Anybody who has ever worked in a repetitive job such as typing or factory work will know all about the risks of repetitive strain injury to the wrist. This type of injury can be painful and debilitating, and if you have been affected then you may be unable to go to work until you feel better. Unfortunately, repetitive strain injury can often have long-term consequences if it is serious, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing a repetitive strain injury to the wrist, and steps your employer can take to keep you safe whilst you are at work.
If you have developed this type of injury and you think that your employer could have done more to protect your health and wellbeing then you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you could make a personal injury claim on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. With no upfront fees to worry about, anybody can afford to make a claim with us.
What happens when you suffer a repetitive strain injury to the wrist?
Repetitive strain injury, also known as work-related upper limb disorder, can be painful. Symptoms usually develop gradually and can include:
- Pain and tenderness
- Numbness or tingling
Without the right treatment, a repetitive strain injury to the wrist can get worse and may affect your ability to go to work or carry out your usual daily tasks. Your employer can assist you by modifying your work tasks, and you should see your GP for treatment.
What causes repetitive strain injury?
Carrying out repetitive activities can cause a repetitive strain injury – for example, working on an assembly line, on a supermarket checkout or as a typist. Cold temperatures are thought to be a contributory factor, and poor posture or an uncomfortable work station could also contribute. Employers should ensure that you take regular breaks and that your work area is comfortable. If you need medical treatment, this may come in the form of painkillers, elastic support bandages and the use of heat and cold packs. You may even be referred for physiotherapy or prefer to use alternative therapies such as massage to ease the pain.
Compensation for repetitive strain injury
At the end of the day, you expect to be safe when you go to work and if your employer has been negligent then you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. We could help you to claim compensation provided it has been three years or less since your injury developed. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to get in touch with us by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Want to know how much compensation you could get? Then you could take the 30-second test on our website right now for a rough idea. When you call us, there is no obligation to proceed with a claim, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch with our expert advisors.
Date Published: 3rd August 2017
Author: Rob Steen