Have you been diagnosed with Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) in the last three years? Do you know that if this is work-related you can claim personal injury compensation? At Accident Advice Helpline, we can assess your claim and you can quickly begin the process of claiming compensation for your injury after you have taken our 30 seconds test.
The limitation period in RSI personal injury claims is three years after you were first diagnosed by a medical practitioner.
What is RSI?
RSI can be caused by poor ergonomics in the workplace, when the working environment is not ideal. It is the responsibility of your employer to check the equipment you use so that it is suitable for you. This is a prerequisite of Health and Safety at Work legislation.
Work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs) are also a form of repetitive strain injury. This may be caused by repetitive movements which are involved in brick-laying or assembly of small components or using keyboards. These are musculoskeletal disorders which commonly affect the back, neck, shoulders and upper arms.
What are Work-related Upper Limb Disorders?
· Tenosynovitis – inflammation of the tendons.
· RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury
· Carpel Tunnel Syndrome – which is pain caused by pressure on the median nerve which goes through the wrist.
· Frozen Shoulder or adhesive capsulitis affects the movement of the shoulder and is very painful.
· Tendonitis – the inflammation of a tendon.
· Bursitis – sometimes called tennis elbow or housemaid’s knee, which is a swelling and inflammation of the fluid sac located near the joints of the elbow, knee or shoulder.
There is also Type 2 RSI which is when a doctor cannot diagnose a particular complaint but the patient suffers from pain. This type of RSI is also called non-specific pain syndrome.
Can RSI be Prevented?
The short answer to this question is “Yes!”
Let’s take the case of an office worker who works all day on a computer keyboard.
· There should be a footrest.
· There should be a distance of between 50 – 90 centimetres from the eyes to the screen and the best viewing angle is estimated to be 20°.
· The desk should also be adjustable in your work station and should be between 52 and 79 centimetres high.
· The chair should have an adjustable backrest to support the small of the back and the chair height should be adjustable too.
Limitation Period in RSI Personal Injury Claims
The limitation period in RSI personal injury claims is the same as for most personal injury claims. It is three years after the first diagnosis of RSI. In other words you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you can claim personal injury if you were first diagnosed as having RSI less than three years previously.
If your diagnosis is within the limitation period in RSI personal injury claims then call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone then try our 30 seconds test to begin the process of claiming for RSI personal injury compensation.