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Virgin Atlantic RSI Case ‘Puts Focus On The Issue’

Employees Win Battles For Justice


The case of Virgin Atlantic employees who won their battle for justice over repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) they developed while at work has put the spotlight on such problems, a specialist at Irwin Mitchell has suggested.

Jayne Evans and Michelle Hindmarsh were left with pains in their shoulders, upper back and wrists following long shifts in which they had to carry out Shiatsu massage treatments to passengers in the airline’s Club House lounge at Heathrow.

Virgin Atlantic accepted liability over the case, while both employees have had to leave their roles as beauty therapists.

Reports of these successful cases have come just weeks after RSI Awareness Day was held to highlight the issues faced by many workers. Health and Safety Executive figures also show that musculoskeletal disorders, such as RSIs, were among the most commonly reported illness types during 2009/10.

Irwin Mitchell regularly provides advice and support to those who have developed RSIs while working in a variety of fields.

Mark Allen, a workplace injury expert at Irwin Mitchell, said: “The impact that serious RSIs can have on employees is often unfairly underestimated.

“As this case highlights, the problems can often have a long-term effect on victims, forcing them to have to give up or leave roles which they love due to a lack of adequate support from their employers.

“I hope that this instance will lead many companies to rethink the guidance they have in place and ensure employees are given protection from these injuries.”

If you or a loved one has suffered from repetitive strain injuries, such as bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and vibration white finger caused by conditions at work, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.