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Repetitive strain injury claims

If you are suffering bodily discomfort as a result of carrying out work tasks, you could have grounds to make a personal injury claim.

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Repetitive strain injury claims

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a general term for pain, discomfort and altered sensation in muscles nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movements and over-use.  Typical symptoms reported include cramping,numbness and tingling sensations in the affected area.

It’s also known as Work-Related Upper Limb Disorder.  It normally affects the neck, shoulders, upper spine, wrists and hands or forearms and elbows. Employees across a vast range of industries, from heavy industry to retail and office work, can encounter the condition.  

There are a number of possible causes of RSI. These include:

  • Carrying out repetitive tasks for long periods
  • Carrying out intensive tasks without taking appropriate breaks
  • Poor posture
  • Working in awkward bodily positions

Although a workplace can never be 100% safe, every employer has a duty to take appropriate steps to prevent injury in accordance with health & safety regulations.

Employers must provide staff with appropriate training on their work practices and carry out risk assessments to ensure that employees’ workstations are fit for purpose and do not pose a risk of injury.  

If it can be shown that your employer has failed in their duty of care to you and you have suffered Repetitive Strain Injury as a result, then you are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries and associated losses.

Work claims expertise

Work Claims Bureau director Michael Walker explains:

“To claim successfully, you will need to establish that your employer breached its duty of care to you as an employee.  It then follows that you will need to prove that that breach of duty was the cause of your injuries, as opposed to any other factors.  In work-related upper limb disorder claims, if liability is not admitted by the employer, there can be complex arguments over what actually caused the condition and whether the employer can in fact be held responsible.

Work Claims Bureau can call upon decades of experience in work accident claims. We’ll assess your claim; if we think you have a case, we’ll make sure that we support you through every stage of the process.  We’ll put you in touch with a respected expert who will assess your injuries and their relationship to your working practices.”

If you have suffered a Repetitive Strain Injury as a result of your working duties, get in touch with us today on 0808 256 5184 for a free consultation.  Alternatively, you can complete our online form.

Typical awards in repetitive strain injury / work-related upper limb disorder cases

The awards brackets shown* relate to the ‘general damages’ (this means the award for the injury and associated pain, suffering and loss of amenity). There are two elements to any award in a successful accident at work compensation claim: ‘general damages’ and ‘special damages’ (expenses and other material losses arising from the injuries).

(a) Ongoing disability on both sides (bilateral) with surgery and loss of employment.
£19,210 to £20,280

(b) Ongoing but fluctuating symptoms on one side of the body (unilateral).
£13,080 to £14,330

(c) Symptoms resolving in the course of up to three years.
£7,580 to £9,430

(d) Complete recovery within a short period (of weeks or a few months).
£1,930 to £3,090
*Based on the 14th edition of the Judicial College guidelines

Typical associated expenses and losses in Repetitive Strain Injury claims (‘Special Damages’):

Losses and expenses can typically include:

  • Loss of Earnings and loss of future earnings
  • The cost of paid care or additional care provided by loved ones
  • The cost of travel to and from medical appointments
  • The cost of medical prescriptions
  • The cost of physiotherapy, counselling or other rehabilitation