sufferers can still feel symptoms even after they have finished their task i.e. when they have finished work or are taking a break.
If you are suffering from the above symptoms then contact our legally trained team of advisors, they are experienced in dealing with situations similar to you and can give you tailored help, guidance and support.
How do I know if I can make a claim?
Living with a condition such as RSI can be difficult, constant and impact greatly on your lifestyle. Discomfort is caused from the initial symptoms and dealing with this day-to-day can be overwhelming, this is where compensation could help ease the struggles caused by your injury and make daily life a little bit more manageable again.
If you are suffering from a repetitive strain injury then don’t be too quick to blame yourself, we understand it can sometimes be easy to do so and is actually very a common reason for people not making a compensation claim that they are entitled to.
Your employer owes you and your colleagues a duty of care to ensure you are provided with a safe working environment, including providing you with the correct equipment and ensuring you have received the correct training for the tasks you are supposed to carry out as a part of your job requirements. If your employer has failed their duty of care and you have suffered a repetitive strain injury, as a result, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.
Time off work and spending money on treatments and medication to help recover from your RSI can lead to additional stresses such as financial worries, we understand this is the last thing you need when you’re trying to adjust to day-to-day life due to your injury, that’s why when considering your claim we will try to cover all aspects of your life that have been affected.
To gain more advice or information then get in touch on 08000 250 250. Our legally trained advisors are here to help, we will ask a few questions about your experiences and injuries, this way we can tailor the advice we give to best suit you.
If we feel you have a claim and you’re happy to go ahead we can get everything set up in one quick call and because we’re not a middle-men your details won’t leave our system.
If I made a claim would the compensation come from my employer?
Your employer owes you a duty of care, whether you work in an office or on a construction site, whatever your job role is, they have to take the necessary measurements to ensure your health and safety are not compromised when at work. Warning you of the potential risks of sustaining an RSI and informing you of the preventative steps you can take are included in this duty of care.
Here at Direct Solicitors, we appreciate how concerning it can be when thinking of the financial impact making a claim could have on your employer. This is a common query that we receive and we can advise there is nothing to worry about, all employers in the UK have a legal requirement to obtain employer’s liability insurance, therefore, any compensation claims made will be paid out by the company who provides the insurance.
Can my employer dismiss me or will it affect my prospects in the company if I make a claim?
This is also another common query we receive regarding work-related injuries. But the answer is “no”.
It is against the law for your employer to treat you differently because you have exercised your legal rights and made a claim you’re entitled to make.
If you were to be dismissed then you would be able to take legal action against your employer as it will be considered as unfair dismissal.
As well as a compensation claim helping you better prepare for your future, making a claim can also help highlight health and safety issues in the workplace leading to your employer taking action which will help protect you and your colleagues.
How much compensation could I get if I made a claim for my repetitive strain injury?
A repetitive strain injury can be life-altering, we feel it is unfair that you should be left with the financial consequences if your injury has been sustained through someone else’s negligence.
That’s why, in every compensation claim we process, we ensure that every aspect of the claimant’s life and their loved ones live, that has been affected by the injury is considered. We do this to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
As well as your injury, we will also look to recover compensation for:
- Loss of earning and future loss of earnings
- The impact your injury is causing to your daily routines such as work and personal activities
- Impact on your career and any future career prospects or education
- The impact you have suffered emotionally
- The costs of medication, treatment and recovery
- Care received, even if it has been free from a loved one
We pride ourselves on offering tailored advice, that’s why we assess every case on an individual basis. So, when you contact our legal advice team we will ask you information about your experiences and injuries to ensure you get the best support and guidance.
Because each case is assessed individually the amount of compensation you receive will not be a set figure. Therefore, we cannot give you an estimated amount of compensation you will receive at this stage, the amount is based upon the severity and impact of your injury as well as the aspects listed above. However, if you would like to get a rough figure to give you a guideline then try our online claims compensation calculator.
I want to start my claim, where do I start?
At Direct Solicitors we like to make everything as simple and easy as possible, that’s why you can get the ball rolling in one quick call, just get in touch with our team on 08000 250 250 and we will go through everything with you.
We like to ensure you understand the entire process of the claim and what we do on your behalf, this way you can feel at ease knowing what will happen, as we understand making a claim can feel like a stressful situation.
Once you have spoken with one of our legal advice team about your experiences and injuries they will tell you whether we think you are eligible to make a claim on a no-obligation basis.
If you are eligible and you wish to proceed then we can get your claim set up in one quick step, at this stage we will inform you more about funding your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.