Repetitive strain injury information and advice
If you have any questions or need expert advice about accident claims and compensation for your repetitive strain injury, talk to one of our friendly, legally trained advisors now, on 0800 689 5659.
Do you have repetitive strain injury?
Each year, we help many people who’ve developed repetitive strain injury (RSI) through workplace and other activities.
This kind of personal injury occurs when a large amount of stress is experienced in a particular part of the body. It affects nerves, tendons and muscles in the upper body, especially in wrists and fingers, and can occur when you repeat the same actions excessively: for example, packing boxes in a factory, or typing for long periods of time without taking a break.
RSI can have a significant effect on your life. It causes pain and discomfort in every day activities, and may even stop you from working.
If you have a work-related personal injury, you need the right help, tailored to your situation. When this injury isn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for the consequences, or chase around trying to find the right specialist help.
Making a claim for compensation might seem like extra hassle, but compensation can really help to ease the stress, covering medical costs, loss of earnings, housing and travel costs, and continuing care. It also compensates you for the pain and suffering. If you suffer a more serious injury, it can help you adapt your home, car and way of life.
We make it simple to get the right advice and help, with just one free phone call. Our support will help you to recover more quickly.
What does repetitive strain injury look like?
There are many types and causes of repetitive strain injury, which is also known as non-specific upper limb pain, or work-related upper limb disorder.
A stress injury of this type can lead to other symptoms and syndromes such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and vibration white finger.
Causes of RSI can include:
- Repeating the same movements over a long period of time
- Taking part in repetitive high-intensity activities without sufficient rest
- Working in an awkward posture for a long period of time
- Using equipment that vibrates
Some of the main symptoms are stiffness, numbness, tingling, throbbing, pain, aching, weakness and cramp.
As the condition can get worse if left untreated, it’s essential to seek medical help and diagnosis as soon as possible. This will increase the chances of treating your injury in the best way.
If your injury has developed in the workplace, it’s also important to make sure that details are recorded in your employer’s accident book.
Why claim for repetitive strain injury?
Treating repetitive strain injury may be a lengthy process.
Some treatments such as cold packs, anti-inflammatory painkillers and elastic supports can be integrated into daily life. Others, such as physiotherapy, steroid injections and surgery, may require you to take time off work. This kind of injury can profoundly alter the way you work. It may stop you from doing particular tasks, or change the way you use your hands.
If you need to take periods off work, you may find it difficult to keep up with the mortgage, rent or household bills. You might also have to depend on someone else to help you. Claiming compensation for loss of earnings could enable you and your family to cope.
Sometimes, people who develop RSI through activities in their workplace are tempted to blame themselves. However, employers have a duty to keep employees safe. This could include doing risk assessments to ensure you have the correct workstation, educating you about RSI to prevent this developing, and making sure you have the right equipment and training.
It’s important to report working conditions that are hazardous. This can bring about changes in training and work environments, and these may help to protect others by reducing the risk of similar injuries. You may feel worried about bringing a claim against your employer, but it’s against the law for your employer to treat you differently, or dismiss you, if you do claim.
If your employer was negligent and could have done more to keep you safe, you can claim compensation. Usually, your employer’s liability insurance will cover the compensation award, so no one will lose out.
Can you claim for repetitive strain injury?
We help many people to claim compensation for RSI. Every case is different, but our online claim calculator can help you to understand how much you could receive if your claim is successful.
We will work on your behalf to make sure you get the right amount of compensation. To make a claim, generally you’ll need to be able to answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:
- Did your injury arise within the last three years?
- Did your injury occur because of another party’s negligence?
As we help you to build your case, we’ll consider:
- Your pain and suffering, and any emotional impacts
- Any loss of earnings due to time off work
- Impact on your ability to work and earn in future
- The effects your injury has had on your social life and hobbies
- Costs of medical treatment, medication and home adaptation
How do you start a claim?
It’s simple and free to find out if you can claim. Just call one of our friendly, legally trained advisors on 0800 689 5659, who will tell you if we can help.
Alternative, you can fill in our online claim form. One of our advisors will get in touch to discuss the details, and help you get the compensation you’re due.
We’ll let you know whether you can make a claim, but we won’t pressure you to take action. We can give advice, put you in touch with experts, and guide you through the process of making a successful claim.
We will help you pull together everything you need to support your claim, and lead you through each step. There is no complicated paperwork, and it will not cost you anything. Our personal injury lawyers work on a no win no fee** basis. Whatever the outcome, you won’t be out of pocket.
We take the burden and do the hard work for you. To find out more, contact us on 0800 689 5659.
Why choose Accident Advice Helpline?
As one of the UK’s leading compensation claim specialists, we work for thousands of people who have been injured through no fault of their own. We will help you make a successful compensation claim and get you the right support to aid your recovery.
Over the years, we’ve developed a breadth of expertise to help you make a successful claim. With one phone call to 0800 689 5659, you can get confidential advice and enlist our support in a range of areas. We work to understand what you need, then offer the best possible assistance.
We make it simple for you to get the right advice and claim for compensation.
Our friendly, legally trained advisors will assess your situation and guide you through the next steps to get you the most compensation with the least fuss.