If you have suffered a repetitive strain injury and wish to make an RSI claim, we are here to assist you in obtaining compensation for your injuries.
Repetitive strain injury or RSI as it is more commonly known, is often caused by repetitive tasks and vibrations. RSI can also be referred to as work related upper limb disorder (WRULD) and is a common injury associated with accidents at work which can be linked to a variety of professions. In particular, it is caused by tasks that require frequent repetition of one limb, and awkward or continually held positions.
Established in 1988, we are experienced personal injury solicitors and are accredited by The Law Society. We have extensive knowledge of RSI claims and are equipped with both the experience and expertise to assist you in successfully making a claim for compensation.
Almost all of our RSI compensation claims are funded through a no win, no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you and we will only charge for legal fees after the claim is successful.
To discuss how we can assist you in making an RSI claim, call us on 0800 195 95 90 to talk to one of our expert team. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are ready to take your call.
Making an RSI claim
If you have suffered RSI as a result of your job, it is likely that your employer is at fault due to not providing ergonomic adjustments or by not providing you with adequate breaks from tasks requiring repetitive movements.
Your employer has a duty of care to you and your fellow employees. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, your employer is legally bound to take the necessary steps to ensure that you and other employees are kept safe and not at risk of injury.
The Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992 and Management Regulations should also be taken into consideration by your employer to create a comfortable work environment.
If you believe your employer to be at fault for your injuries, you may be entitled to make a RSI compensation claim.
To correctly diagnose your injuries and assist you in making an RSI claim, it’s important that you visit your GP. Your GP will be able to diagnose your injuries, either by conducting a simple examination or by sending you for an X-ray or a scan. In addition to diagnosing your injuries, they will also be able to identify the severity of your injuries. It’s important to visit your GP, as your medical records will be used as evidence for your claim.
What causes RSI?
RSI can have a number of different causes, however, it is most commonly caused by repetitive tasks and vibrations. It is often caused by tasks that require frequent repetition of one limb, and awkward or continually held positions.
We most commonly deal with cases that are caused by:
- Repeated use of vibrating tools
- Production line work
- Heavy manual lifting
- Data input/typing
- Uncomfortable working positions
- The use of excessive or sustained force
- Insufficient breaks from repetitive tasks
Assisting us with your RSI claim
To ensure that you are properly compensated for the injuries you have sustained, there are a number of ways in which you can assist us in making a claim for RSI.
As previously mentioned, it is important that you visit your GP as your medical records will be used as evidence when making a claim. Your GP will diagnose your injuries and confirm that you are suffering from RSI.
You should also include as much information about your workplace, equipment and the conditions which you believe to have caused your injuries. This should contain as much detail as possible, even things that you may initially think are insignificant.
Accounts from other employees, which detail the manner in which you were expected to work, will also be very helpful.
If possible, try to also include photographs of your working environment and any equipment you were required to use .
Making a claim against your employer
If you believe your RSI to have been suffered in the workplace, we understand that you may be apprehensive when it comes to making a claim against your employer.
Some employees hesitate to make a claim, as they believe it will cause their employer financial damage. However, this shouldn’t be the case. By law, your employer has to be covered by liability insurance, worth at least £5 million. Any compensation you receive, will be covered by this insurance.
We are experienced in the best possible way of bringing a case against your employer. As employers have a legal duty to provide safe working surroundings and are obliged to insure themselves against potential accidents, your employer will more than likely have little involvement in the claim process. Instead, their insurer will deal with the process on their behalf.
What can be claimed for?
When assisting you in making a claim for RSI, we will always bear in mind how the injury has had an impact on your everyday life and your ability to work.
When seeking compensation, we will look to obtain a settlement which takes into account the following: