If you are suffering from Repetitive Strain Injury, also known as RSI, due to your work you may be entitled to claim compensation.
We have been helping those who have suffered from conditions such as Repetitive Strain Injury as a result of poor working environment to recover compensation for many years.
General causes of Repetitive Strain Injuries
A non-exhaustive list of contributory factors towards the emergence of Repetitive Strain Injuries is as follows:
- An overuse of the muscles on a continued repetitive basis
- Cold temperatures
- Vibrating equipment
- Forceful activities
- Poor posture or a badly organised work area that is not ergonomically sound
- Holding the same posture on a continuous basis
- Prolonged periods of work without a break
- Stress has been proven to increase the incidence of repetitive strain injuries
- Direct pressure or a blow to the body
- Carrying heavy loads on a repeated basis
General RSI Symptoms
- The overriding general symptom of a repetitive strain injury is pain. Usually this is in the local area affected by the RSI, however, this is not always the case. For example, a pinched nerve in the shoulder region could be the reason for a hand based RSI, so it is important to be aware that there may be a certain degree of linkage between injuries.
- Pain will usually manifest itself in the muscles or joints and can affect the shoulders, neck, upper back, arms wrists, hands and fingers amongst others.
- Tingling, numbness, tightness, burning, swelling and general soreness are often experienced along with a feeling of weakness in the affected area.
- Some may experience a different colouration in the skin and/or a change in shape of the affected region.
- Tiredness can often be associated with a repetitive strain injury. The actual pain itself can have a weakening affect, however, depending on the type and severity of the RSI, it can also affect sleeping patterns.
- In the early stages of an RSI it is common to have one or two of the symptoms during the type of activity that brings on the pain, but once the activity has ceased, the symptoms will also disappear. For example, if you are a typist you may experience RSI type symptoms during the day whilst typing, but once you have finished work (or over the weekend) you will not suffer any symptoms. It is important to note that although the pain may be manageable (and it may disappear for large periods of your day) it could develop into a more severe case producing greater pain with more frequency (the RSI symptoms may even become irreversible if the case is sufficiently advanced) if the source of the RSI is not tackled and treatment is not sought.If you’d like some free initial advice, or just need to speak to someone to find out more about what you can do don’t hesitate to call us on 0161 205 2772 or complete our enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
The health & safety executive estimate that individual employers lose around £558 million pounds per year with reduced income and additional expenditure as a result of issues like Repetitive Strain Injury. In addition victims and their families suffer further in the form of pain, grief and loss of amenity.
We specialise in areas such as the construction industry, office injuries such as repetitive strain injury, workplace injuries involving lifting or manual handling, exposure to harmful or dangerous substances, accidents arising from falls, trips or slips and employees exposed to violent attacks or physical assaults.
How we can help
Peasegoods have specialist solicitors experienced in handling claims from Repetitive Strain Injury and most other forms of accident at work.