Is it only office workers who can claim repetitive strain wrist injury compensation?
We have become so accustomed to hearing about office employees working for long hours on computers getting repetitive strain injury (RSI) of the wrist, few people realise that others are at risk of getting RSI who never touch a computer at all and so could possibly claim for wrist injury compensation.
For us to fully understand who can claim we need to understand what repetitive strain injury (RSI) is and what causes it. RSI is an injury to the wrist that is caused by repeating the same movement over and over It falls under a category more broadly called upper limb disorder. Causes of RSI can be summarised as follows;
- Repetitive finger, hand, wrist or arm movements
- Continuous hammering
- Continuous pounding
- Continuous pushing or pulling
- Continuous lifting
It is easy to see that many of the likely places that RSI could be received do not involve typing on a computer keyboard. Many professional tradesmen can be susceptible to repetitive strain injuries. For those who do suffer from a repetitive strain injury then a wrist injury compensation claim could be made.
Companies like Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) can provide invaluable support if a victim decides to pursue a compensation claim for an injury they have received at work. AAH has the expertise and more importantly are partnered with over 200 legal firms who all offer the necessary expert advice to evaluate potential claimant’s compensation claims and can advise on whether a wrist injury compensation claim should be taken further.
Who is at risk of getting RSI?
- Those working on computers for long periods of time
- Road maintenance workers
- Machine operators
- Tradesmen and women
- Kitchen staff
Many of these people are unnecessarily at risk as that risk can be mitigated. How can the risk be reduced? There are a few simple measures that can be taken for those working at a computer they should ensure the computer and workstation is set up at the correct height for the person working at that station. For those working using power tools that can cause injury, they must take regular breaks from the machinery.
The symptoms of RSI vary from person to person and this can make the diagnosis for a wrist injury compensation claim slightly more complex.
- Pain in the fingers
- Pain in the wrists
- Heaviness in the arms
- Tingling sensation in the finger tips
- Loss of strength or grip in the hands
These are a few of the symptoms that can be an indicator of a repetitive strain injury. If a person suspects they have RSI they should seek medical attention. If the doctor suspects that an employee has RSI then there could be cause for a wrist injury compensation claim.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice on making a claim.
Date Published: 21st January 2013
Author: David Brown