RSI (repetitive strain injury) is a common work-related injury, which arises from carrying out repeated actions on a regular basis. Some recorded cases of RSI are more severe than others, the condition can be slightly uncomfortable for the victim or extremely debilitating.
The worst recorded cases of RSI
RSI is an overuse injury, which means that it gets progressively worse if you continue to place strain on the same body part. In most cases, RSI affects the arms, shoulders and wrists. It is commonly found in people who spend long periods of time typing or doing intricate craft work.
You may also be at risk if you participate in certain sports, such as golf or tennis, or if your day job involves doing the same action over and over again. If you are a carpenter, joiner or seamstress, for example, there are also recorded cases of RSI associated with your profession.
In the majority of cases, RSI is a mild condition and it can usually be cured effectively with physiotherapy, rest and conditioning exercises. However, in more severe cases, the symptoms may get more serious and more drastic action may be required. Examples of complications of RSI include:
- Nerve damage
- Chronic pain
- Loss of muscle strength and control
In some cases, periods of rest may be sufficient to tackle work-related RSI; however, sometimes, a change of job may be recommended to prevent long-term damage. In the worst recorded cases of RSI, people have to give up work altogether.
How can RSI be prevented?
It’s not possible to prevent all cases of RSI; however, there are steps employers can take to reduce the risk of their employees suffering from work-related illness. Examples include:
- Encouraging regular breaks
- Promoting good posture and providing workers with the relevant equipment, such as adjustable chairs
- Providing staff training
Is it possible to claim compensation for work-related illness?
It is possible to claim compensation for work injuries and work-related illness provided that there is clear evidence that the injuries or work accident were caused by somebody else’s negligence.
If you’ve been injured at work in the last three years, or you’ve developed an illness and you believe your employer has displayed negligence, contact Accident Advice Helpline.
Take our online 30-second eligibility test, or call our friendly advisors on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to discuss your work illness claim. Our personal injury lawyers work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and most clients never have to go to court.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice