Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the UK. It is commonly found in office workers and manual labourers and is related to carrying out repeated actions and movements. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work or you suffer from a work-related injury, such as RSI, you may wish to think about claiming compensation.
What exactly is RSI?
RSI is a condition which most commonly affects the wrists, hands, shoulders, arms and neck; it is often diagnosed in office workers who spend hours every day typing and using a computer. Common signs and symptoms of repetitive strain injury include:
- tingling and pins and needles
- aches and pains
Preventing RSI in the office
If you’re eager to keep RSI and other work injuries at bay, here are some simple steps to follow:
- adjust your work station and the height of your chair to ensure that you are comfortable, your computer is in the right position and your back is supported
- use keyboard shortcuts
- download mouse-free software to prevent you from having to click on a mouse
- use voice-activated software
- take regular breaks and avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time; set a timer or use software to remind you when to take breaks and get up and stretch out your limbs
- use predictive text
If you notice signs of RSI, you should report this to your employer and they should take steps to help reduce symptoms and prevent the condition from getting worse. Employers have a legal duty to ensure that their workers are safe and healthy and they should act on any issues that are raised in connection with worker’s physical and mental health and well-being; this may involve encouraging employees to take breaks every hour, for example, or investing in new software to reduce the amount of typing that has to be done on a daily basis.
Can I claim compensation for RSI?
If you develop a work-related illness, such as RSI, or you are injured at work and you can prove that you were not to blame and your employer displayed negligence, you may have a case for work injury compensation. If you would like to learn more about work accident claims or personal injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for no win, no fee* advice.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice