There are an increasing number of repetitive strain injury claims in the UK. It is estimated that up to half a million people suffer a repetitive strain injury every year. Many of these are handled by a repetitive strain specialist lawyer from the law firm Accident Advice Helpline. Our solicitors help many people affected by this painful and debilitating condition.
You may be able to claim compensation if you are suffering from repetitive strain injury through no fault of your own. Here are some interesting facts about how repetitive strain injury develops and how it can be prevented.
Repetitive strain injury tends to be caused when a person does the same action for a long time. People who work at computers (e.g. data entry jobs) and people who carry out repetitive manual work are most frequently affected. Some of the recognised risk factors for developing repetitive strain injury are thought to be:
- Carrying out one activity for a long time without rest;
- Carrying out an activity that involves lifting something heavy repeatedly;
- Maintaining a poor posture when working or working for a prolonged period of time in an awkward position;
- Working at low temperatures (e.g. outside during the winter);
- Working with vibrating equipment; and
There are two types of repetitive strain injury. The first type can be diagnosed by a doctor as a recognised medical condition such as:
- Bursitis (inflammation and swelling of the fluid-filled sac near the joint of the knee, elbow or shoulder);
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (a pressure on the main nerve that passes down the wrist); or
- Tendonitis (when the tendon becomes inflamed).
The second type cannot be diagnosed as one of the above recognised conditions and the only obvious symptom is pain. Sometimes this is referred to as non-specific pain syndrome.
There are several steps that can be taken to prevent a repetitive strain injury from developing. They include:
- Carrying out a thorough workplace assessment to ensure that your tasks are carried out comfortably. The position that you adopt when you are working can be altered by careful adjustment of your workstation. Your pattern of working can also be altered.
- Pay attention to your personal posture and typing style.
- Maintain a generally healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, plenty of exercise and give up smoking. Smoking reduces blood supply and makes the symptoms of repetitive strain injury worse. Do not take up a strenuous hobby that will put extra strain on the affected parts of your body.
- Consider your stress levels and take steps to lower them.
In the workplace, your employer has a duty to prevent all types of injury from happening, and if they don’t and you suffer because of their negligence, you should be speaking to a repetitive strain specialist lawyer.
Claiming with a repetitive strain specialist lawyer
If you have a repetitive strain injury and need to make a claim for compensation with a repetitive strain specialist lawyer, call Accident Advice Helpline for free today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 7th May 2013
Author: Sharon Parry