A woman is claiming compensation from her workplace at a hospital after suffering from repetitive strain injury which she alleges occurred due to poor working practices. Patricia Digby suffered the injuries while working in the sterile services unit of Wellesley Hospital as a technician and has claimed that the hospital demonstrated negligence by not providing efficient equipment and failing to carry out risk assessments on the work.
Mrs Digby suffered pain and had to wear a support bandage within three months of taking up the position. She was subsequently diagnosed with tendonitis when her pain worsened. Physiotherapy and surgery did not improve her condition and she was diagnosed with a dislocated tendon later on. The job involved wrapping and sealing trays of surgical equipment repeatedly throughout the day, but Mrs Digby claims that the equipment was not suitable enough. She claims the trays were placed on a trolley which was too low for her and was not adjustable.
In addition, Mrs Digby also claims she had to use vigorous motion when pulling lengths of sealing tape. She now struggles with everyday tasks such as carrying shopping and is claiming for £100,000 in compensation. The hospital has admitted partial liability but has claimed some responsibility lies with the claimant. The case is ongoing.
Repetitive strain injury at work
RSI is a type of injury to the muscles, tendons and nerves which is caused by using repeated movements. The injury is commonly found in office workers, those who work with computers and those who perform manual work on a daily basis. If you feel that you may be suffering from RSI, you may not have suitable work equipment or you may be performing tasks for long periods of time when you should not be. On occasion, people can cause it by themselves if they do not follow safe working practices or do not follow health and safety training. If these are not provided or proper equipment and rest breaks are not provided someone else may have been at fault if you have suffered from RSI. You may also be able to claim for compensation for your injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping victims of accidents and injuries that were the fault of someone else or were caused as a result of negligence. If you have suffered an injury at work and were not trained properly or operated poorly maintained equipment, you may not be the one to blame. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our solicitors about making a compensation claim for your injuries.
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown