Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) can last a lifetime, with little hope of complete recovery. Although symptoms can be managed to some degree, RSI can affect many aspects of daily life. That's why, if you suffer from the condition because of work, we'll take legal action for you.
Recent figures suggest that up to 500,000 workers suffer RSI every year, and more than five million working days were lost in sick leave as a result of the condition. We know the pain from Repetitive Strain Injury can be constant and really hit your quality of life. Which is why we do what we do; trying to make those kinds of problems that little bit more manageable thanks to compensation.
What is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?
RSI is a condition which can flare up whenever someone is performing a repetitive physical task over prolonged periods, as can happen in anything from a factory job to an office role. Causes could be:
- Repetitive tasks performed at work such as typing, drilling or using cleaning equipment
- Not being given ergonomic tools to relieve pressure on hands and wrists
- Using vibrating equipment, such as machinery employed in manufacture or construction
Symptoms of RSI include tenderness and aching in the affected area or throbbing in the hands and wrists. Tingling, numbness and tendon and nerve problems are all often reported too.
Two diseases that fall under the category of RSI are vibration white finger and hand-arm vibration. Hand-arm vibration affects the whole arm, blood vessels, nerves, joints and muscles. It develops in people who work with vibrating machinery. Vibration white finger is like hand-arm vibration syndrome and can cause digits to change colour, as well as tingling and numbness.
Who can I claim against?
You can claim against the employer responsible for the situation which caused your RSI to develop. They have a duty to ensure all workers are able to do their jobs without succumbing to illnesses like RSI. They should provide ergonomic equipment and allowing you to take small breaks from repetitive tasks to stop RSI and its symptoms from developing.
The exact amount relies on your injury. For a moderate wrist issue, you could claim between £9,000 and £17,500 in compensation, although severe wrist injuries could mean between £34,000 and £42,750. You can calculate the amount you might be entitled to by using our Compensation Guide, or call us and have one of our experts give you a better idea.
When can I claim?
We’d always advise you to get in touch as soon as possible, either from when you first notice the symptoms or when a medical professional has diagnosed you with an RSI problem.
I’ve been a victim of Repetitive Strain Injury. What should I do?
You should consider making a compensation claim through contacting us by post, via online claim form or by requesting a call-back. That way, a solicitor from our panel can get in touch by phone and talk to you about the claim. They'll tell you whether you have a case and can pursue compensation.