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Your employer has a legal requirement to protect you from injury while at work, but sometimes proper safeguards aren’t taken and injuries can develop. If you’re suffering from a workplace related repetitive strain injury you may be entitled to compensation.

What Is A Repetitive Strain Injury?

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a general term for soft-tissue injuries caused by repetitive activity. It’s a common complaint for people whose work involves repetitive tasks and employers have a duty of care to ensure their employees are protected from RSI.

RSI can lead to extended time off work and make carrying out basic daily activities, like getting dressed or driving, difficult. Common types of RSI include conditions such as tennis elbow/golfers elbow (epicondylitis), carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy, vibration white finger, and hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).

What Are The Main Causes Of RSI And What Should Your Employer Have Done To Protect You?

Repetitive strain injuries can occur in any type of job. Some of the most common causes of RSI in the workplace include:

  • Repeated use of vibrating tools
  • Poorly designed workspaces that don't allow you to work comfortably
  • Heavy lifting
  • Operating machinery
  • Production lines/assembly lines

Your employer has a legal obligation to protect you from injury in the workplace by providing you with appropriate breaks, safe working conditions, RSI prevention training, and suitable equipment. If you’re suffering from an RSI and believe your employer has failed to safeguard your health, then you may be able to claim compensation.

How Can You Claim For RSI?

If you’re suffering from a repetitive strain injury and you believe your employer is responsible, arrange a free initial consultation with one of our workplace injury solicitors to discuss your case.

When making a claim against your employer you’re protected by law from unfair treatment or dismissal. You can also make an RSI claim against a former employer, even if they’re no longer in business.

If we think you have a case and you’re happy for us to represent you, then we’ll begin gathering evidence in support of your claim. We’ll seek a fair settlement that compensates you not only for your pain and suffering, but also takes into account loss of income and medical expenses.

What Are The Time Limits For Claiming?

You usually need to make a repetitive strain injury compensation claim within three years of finding out that your injury is related to your work. Once you’re aware that your injury is related to your job, it’s best to make a claim as soon as possible as this makes it easier to find evidence in support of your case.

No Win No Fee RSI Claims

You may be able to make your claim with us through a no win no fee agreement. This means that you pay no upfront fees and will only pay us if your claim is settled successfully. In this case, most of your fees will be covered by your opponent, with the rest coming from your settlement award. If you don’t receive a settlement then you won’t pay anything towards your legal costs*.

Why Choose Us?

Our team of expert personal injury lawyers have decades of experience settling RSI claims. Your case will be handled with the utmost care and we’ll ensure any settlement reached reflects what you’ve been through and what your future care needs will be.

We understand that making a claim for compensation against your employer can seem daunting. So we aim to make the claims process as straightforward as possible, supporting you every step of the way and ensuring your rights are fully protected throughout.

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If you or a loved one have suffered from a workplace related RSI and would like to make a claim, you can contact us on 0800 056 4110 or get in touch online and we’ll call you back.

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    • How Much RSI Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you could receive for an RSI claim is based on:

      • Current and future loss of earnings
      • Medical and travel expenses you've had to pay
      • Your pain and suffering

      For more information call us on 0800 056 4110 and we'll discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
    • Early compensation payments, or interim payments, are made in advance of any final settlement. You can only receive them if your opponent admits that they're responsible for your RSI, in which case we’ll ask them to agree to provide interim payments.

      These payments can be used to pay for essential bills and living costs if your illness has made you take time off work, as well as contributing to the cost of specialist medical care or mobility equipment. The value of these payments will be deducted from your final settlement.

    • Can I Lose My Job If I Claim Against My Employer?
    • You’re protected by law from unfair dismissal or mistreatment at work when claiming against your employer. In order to dismiss you, your employer would need to show that your claim was not the reason for your dismissal or mistreatment. It would be very difficult for your employer to prove this and it could expose them to further legal action.

      If you want to discuss a work related RSI, our workplace illness solicitors can talk you through your rights and what you can expect.

    • Meet The Team
    • Our personal injury team deals with thousands of successful claims each year and our award-winning lawyers are recognised as leaders in their field. They’re supported by a team of specialists in client care and, together, they’ll ensure you receive the best support possible during your claim.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Should My Employer Have Protected Me From The Risk Of RSI?

Employers have a duty of care to their employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act. To avoid repetitive strain injuries employers should:

  • Make sure that risks from repetitive tasks are managed
  • Provide information and instruction on the causes of RSI
  • Monitor your health in relation to risks
  • Provide you with protective equipment if required
  • Give you the opportunity to take breaks from work involving repetitive motions

If you’re unsure if your employer is responsible for your injury and you need some advice, call us on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation or contact us online and we’ll call you back.

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Which Jobs Have The Biggest Risk Of RSI, And What Conditions Are Most Common?

Many jobs carry the risk of RSI, in particular jobs that involve extended use of a computer. Other workers that may be at risk of RSI include:

  • Assembly line workers
  • Machinists and hand-tool operators
  • Garment workers
  • Warehouse packers
  • Call centre workers

This list isn't exhaustive. Any job that involves repetitive actions that consistently put strain on the same muscles can cause RSI – even something as simple as typing or holding a phone.

Repetitive strain injury is a catch-all term for a number of different injuries, but is also used when damage isn't limited to a specific tendon, nerve or muscle. Conditions linked to RSI include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects the hand and wrist
  • Ulnar neuropathy, which affects the elbow and forearm
  • Vibration white finger, which affects the hand and arm
  • Bursitis, which affects the knees and elbows
  • Epicondilitis (tennis elbow)
  • Tendonitis, which can occur in just about any part of the body with tendons that flex
  • Rotator cuff syndrome, which affects the shoulders

If you regularly carry out repetitive tasks at work and have been experiencing RSI symptoms you may be able to claim compensation. Contact us online or call us on 0800 056 4110.

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