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Can I claim compensation for repetitive strain injury?

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I had an accident at work but it happened elsewhere - can I still claim?

Work-related musculoskeletal or repetitive strain disorders are caused by activities that involve frequent and repetitive movements, often with awkward posture, which develop over a period of time. If exposure to such activities is not controlled or minimised and becomes excessive, these disorders can cause pain when carrying out those activities or even when resting.

The most common causes of repetitive strain disorders include:

  • Sustained or repeated full body bending
  • Lifting and carrying heavy loads
  • Highly repetitive work

An employer can keep the risk of repetitive strain disorders to a minimum and avoid costly compensation claims by implementing risk assessments, safe manual handling practices and appropriate rotation of work within the workplace.

Employers have a duty imposed by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. These statutory provisions are put in place to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees.

If an injury does occur as a result of an employer failing to provide a reasonably safe workplace with safe systems of work in place, there may be scope for bringing a claim against the employer.

Sadly, work-related repetitive strain disorders do continue to occur as a result of poor safety procedures within the workplace.

If you have been unfortunate enough to have developed a repetitive strain injury and would like some advice then our specialist personal injury solicitors are on hand to guide you through the process of making a claim, call us on 0161 696 6235 or complete our online enquiry form.

By Sharon Edwards, paralegal