Find out if you could claim for your repetitive strain injury
We understand how difficult it can be to live with a condition like repetitive strain injury (RSI) and the discomfort it can cause. From the initial symptoms to dealing with the injury day in, day out, the impact of RSI on your everyday life can be devastating.
It’s often easy to pass off an injury as your own fault, but your employer has a duty of care to provide you with a safe working environment. This includes making sure you have the correct equipment and training to avoid RSI injuries.
Not only does RSI cause you to have to adjust how you use your hands on a daily basis, your injury is also likely to have had a financial impact, especially if you’ve had to take time off work or have spent money on medication and treatment. Making a claim could help to cover the costs.
For advice on your injury and to find out if you could claim, contact us on 0800 376 0150 to speak confidentially with one of our friendly, legally trained advisors. They’ll listen to everything you have to say about your injury and will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
How much compensation could you claim for your RSI injury?
We understand that RSI can alter your life. We don’t believe you should be left to foot the bill, especially if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. For this reason, we fully consider the impacts your injury has had on you and your family. Your compensation could help to cover:
- The daily, physical impact your injury is having on your work and personal activities
- The emotional impact on your life
- Any time you’ve had to take off of work and the loss of earnings as a result
- Any money you’ve had to spend on medication, treatment and recovery
- Any impact your injury has had on your future career and career prospects
We’re proud to say that we treat each case on an individual basis. This means when you contact us you’ll always speak to somebody who listens and offers tailored advice.
It also means that the amount of compensation you’re owed depends on your particular situation. Unfortunately, for this reason we’re unable to let you know how much compensation you could receive when you do call us.
However, you can get an estimated figure of how much compensation you might be entitled to by using our compensation calculator. Our calculator gives an approximate figure based on your answers to six questions, and uses details of similar cases to estimate your compensation.
No win no fee
All of our solicitors can work on a no win no fee basis. Simply put, this means that if your claim is unsuccessful then you don’t pay a penny.
You’ve already had to deal with enough stress and unwanted surprises, which is why we take the risk out of claiming so that you won’t be left out of pocket.
There are some rare cases where it may not be possible for you to make a no win no fee claim. If this applies to you, then your solicitor will let you know before you start your claim and will talk through the other options with you.
Claiming RSI against your employer
Regardless of where you work and what your job role is, your employer has a duty of care to you. This includes warning you about the potential risks of RSI. It also includes letting you know of the preventative measures you can take.
We understand that you may be concerned about the financial impact a claim could have on your employer, but you don’t have to worry. All employers are required to have employer’s liability insurance – this covers any claims made against them.
Also, it’s against the law for your employer to treat you differently because of your claim. If you were dismissed due to your claim, this would be considered unfair dismissal, and you would be entitled to take legal action.
Importantly, making a compensation claim for your injury, could shine a light on unsafe practices in your working environment – this could lead to your employer taking action to make you and your colleagues safer at work.
For more information and to find out whether we think you have a claim, get in touch with us for free on 0800 376 0150.
What is repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is when repetitive movements cause pain in muscles, nerves and tendons. It’s also known as non-specific upper limb pain or as work-related upper limb disorder.
Some common types of repetitive strain injury are tendonitis, carpel tunnel syndrome and vibration white finger syndrome.
Causes of RSI may include:
- Repetition of movement over a long period of time, often caused by accidents at work
- Taking part in repetitive, strenuous, high-intensity activities without resting/ allowing muscles and joints to recover
- Doing activities with an awkward posture for an extended length of time without rest
- Vibration from the use of equipment such as drills, chain saws and heavy machinery
- Office environments where employees use laptops and computers for long periods of time on a regular basis
There’s no ‘one-symptom-fits-all’ when it comes to RSI – we understand that it affects people in different ways. Sometimes RSI can be mild, but there are instances when the symptoms can be severe. If left untreated, the symptoms can get worse and in some cases, become untreatable.
Symptoms of RSI
Common symptoms include:
- Pain and cramp
- Swelling and throbbing
- Tingling and numbness
- Stiffness and tenderness.
It’s very easy to miss these symptoms as they often only occur when you’re carrying out the same repeated movements that caused your RSI in the first place, but it’s not uncommon to experience these symptoms even after you stop, finish work or are resting.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above and think you might have a repetitive strain injury, then it’s important that you seek medical advice as soon as possible.
We also advise that you get in touch with us on 0800 376 0150 if you believe your repetitive strain injury is the result of incorrect equipment at work or a lack of training. You’ll speak to one of our friendly legally trained advisors who will be able to let you know whether they think you have a claim.
Starting your RSI claim
We appreciate that the idea of making a claim can seem stressful, which is why we aim to make the claims process as hassle free as possible.
Once you get in contact with us, you’ll speak to one of our legally trained advisors. They’ll ask you some questions about your experience and will then be able to let you know whether they think you’ve eligible to make a claim.
If you do have a claim and you give us your permission to continue, then we’ll select a specialist solicitor to suit your case, and you’ll be put you in touch with them on the same call.
Your solicitor will discuss your claim with you and advise you on the next steps. Our solicitors will help you to make your claim on a no win no fee basis, and will keep you fully informed throughout the process.