A growing number of people in the UK depend on the Internet and using a computer or tablet to complete work-related tasks. Although this has had a dramatically positive impact on productivity and efficiency, it has also increased the risk of accidents at work and work-related illness, including repetitive strain injury.
What is repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injury, also known as RSI, is a collective term for a group of symptoms, which develop as a result of completing repetitive actions, which use the same muscle groups and connective tissue. RSI is most commonly seen in people who have office-based jobs and do a lot of typing and manual workers.
Types of repetitive strain injury include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and tennis elbow and common symptoms include tingling and pins and needles, loss of sensation and pain and stiffness in the joints, most commonly the wrists and shoulders.
Reducing the risk of repetitive strain injury
Once you have symptoms of RSI, they are likely to get worse over the course of time if you continue with the same actions, such as typing, and rest is usually recommended. If your work does involve completing the same movements repeatedly, try to give yourself frequent short breaks and ask your employer about gadgets or techniques, which may be helpful.
One gadget, which can be beneficial for people who are required to do a lot of typing and those who use a keyboard on a regular basis is voice finger software, a feature, which allows you to speak, rather than type. The software recognises your voice and types what you are saying, saving you from using your hands and wrists.
Can I claim compensation for repetitive strain injury?
If you have repetitive strain injury, or any other work injury or work-related illness, you may be eligible to claim work injury compensation. If you can prove that you are not to blame and you have become ill or suffered a work accident in the last three years, you may have a valid work accident claim.
If you have evidence to prove that your employer has been negligent, and this has contributed to your illness, call Accident Advice Helpline to benefit from our 15 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims, a simple repetitive strain injury claims process and the assistance of our superlative legal team.
Compensation can help to ease worries and financial pressures, assist with medical costs and loss of earnings and pay for any treatment that may be required in the future. Call today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice