RSI – or repetitive strain injury – is a condition that can occur whenever you do the same actions time and time again. Typing is a good example of a situation where you move your hands and fingers in similar patterns throughout the day.
Plenty of office work involves typing, and whether you type constantly or with slight breaks in between letters or forms, you may eventually find you start suffering from RSI.
Every year some people put in claims for office RSI compensation. However, surely it is better to try and prevent this from happening than to suffer from it? Of course it is, yet there are occasions where this disorder may have been preventable and yet nothing was done to limit the odds of workers suffering from it.
Modifying the way you work
You have a right to work safely no matter who you work for or where you work. If you believe your job has caused you to suffer from repetitive strain injury, you should speak with your employer first of all.
They have a duty of care to ensure their employees do not fall ill or become injured as a result of working for them. They should therefore modify the way you work or provide you with solutions of some kind to help with your condition.
The symptoms of RSI can be problematic. Pain and stiffness are both common, and you can also suffer from numbness in your fingers and hands. You might also get the tingling feeling you would associate with pins and needles. As such you may get the condition as a result of your work, but it could well affect other things you do in your life as well.
Are you entitled to claim office RSI compensation?
If you have developed symptoms of RSI that you believe were indeed caused by your office work, you should speak with your boss first of all.
However if they do not make any changes or offer you the chance to speak with an occupational health adviser, and your condition does not improve, you may have a chance to claim.
Call 0800 689 0500 and speak with someone working at Accident Advice Helpline now. We may be able to win office RSI compensation for you if you get in touch within three years of your symptoms appearing. Isn’t it worth making that call?
Date Published: September 12, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead