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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Every day, six people in the UK leave their jobs due to a repetitive strain injury (RSI) - that's over 2,000 people a year.  The term ‘repetitive strain injury’ is used to describe a range of soft tissue conditions such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and writer’s cramp caused by overuse or repetitive movements. RSI affects workers in many different professions and can lead to pains in the upper body – mainly the hands, wrists, forearms and elbows.

Some of the causes of RSI include:

  • Poorly set up workplaces
  • Working for long periods without breaks
  • Overuse through frequent repetitive movements
  • Poor posture
  • Stressful conditions and excessive workloads
  • Working in a cold environment.

Many people find that their symptoms disappear once they stop working or take a break. However, if RSI is left untreated it can become chronic or even untreatable. This is why it is important to seek medical advice as soon as you notice any warning signs, which include:

  • Tingling or pins and needles
  • Cramping sensation
  • Numbness
  • Stiffness
  • Unable to grip things properly
  • Pain in the fingers, wrists, arms, shoulders or neck
  • Burning feeling.

RSI sufferers may have symptoms like aches, pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness and cramps which can be a sign of conditions that include:

  • Tenosynovitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • De Quervain's syndrome.

There are also situations where people suffer from a range of symptoms without being able to pin down a clear-cut diagnosis. This is known as diffuse RSI.

Repetitive strain injury claims

To find out more about RSI compensation claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee solicitors, who are experts in handling RSI claims. You can reach them on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances. Or you can contact us through our form.

Employer responsibility

There are Health and Safety guidelines regarding RSI and what steps employers should take to minimise the risks. This means ensuring that an employee’s workstation is correctly set up and risk assessments are carried out for every employee to ensure that their workstation is safe to use and there is minimal risk of an injury sustained in the workplace. The problems arise when employers are unaware of the risks of repetitive strain injury or worse choose to ignore it. If employers do not take sufficient steps to protect their employees against this then they may be liable for compensation.

Who can make a RSI compensation claim?

Anyone who has been injured in a RSI accident that wasn’t their fault can make a claim.  Even if you contributed to your own accident, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if negligence of your employer is proven.

What to do after a RSI accident?

If you have suffered a personal injury from an accident a work, there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from the accident receive immediate medical attention. Not only for health reasons, but also because medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line.

You should also report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. By making a health and safety record of the event, you're providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.

What RSI accident compensation are you entitled to?

In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:

  • Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
  • Loss of earnings or earning capacity
  • Any future expenses as a result of the injury
  • Home modification and care expenses
  • Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, this should be taken as a guide.

How long do I have to make an RSI accident claim?

A strict three-year time limit applies to making an RSI accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there's no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
  • Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
  • Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
  • Construction Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.

How to start an RSI accident compensation claim.

The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.

Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact your employer to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Questions? We'd love to hear from you

You can reach us on 0131 550 7055 to arrange a free consultation or begin a construction accident injury claim on-line.