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Claiming for a repetitive strain injury at work
Repetitive strain injury, also known as RSI, is a very painful chronic condition that affects people when their musculoskeletal and/or nervous system is affected by repetitive tasks that they do, usually at work, over a long period of time. This can be anything from sitting or working in an uncomfortable position for extended periods of time, vibrations from machinery that they operate or any exertions they do as part of their job e.g. repetitive hand movements. The symptoms of a work related repetitive strain injury can vary, depending on the part of the body that is affected, but pain, cramping and numbness in the relevant muscles and tendons are common and this can have a huge impact on daily life and normal activities, both in the short and long term. Unlike most workplace injuries, RSI develops over a long period of time rather than being the result of a one-off accident or incident.
If your repetitive strain injury caused by work is due to practices that are not healthy or haven’t been properly assessed for health and safety risks, you might be able to make a compensation claim from your employer. Call our specialist accident at work team to find out more on 0161 696 6235.
Repetitive strain injury at work
Your employer is legally obliged to assess any workplace risks and put in place a health and safety plan which minimises the chances of repetitive strain injuries occurring. The specifics of this will vary from job to job. For example, the risks related to office work that is mainly desk-based are different to the types of repetitive strain injury that might be caused in the construction or manufacturing industry e.g. by operating vibrating machinery that doesn’t have the proper health and safety measures in place. However, if your employer fails in their duty of care to you and a task at work caused repetitive strain injury, you might be able to claim compensation for what has happened.
What causes workplace repetitive strain injuries?
There are a wide range of things that could potentially cause a repetitive strain injury at work, depending on tasks that the job entails and the working conditions.
For example, in an office setting, repetitive strain injury symptoms could be caused by one or more of these situations:
- Working at a computer for long periods without taking regular breaks
- Being provided with non-ergonomic or poorly designed chairs and desks that force you to work with poor posture
- Being asked to work at a cramped or badly designed workstation that means your working position is uncomfortable or puts strain on certain joints, muscles or tendons.
- Performing repetitive tasks continuously for long periods of time that require the same movement over and over again e.g. data entry
- Not being given proper training about how to work safely
Making a claim for a repetitive strain injury that is work related
For a repetitive strain injury compensation claim to be successful, it will need to be demonstrated that your employer has been negligent in this area of their legal duty of care towards you. Your solicitor can help you to compile the evidence needed to help prove that your employer is at fault for your RSI. The kinds of evidence might include photographs of your work area, written documentation of you raising concerns with your employer about your working conditions and their response to this, if possible. Other evidence to support your claim is likely to include medial reports and potentially also witness statements from other employees.
Stephensons have a team of experienced work injury solicitors who know exactly what it takes to make a successful claim for lots of different kinds of RSI, across many different industries. Whether you’ve suffered a neck repetitive strain injury at work, a repetitive strain injury to your hand at work, or any other part of your body, we can assess the details and let you know if you might be due compensation. Get in touch on 0161 696 6235 to start a free, no obligation claim assessment today.
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