Making a repetitive strain injury RSI claim
As our world has become more computerised, so repetitive strain injury has become a relatively common condition from which many of us may suffer during our lifetime: Currently in the UK, approximately one worker in every 50 has reported an RSI condition.
Definition of repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), also called work-related upper limb disorder, is the term given to pain in tendons, muscles and nerves of the upper body, such as in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back or neck. The pain is due to overuse or straining of tendons, muscles or nerves as a result of small, repeated movements sustained over a long period of time.
Typical symptoms of RSI are:
- Pain or tenderness in your muscles or joints
- Tingling or numbness
There are two types of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI):
- Type 1 (diagnosable by a doctor through observation of some of the above symptoms; this type encompasses conditions such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis).
- Type 2 (no specific symptoms apart from general pain are evident).
You could be entitled to make a repetitive strain injury RSI claim you feel that either of these apply to you.
What can cause repetitive strain injury (RSI)?
The most common cause of RSI is performing a repeated action on a daily basis. It is therefore unsurprising that here at Accident Advice Helpline we are contacted by many people who want to make a repetitive strain injury RSI claim as the result of the job that they do. Those who type on a computer keyboard all day, or carry out repetitive tasks at a supermarket checkout or on the factory floor are more at risk of developing an RSI than other people.
Other factors which can contribute to development of an RSI are:
- Carrying out an activity for a long time without rest
- Doing something that involves force, such as lifting heavy objects
- Performing activities that require you to work in an awkward position
- Working in cold temperatures
- Repeatedly using vibrating tools or machines
- Being under a lot of stress
Steps to take when making a repetitive strain injury RSI claim
Step One: Take AAH’s 30-second test to give you a quick snapshot of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive as a result of your RSI claim.
Step Two: Information is key. Make notes about the job you do and the type of repetitive movements you have to carry out on a daily basis.
Step Three: Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and speak to one of our friendly advisors.
It really is that simple, so why not get in touch with us today?
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown