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Repetitive Strain Injury Claims
Blackwater Law have many years’ experience of handling repetitive strain injury claims and helping those who are suffering from RSI get the compensation they deserve.
What is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is the damage caused to soft tissues by repeated activity, movements or trauma. Also known as carpal tunnel, RSI is often associated with certain jobs, such as typing and using computer equipment, but many types of workers across a wide range of industries can be affected. It can cause pain in various parts of the body, including the wrist, neck, shoulders, back, fingers and arms. If you have been diagnosed with a repetitive strain injury, and you believe your condition was caused by your activity at work, or your doctor has said this is likely, you may be able to make a claim for repetitive strain injury compensation.
Who Can Make a Claim for Repetitive Strain Injury Compensation?
If you have suffered a repetitive strain injury and it was caused by your working conditions then you may be able to make an RSI compensation claim. Every employer in the UK has a legal obligation to take all reasonable and necessary steps to minimise the risk of injury to staff, so if your job puts you at risk of RSI then your employer must ensure that the risk is minimised.
With many years’ experience of helping victims of repetitive strain injury claim compensation for the pain and discomfort they suffer as a result of the condition, we know how to build the strongest possible case for compensation, on your behalf. As well as seeking compensation for your pain and discomfort, as part of your claim Blackwater Law will also seek compensation for any impact your repetitive strain injury has on your ability to gain future employment, as well as any expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury, including any medical costs.
We know what measures your employer should be implementing to protect you and minimise the risk of RSI occurring. If those steps are not taken, and you suffer an injury at work, you could be entitled to make a repetitive strain injury compensation claim.
You have a right to claim RSI compensation if your employer has failed to take reasonable steps to safeguard your health while at work, and you should not worry about being treated unfavourably if you decide to make a claim while still employed. In fact, by making an RSI compensation claim you could be helping to improve the working conditions for your colleagues, as your employer is likely to want to make improvements if the issue is raised.
We fully understand how suffering a repetitive strain injury can affect your daily life and we will do everything in our power to ensure you get the RSI compensation you deserve. We can also provide help and advice in other ways too, such as by helping you get access to expert medical assessments and treatment, where necessary and appropriate. You will get expert advice and support at every stage of your claim for compensation.
Whether or not an RSI compensation claim is successful depends on how aware of the risk the employer was, and the strength of evidence that is built to support the claim. Your personal injury solicitor at Blackwater Law will leave no stone unturned in gathering evidence and building and building the strongest case possible, on your behalf.
What Causes RSI?
Repetitive strain injury is usually diagnosed when the soft tissue damage does not relate to a specific muscle, tendon or nerve, and will often be caused by a very particular movement or activity. Repetitive strain injuries can be caused by many types of jobs and activities, such as:
- Repeated use of vibrating tools (which can also cause “vibration white finger”);
- Using a computer keyboard or mouse for extended periods;
- Frequent repetitive movements, such as operating machinery;
- Holding objects for long periods; and
- Frequent, heavy manual lifting
The pain and discomfort caused by RSI can be extreme, and some people with repetitive strain injuries suffer long-term, debilitating effects such as loss of dexterity and flexibility, numbness, tingling and weakness in the affected joint or limb. This can have a significant impact on your ability to go about your daily life, enjoy hobbies and obtain future employment (affecting future earning potential).
If you work with vibrating power tools on a regular basis or perform any kind of activity repeatedly for extended periods of time, you are at risk of suffering from repetitive strain injury. Employers have a duty of care to their employees and are legally obliged to take steps to minimise the risk of RSI. Such preventative measure can include permitting employees to take regular breaks, alternating tasks and ensuring any equipment you need to use to perform your job safely is regularly checked and repaired if necessary.
Repetitive Strain Injury Claims: Why Choose Blackwater Law?
Our specialist workplace injury lawyers are experts in handling repetitive strain injury claims and have in-depth knowledge of workplace health and safety laws, so you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to bring a successful RSI claim on your behalf.
Call Blackwater Law today on 0800 083 5500 for free initial advice from a specialist personal injury lawyer. All accepted cases are on a no win, no fee basis.
Our team of personal injury solicitors will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the repetitive strain injury compensation you deserve. Throughout your claim you will receive specialist legal advice and representation. We will also keep you up-to-date with what is happening in your RSI claim in clear, easy-to-understand language.
What our clients say…
“Anna Woolf’s persistent nature when dealing with the defendant’s insurance company and encouragement when it came to pursuing the correct amount in compensation was excellent. Once again, a big thank you to Anna and all involved with my case.”Read More