Repetitive Strain Injury Claims

Should you suffer from a repetitive strain injury (RSI) caused due to your working environment, you could be able to make a claim for compensation.  RSI’s can inflict a great deal of pain and discomfort on a sufferer, disrupting daily life.  It may even affect your ability to work. 

JMW can help you make a claim if you’ve developed an RSI as a result of your working environment, and a lack of preventative steps taken by your employer. 

If you currently suffer from an RSI caused by negligence on the part of a current or former employer, contact the specialists at JMW to make a repetitive strain injury claim. Call 0800 054 6570 or complete our online contact form and we will be in touch.

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What Is Repetitive Strain Injury?

Also known as work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD), repetitive strain injury is a general term used by medical professionals to describe muscle, tendon and nerve pain resulting from overuse of the arms, wrists and hands.

These injuries can have a serious effect on your ability to work and enjoy your everyday life.  If you have developed a repetitive strain injury through another party’s negligent actions, you deserve to be compensated.

RSI claims are common in people of all ages within the UK. Caused by repetitive tasks, RSI typically affects areas of the upper body including the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, neck and shoulders.

The condition typically affects employees that are required to perform repetitive tasks, such as:

  • Writing
  • Driving
  • Operating machinery

Symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injury

The symptoms of RSI vary from person to person. However, if you are diagnosed as suffering from RSI, you can expect to have experienced, aches and pains in the affected part of your body, as well as throbbing and tingling sensations.  You may also suffer from cramps, tenderness and numbness in the area.

These symptoms can appear in the fingers, hands, wrists, forearms, neck, back and shoulders. If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Types of Repetitive Strain Injury

JMW's expert solicitors specialise in making RSI claims for a series of specific forms of the disorder, which include:

Tenosynovitis: This commonly occurs in the hand, wrist and forearms. Tenosynovitis is an inflammation of the lining that houses tendons.

Epicondylitis: This is an inflammation of the place where bone and tendon join; a common example of epicondylitis is tennis elbow.

Peritendinitis: This is a repetitive strain injury caused by overuse of a single tendon, and is often the result of repetitive tasks such as lifting and carrying and athletic training.

Carpal tunnel syndrome: In this form of RSI, pressure is placed on the median nerve passing through the wrist.

If you have been diagnosed with any of the above injuries, and believe it to be a result of your working environment, contact the solicitors at JMW to make a repetitive strain injury claim.

Treating Repetitive Strain Injury

The most effective way of treating RSI is to prevent any further injury. This can be done by making simple changes to your workspace, such as using an ergonomic mouse and keyboard and ensuring your posture is correct.

Other treatments can include:

  • Exercise, such as swimming or running 
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Cold packs
  • Splints
  • Physiotherapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery as a last resort

Preventative measures and medical treatments should work to reduce, if not eliminate symptoms of RSI. However, if you are still experiencing pain and discomfort after treatment, you should return to your doctor or a GP.

If you are suffering from repetitive strain injury due to being in the workplace, you will be eligible to make a claim.  The team at JMW solicitors are equipped with the knowledge and experience to help you, in this regard.  

Making a Claim

If you have developed a repetitive strain injury as a result of a poor working environment, you will be able to claim compensation for the pain and suffering it has caused you, as well as any financial expenses you’ve had as a result of your condition, such as your medical care, rehabilitation costs and wages lost due to a period spent out of work.

There are a number of 'at risk' professions where employees are particularly prone to development of RSI. These industries include carpentry, construction, roofing, or any job that requires repetitive movement of your arms or wrist.

If you have been diagnosed with RSI, you should contact the industrial disease team at JMW today. Our team is friendly and approachable and will be happy to help you get your claim underway.

Why Choose JMW?

The industrial disease team at JMW is highly experienced in dealing with repetitive strain injury claims. We strive to get the best possible results for each case, ensuring you get the compensation you deserve.

Our team works in a friendly yet effective manner, reducing any further stress and keeping you informed every step of the way.

Talk to us

For more information about repetitive strain injury claims, contact the experts at JMW today on 0800 054 6570 or fill out our online enquiry form. We pride ourselves on our friendly approach to law, and will be happy to answer all your questions regarding RSI claims.

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