What is repetitive strain injury?
RSI is a term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. RSI mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the:
Who can be affected by repetitive strain injury?
In most cases, rest may be all that is needed to stop this type of injury causing long term harm, but unfortunately for some, rest is not an option.
Tenosynovitis and tendonitis affects thousands of workers a year due to the repetitive nature of their job and usually affects the following:
- Construction workers
- Assembly line workers
- Operators of vibrating machinery or heavy equipment
What are the symptoms of repetitive strain injury?
The symptoms of RSI vary from person to person and also vary in severity. RSI symptoms usually develop gradually and they often include some or all of the following:
- Pain, aching and tenderness
- Tingling or numbness
What causes repetitive strain injury?
RSI is caused by the overuse of the muscles and tendons in the upper body. There are certain actions which increase the risk of RSI which include the following:
- Repetitive tasks/activities such as working on an assembly line or on a computer
- Poor posture or activities involving working in an awkward position
- Doing a high-intensity activity for a long time without a rest
It is also thought that cold temperatures, vibrating equipment and stress can increase the risk of getting RSI or can make symptoms worse.
To help reduce your risks of getting RSI you can do things such as:
- Take regular breaks from long or repetitive tasks
- Maintain a good posture at work
- Try breathing exercises to relax and de-stress
Can repetitive strain injury be treated?
RSI can be treated with painkillers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, hot/cold packs, supports or splits and physiotherapy. The first step should be to identify the activity/task that is causing the symptoms and to modify it to help alleviate them.
What are my employer’s responsibilities?
Employers have a duty of care to ensure the appropriate safety measures are put in place, adequate safety equipment is provided and employees are working in a safe environment to reduce the risk of this type of repetitive strain injury. Failure to take the appropriate steps in reducing these injuries can result in long term problems.
How can I make a claim for repetitive strain injury?
If you believe that you are suffering from RSI as a direct result of your job then contact us today and get your compensation claim underway.
As there are strict time limits placed on RSI compensation claims, it’s vital that you contact us as soon as possible to increase your chances of a positive outcome.
How can I fund a claim for repetitive strain injury?
In nearly all cases, and this is subject to our early assessment procedure, we are able to offer a conditional fee agreement (no win, no fee). There are however other means of funding, such as the existence of legal expense insurance, and we will be able to assist you in identifying at a very early stage, if this is available to you.
Start your compensation claim
If you have been diagnosed with any type of repetitive strain injury and feel your employer is at fault, speak to one of our expert solicitors for advice as you could be eligible to pursue an industrial or occupational disease compensation claim. Call our repetitive strain injury claims solicitors on 0203 816 0065 to discuss your situation.