Repetitive strain injury is a condition where pain and other symptoms occur in an area of the body which has succumbed to the stress of undertaking repetitive tasks on a regular or prolonged basis.
Repetitive strain injury can affect muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. Although it is typically considered a work-related injury, it can also occur due to various leisure activities, such as tennis or playing the piano.
Who is at risk of repetitive strain injury?
Anyone who spends prolonged working periods doing repetitive tasks can be at risk of repetitive strain injury. This type of injury is particularly common in office workers, as people who spend prolonged periods of time in front of a computer often adopt an unhealthy posture, placing strain on various areas of the body. It is also possible to sustain repetitive strain injury from everyday tasks such as typing or operating computer hardware, such as a mouse.
That being said, this type of personal injury is not exclusive to office workers and can also affect employees in other professions, including, but not limited to, hairdressers, cleaning staff, assembly line workers, and musicians.
How can I prevent repetitive strain injury?
Your employer has a duty to protect you from suffering an accident at work, such as repetitive strain injury, so if you do have concerns raise them with your manager or a health specialist attached to your company.
Additionally, simple steps such as taking regular breaks, and regularly checking your posture, can reduce your chances of suffering a personal injury at work like repetitive strain injury.
What should I do if I have suffered repetitive strain injury?
If you have suffered repetitive strain injury as a result of prolonged working periods, or for any other reason, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in providing personal injury compensation. We have a wealth of information on our website, and our specialist advisers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via our Freephone helpline.
There is no obligation to proceed with a claim after you speak to us, and we work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be left out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful.
If you have had experienced accident in the workplace, or anywhere else, get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could claim compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice