What is RSI?
Repetitive Strain Injury (or RSI) is a condition acquired following the repetitive use of certain parts of the body. Some jobs require the extensive use of certain types of equipment or tools which can create or worsen RSI symptoms. If your employer has not ensured that all safety measures have been met then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim for RSI.
There are many different strains of repetitive strain injuries (RSI), but all have some effect on the nerves, tendons and muscles within the body. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is the aches and pain in your body caused by repetitive movements or poor posture while doing certain activities. It’s also called occupational overuse injury and overuse syndrome. RSI mainly affects your wrists and hands.
The symptoms of RSI include aches, pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness and cramps.
What causes RSI?
Repetitive Strain Injury can be caused by a number of different workplace environments. It is usually the result of the repetitive overuse of particular parts of the body for a prolonged period.
RSI is related to the overuse of muscles and tendons in the upper body.
Common causes leading to repetitive strain injury claim compensation include:
- Machine or keyboard operators who develop bad posture through stooping or leaning over too much
- Hand-held vibrating equipment
- Working in areas of continued low temperature
- Continuously carrying large or heavy loads for a prolonged period
- Stress can also exacerbate the condition
- Doing repetitive activities
- Carrying out an activity for a long time without taking enough breaks
- Poor posture from working at a poorly designed workstation
- Activities that involve working in an awkward or tiring position
Forms of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries)
There are a number of forms of RSI including:
- Vibration white finger
- Hand-held vibration syndrome
- Work-related Upper Limb Disorder
- Diffuse repetitive Strain Injury
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There are two types of RSI:-
Specific Named Conditions – these include tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tennis elbow, De Quervain’s Syndrome, etc.
Diffuse RSI – this is where there is no clear-cut diagnosis but a range of symptoms exist. Sometimes it is known as non-specific pain syndrome.
Type 2 RSI has a range of causes. It is often related to nerve damage resulting from work activities.
RSI Awareness is an organisation that offers support and advice to people with RSI.
How RSI can affect you
Because there are so many different strains of RSI, it is impossible to set down specific symptoms but they often include:
- pain, aching or tenderness
- tingling or numbness
Other symptoms depend on which part of the body is affected. Repetitive strain injury affects everyone differently. Sometimes, the condition can be serious and debilitating enough to prevent you from being able to work. If you have been prevented from working for a long period of time, your compensation is likely to be higher as it will include your loss of earnings. However, it is important to contact us to get a clearer idea of how much you might receive.
According to the NHS, there are also things you can do to help reduce your risk of getting RSI, such as:
- maintaining good posture at work – see how to sit at a desk correctly
- taking regular breaks from long or repetitive tasks – it’s better to take smaller, more frequent breaks than one long lunch break
- trying breathing exercises if you’re stressed
If you work at a computer all day, make sure your seat, keyboard, mouse and screen are positioned so they cause the least amount of strain.
See tips on preventing RSI for more detailed advice about using a mouse and keyboard at work.
If you have been affected by repetitive strain injury as a result of your working environment, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Call us on 0800 342 3206 or get in touch online for more information.
Making Successful Repetitive Strain Injury Claims
Claiming compensation for RSI is not always easy and it is important to consult a personal injury lawyer who specialises in industrial injuries. Claims of this type can be challenging to prove. For example, workers who use equipment like keyboards and industrial tools in their leisure time could be suffering from RSI as a result of that as well as their workplace activities. We will be able to help establish the cause of your RSI and have access to a database of medical experts.
We can help you claim for RSI
At Jefferies Solicitors, we understand the many different circumstances which can bring about RSI and the varying effects it can have on your life. If you believe you have suffered repetitive strain injury because of your employer’s negligence, our lawyers can help you. Please contact us today so we can arrange to discuss your repetitive strain injury claim in more detail.
Other Industrial Disease Claims
In addition to repetitive strain injury claims, at Jefferies, we also help clients with other types of industrial disease claims, ranging from emphysema claims to bursitis claims. If you’re looking to claim compensation for another industrial-related condition, do not hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 0800 342 3206 or make an online enquiry.