Claiming compensation for repetitive strain injuries can be stress free
Repetitive strain injuries are now well-known as a severe medical complaint and one which can cause its sufferers a huge amount of pain and suffering which can lead to not being able to work or carry out common tasks in their day to day lives. It often happens as a result of a work situation. It is the task of your employer to make certain that your workstation or the equipment you use for your job is not going to be the cause of injuries. If they fail in this legal duty and you suffer an injury as a result, you should call us to discuss claiming compensation for repetitive strain injuries.
Symptoms of repetitive strain injuries sometimes vary, but encompass:
- Pain or sensitivity in your muscles or joints
- Tingling or numbness
You may only become aware of symptoms when you are carrying out a particular recurring action, for example when you are at work. When you are not working and are inactive, your symptoms may recover. This is the primary stage of symptoms and may last for more than a few weeks.
If left unaffected, the symptoms of RSI are likely to get worse and cause longer periods of pain. You may also get inflammation in the affected area, which can last for several months. It is important to get treatment as soon as you experience symptoms of RSI. This increases your possibility of recovery and reduces your risk of long-term problems. Take our easy 30-second test to see if you can start claiming compensation for repetitive strain injuries.
Employee communication of repetitive strain injuries
Employees have a responsibility to report their injury once they understand what is happening, this includes documenting the pain in the accident book and following accurate diagnosis and treatment. Employees have got to ask for a risk assessment to be carried out at work. All of these things are then used as part of the evidence that will be needed to build a claim for compensation if it is provable that negligence on the part of the employer has caused the repetitive injuries of employees.
If it is not just you that suffers from RSI you should reach out to work colleagues who have similar symptoms and who are perhaps carrying out the same tasks. This helps build a case that it is your work situation, which is the cause of your repetitive strain injury. It is worth noting periods when the symptoms improve or stop when the job or task at work ceases, eg when you are off sick or on holiday this would suggest also that the cause is work related.
Accident Advice Helpline is very experienced in helping clients who are claiming compensation for repetitive strain injuries. If you are concerned give them a call on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown