What is repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is caused by the prolonged performance of a repeated movement. The condition usually affects the hands and fingers.
If you've been suffering from RSI, you'll know that it can be very painful and that it can affect how your limbs function.
Repetitive strain injury claims have been difficult to pursue successfully in the past. Many people use a computer at home and at work, which can make it unclear as to how a repetitive strain injury has occurred.
But we know it isn’t uncommon for working environments to cause repetitive strain injuries. It’s estimated that two-thirds of employees experience RSI symptoms, and we can use our 22 years' experience to help you work out if you have a valid claim.
If you have suffered from RSI, you should call us on personal injury solicitors.for a free and confidential chat with one of our legally trained advisors. If you do choose to make a repetitive strain injury claim, we can put you through to one of our panel of specialist
We’ll be able to tell you in minutes if we think you have a valid claim. We’ll also be able to answer any questions you might have about making a claim. If you call us, there is no obligation to claim.
Why make an RSI claim?
Many people who have suffered from repetitive strain injuries don’t realise that they can claim.
You may have a valid claim if you’ve had to take time off work as a result of the injury, or spent money on medication or other types of RSI treatment.
It’s important you receive the compensation you deserve to help cover these costs.
By making a compensation claim for your repetitive strain injury, you may also shine a light on unsafe practices in your working environment.
Highlighting unsafe or poor working conditions could lead to your employer taking action to make you and your colleagues’ working environment safer.
Claiming RSI compensation against your employer
Concern about the financial impact on your employer is common. It's understandable that you might consider this when making a claim for repetitive strain injury.
All employers are required to have employer’s liability insurance. This means their liability insurance covers any compensation or claim made against them.
We understand you may still feel apprehensive about making an RSI claim, which is why we are happy to talk this through with you over the phone.
If you have any questions about your claim, feel free to give us a call on
We’re here to help and advise you. You’re under no obligation to claim when you get in touch with us.
Making a claim for repetitive strain injury
Making a repetitive strain injury claim with us couldn’t be easier.
We understand how stressful it can be to be injured and we work hard to make the claims process as stress free as possible.
Once you get in contact with us, you’ll speak to one of our friendly legal advisors who will be able to tell you in minutes whether we think you have a valid RSI claim.
If you do have a claim, we’ll be happy to put you in touch with one of our specialist solicitors. They will discuss your claim with you and advise you from there.
Our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, which means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t pay a penny. Plus, there are no upfront fees or hidden costs, so making a claim with us is risk free.
You can find out more about our no win no fee agreement here, including some limited exceptions that apply to our no win no fee service.
What causes repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injuries most commonly occur in an office environment. Often, this is because office-based employees use computers, laptops or mobile devices regularly and for long periods of time.
Recently, there has been an increase in RSI cases caused by prolonged uses on these devices by employees working from home or during their commute, where they aren’t working under suitable conditions.
All employers have a duty of care to their employees. Employers should also warn their employees about the potential risks of RSI and take measures to prevent RSI happening. These should include, but are not limited to:
- Encouraging regular breaks from PCs
- Ensuring that seats and monitors are at the right height for comfortable use
- Providing wrist rests if they’re required
Repetitive strain injuries can occur in a few different forms. Common repetitive strain injuries are tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and vibration white finger (VWF). If you’re suffering VWF, your symptoms may be different to RSI. You can read more about vibration white finger here.
Employers should be aware of the symptoms of repetitive strain injuries and what can cause them. They should also make their employees aware of the symptoms and how to report them.
If your employer fails to put preventative measures in place and you develop RSI, you may be able to make a claim. An employer should do all that is reasonably possible to avoid an employee suffering a repetitive strain injury.
If you think you have suffered from any of the forms of repetitive strain injury mentioned, or if you’re still unsure, then give us a call onor fill out the form below. We’ll call you back when it’s convenient for you to discuss your experience.
Symptoms of repetitive strain injury
The most common symptoms of RSI include:
- Pain and swelling – of the affected limbs or areas
- Tingling or numbness
- Stiffness – and sometimes cramp
At first, you may only notice these symptoms when you are carrying out the repeated movements that are causing it.
However, in time these symptoms can be experienced even after you have stopped these activities, have finished work or are resting.
If left untreated, symptoms of RSI can get worse and even become untreatable. It is therefore important that you seek medical advice as soon as you think you may be experiencing any of these symptoms.
What to do if you have RSI
If you think you may be suffering from a repetitive strain injury, speak to your employer or a relevant health representative and notify them of your injury. They may be able to improve your working conditions to relieve symptoms.
If symptoms persist, we strongly advise you to visit your GP so they can assess your injury fully. It is important to seek medical advice if necessary to try and treat the injury before it worsens.
In the case that you do go ahead with a claim for your repetitive strain injury, our solicitors will use your medical records as evidence to support your claim.
How much compensation can I gain for an RSI injury?
The amount of compensation you could win depends on a number of factors, such as the severity of your injury and whether or not you’ve had to take off work.
When your solicitor negotiates on your behalf, they will consider any loss of earnings you’ve experienced, any additional expenses and any costs of recovery after your claim. They will also notify you at the earliest possible time what compensation you are likely to receive.
If you’d like to get a rough idea of how much you could claim for your RSI, our industry-leading compensation calculator may help. The calculator will ask you three questions and then use details of similar cases to estimate your compensation claim.
Are you ready to start your claim?
If you’re ready to start your claim, you can get in contact with us in a few different ways.
The easiest way to start your claim is to give us a call on. This will put you straight through to one of our legally trained advisors.
Alternatively, you can fill out the form below, and we’ll give you a call back.
If you want to start your claim online, fill out our online claim form, and we’ll be in touch to discuss your claim with you.
You can also contact us if you have any questions or just want some advice. The call is free and confidential and you’ll be under no obligation to make a claim.