Repetitive strain injury, commonly known as RSI, covers a range of conditions, from tennis elbow to frozen shoulder and carpal tunnel syndrome. RSI is common amongst white collar (office) workers who carry out repetitive tasks such as typing and data inputting, and usually spend long periods of time at a desk. These tasks can place strain on the upper limbs, causing aches and pains.
The symptoms of RSI vary and not everyone affected will experience all the below symptoms:
- Weakness in the arms and hands
- Tingling or numb fingers
- Sharp pain in the wrist or arms
- Loss of grip and strength in the arm from over-tired muscles
- Muscular pain
It’s your employer’s duty to protect you whilst you are at work, and they should implement health and safety policies, including carrying out a workstation check. A well-designed workstation setup at the correct height for the individual, with an ergonomic chair and accessories such as a wrist rest can help to prevent RSI from occurring. If you have suffered RSI, be aware that it is a progressive condition which can become permanent if not addressed – you may be able to claim compensation for office work RSI through a personal injury lawyer.
Is your employer to blame?
If your employer has failed to address health and safety issues at work, such as adapting workstations to suit employees, failing to provide proper training or failing to allow you adequate breaks, they could be held liable if you develop office work RSI. This progressive condition could affect your ability to work and your earning potential, leading to pain and suffering as well as future loss of earnings, so it’s worth finding out if you’re eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
Because we have the experience in the personal injury industry, you know you can trust Accident Advice Helpline to handle your claim for compensation professionally and efficiently. We’ve helped hundreds of customers claim compensation for an RSI injury, and we could help you too. Working have a team of expert personal injury lawyers, we provide confidential, no-obligation advice to all customers, as well as a 100% no win, no fee* service, so you have nothing to lose. Why not get in touch today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you’re eligible to claim?
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown