Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a common type of work-related illness. It is caused by carrying out the same action repeatedly. If you’ve been injured as a result of accidents at work or you have developed a work illness such as RSI, you may be eligible for work injury compensation. Compensation is provided to employees who suffer illness or injury as a result of work accidents which occur as a result of the employer’s negligence or failure to provide employees with comfortable and safe workplaces in line with current UK legislation.
What are the most common RSI injuries?
RSI is an umbrella term, which covers a range of different injuries; here are some of the most common RSI injuries:
- carpal tunnel syndrome: this affects the wrists
- bursitis: this can affect the knees, shoulders, elbows and hips
- tendonitis: this can affect many different parts of the body
- tennis elbow: this affects the tendons around the elbow
Who is at risk of RSI?
Common RSI injuries result from overuse and are usually associated with carrying out repeated actions during the working day. Carpal tunnel syndrome is very common in office workers who type a lot, factory workers on the production line and supermarket checkout workers who scan items on a constant basis.
Tennis elbow (also known as golfer’s elbow) is so called because it is often found in tennis players. It affects the tendons surrounding the elbow and is caused by overuse of the muscles in the forearms. Bursitis is often found in people who spend long periods of time kneeling down, such as carpenters, cleaners and gardeners. Tendonitis can affect many different workers, from professional athletes to office workers.
What should I do if I have RSI?
If you have symptoms of RSI, such as swelling, pins and needles, pain and feelings of weakness in the affected joint, you should see your GP and inform your employer. If you feel that your illness is related to your job, your employer should take steps to help you out; for example, they should encourage you to take regular breaks. If you believe that your employer is not following the relevant health and safety measures and you suffer an injury at work or you have a work-related illness as a result, you may be able to claim work illness compensation.
To find out more about making a no win, no fee claim for work accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown