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Repetitive Strain Injury Claims

What is Repetitive Strain Injury?

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is also known as a work-related musculo-skeletal disorder. It is an injury to a joint, bone, tendon, muscle or soft tissue caused by a worker having to adopt or carry out a manoeuvre that the body isn’t designed to do: sitting for long periods of time in poorly designed seats; repeatedly twisting, bending or lifting heavy items. Over time, this can cause inflammation of the tendons or undue wear and tear to the joints.

A repetitive strain injury can take the form of a medically recognised condition such as tennis elbow, tenosynovitis, rotator cuff syndrome or may simply be swelling, inflammation or undue wear and tear to a joint. RSIs are common in the construction industry, the food industry and office-based industries.

What should you do if you think you are suffering from repetitive strain injury?

You should visit your local GP for a medical assessment to diagnose if you are suffering from repetitive strain injury. If you believe the aches are related to your job, then you should speak to your employer to address the situation. Your employer has a legal duty to prevent work-related RSI and ensure anyone who already has the condition that it doesn’t get any worse.

Why should you claim for repetitive strain injury?

RSI not only affects your work tasks but also your daily tasks. Simple jobs such as opening a cupboard can become arduous and the discomfort can have a profound impact on your life.

For treating such an injury, your doctor may advise you to take time off work for rest. You may suffer from a loss of earnings as not all workplaces will cover for your absence. You may have purchased a lot of painkillers, anti-inflammatory tablets or heat pads or undergone private physiotherapy to help reduce the pain to allow you to continue with your work and daily tasks. These all add up as expenses.

You should make a claim against your employer for your injury and all the expenses and lost earnings since.

Limitation period for repetitive strain injury claims

A limitation period is the maximum time allowed to bring a claim to court after an event has occurred. The limitation period for a repetitive strain injury claim is three years from when you first realised you were suffering from a condition.

Do you have a valid claim?

Many clients have concerns as to whether they have a valid repetitive strain injury claim. If your RSI was a result of negligence on behalf of your employer, then you are fully entitled to claim compensation.

Scott Rees & Co solicitors are experts in personal injury and are dedicated to making your RSI compensation claim experience as stress-free and easy as possible. With our ‘no win no fee’ claim process, you can be safe in the knowledge that no-matter the size and scope of your claim, you won’t have to pay us a penny if you’re unsuccessful. To start your claim today you can contact us by phone or fill in the claim form at the top of this page.

Let us take the strain out of your repetitive strain injury claim.

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