Repetitive Strain Injury

WHAT IS REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY?

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a common term used to describe the discomfort caused by repetitive movement and overuse in the muscles, nerves, and tendons. It is also known as upper limb disorder, or non-specific upper limb pain, associated with the work.

The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the:

  • forearms and elbows
  • wrists and hands
  • neck and shoulders

Symptoms of RSI

The symptoms of RSI can range from mild to severe and usually develop gradually. They often include:

  • pain, aching or tenderness
  • stiffness
  • throbbing
  • tingling or numbness
  • weakness
  • cramp

CAUSES OF RSI

  • Overuse
  • Carrying out repetitive activities
  • Working on a production line
  • Inadequate breaks throughout the day
  • Poor Posture or being in an awkward position while carrying out activities
  • Badly designed equipment such as office chairs and keyboards
  • Badly designed workspace
  • Inadequate working environments
  • Repeated use of vibrating tools
  • Heavy lifting
  • Operating machinery or tools

HOW CAN YOU CLAIM FOR RSI?

If you suffer from a repetitive strain injury we can schedule a free initial consultation with one of our applicants for occupational injury to resolve the case.

You are shielded by regulation from unfair treatment or discrimination when filing a claim against your injury.   You may still bring an RSI allegation against a former employer, even though they are not in business any longer.

If we think you have a case, and you’re happy that we’re representing you, then we’ll start collecting evidence to support your claim. We will negotiate a just settlement that will not only compensate you for your pain and distress but also take into an account income loss and medical expenses.

WHAT ARE THE TIME LIMITS FOR MAKING A CLAIM?

You usually have to make a claim for compensation for repetitive strain injuries within three years of finding out that the injuries is linked to the job. When you are aware that the accident has to do with the work, it is better to make a claim as soon as possible, because this makes it easier to obtain evidence in support of the case.

NO WIN NO FEE RSI CLAIMS

You can be able to make your claim through a no win no fee arrangement with us. This means you don’t incur any upfront costs and can only compensate us if your claim is successfully settled. In this case, your opponent will cover most of your fees, with the remainder coming from your settlement award. When you are not given a fee, you do not pay for the court expenses.

WHAT COMPENSATION WILL YOU RECEIVE FOR A RSI CLAIM?

If you can prove that your injuries are caused by employer negligence, the court will typically award compensation for all of the following:

  • Pain and suffering.
  • All medical expenses including cost of diagnostic tests and medication, doctor’s fees and cost of short and long term therapy.
  • Transport expenses to and from the hospital.
  • Loss of income if you had to take days off from work.
  • Cost of any assistive devices if required.

Your appointed counsel must also take into account the impact it has had on your quality of life as well as your potential health and job opportunities when assessing the overall payout for repetitive strain injury.

This calculation will factor in ‘general damages’ and ‘special damages’.

General damages

Pressure, misery, and lack of amenity (PSLA) were compensated for general damages.

The Judicial College sets out awards for general damages and publishes awards for personal injury in their Guidelines.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

WHY CHOOSE US?

Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys has decades of experience in settling RSI claims. Your case will be treated with great caution and we will ensure that any resolution that has been negotiated represents what you have been through and what will be your future treatment needs.

We understand that making a claim against your employer for compensation may sound daunting. So we seek to make the process of litigation as simple as possible, to help every step of the way and to ensure that your interests are completely secured throughout.