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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Unable to work due to RSI – what do I do?


    RSI, or repetitive motion injury, affects an increasing number of people in the UK. Although the exact causes are not always clear, it is often associated with workplace tasks that place ongoing strain on particular parts of the body. It is most commonly associated with typing but can also be found in people who work on production lines, performing the same tasks repeatedly, or drive heavy vehicles with poor suspension. The hands, elbows, knees and neck are the areas most likely to suffer damage as a result.

    How to claim compensation for RSI

    Unlike injuries caused by workplace accidents, RSI is a condition whose precise onset can be hard to pinpoint. For this reason, the rules around compensation claims are more flexible and you will usually have up to three years to make your claim from the point at which you first noticed the symptoms. It’s important that you make your boss aware of the problem as soon as possible and you should visit your doctor to make sure that you have a clear diagnosis.

    Sometimes RSI has clear symptoms such as swelling and inflammation of the muscles. In other cases, the only symptom is pain. With the latter type of RSI it can be difficult to prove that you have a problem and you may need to see a specialist before you can make a successful claim.

    When you’re ready to discuss a claim, give us a call. We’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can do this whenever it’s convenient for you. Our specially trained advisors will talk you through the situation and help you to work out your chances of success. Should you decide to go ahead, they’ll put you in touch with a solicitor who can help you. The solicitor will arrange any further medical checks that are needed and will take care of all the complicated paperwork on your behalf.

    Giving up work

    If it can be proved that your RSI was caused by negligence on the part of your employer, you will be entitled to compensation for any loss of earnings caused by the problem.  If you are expected to be out of work in the long term, your solicitor will aim to reach a settlement that gives you enough money to live on. You may be able to invest some of this in retraining to give you new employment options where your RSI won’t be a problem. It can also help in paying for adaptations to your home so that your RSI causes less of a problem with household tasks.

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    Because the new Employment and Support Allowance, which is designed to help people who are unable to work, doesn’t cover conditions where the main symptom is pain, it can be difficult to get state support if you are incapacitated by RSI. This makes claiming compensation all the more important. Any payment will normally come out of your employer’s insurance and won’t be limited by what your employer can afford to pay.  Call us today and we’ll help you to work out the best way to proceed.

    Date Published: August 17, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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