Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI , Musculo-skeletal disease or work-related upper limb disorder is the pain from muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. It is a common workplace injury affecting thousands of people each year resulting in thousands of successful repetitive strain injury claims being made against their employers each year.
If you have suffered pain in your wrist or hand that could be the result of repetitive movements at work, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, neck and shoulders, and may also cause stiffness and swelling.
Symptoms of repetitive strain injury (RSI):
- Pain, aching or tenderness in your muscles or joints such as arms and hands
- Burning sensation in the tendons or muscles
- tingling or numbness
- weakened grip
- sensation of seizing up in forearm
At first, you might only notice symptoms when you are carrying out a particular repetitive action, for example when you are at work. When you have finished work and are resting, your symptoms may improve. This is the first stage of symptoms and may last for several weeks. If left untreated, the symptoms of RSI are likely to get worse and cause longer periods of pain. You may also get swelling in the affected area, which can last for several months.
Without treatment, the symptoms of RSI can become constant. At this stage the condition may be irreversible. It is important to get treatment as soon as you experience symptoms of RSI. This increases your chance of recovery and reduces your risk of long-term problems.
The Two Types and symptoms of RSI:
Type 1 RSI – This is when a doctor can diagnose a recognised medical condition from your symptoms. Swelling and inflammation of the muscles or tendons or usually seen in RSI Type 1.
Type 2 RSI – This is when a doctor cannot diagnose a medical condition from your symptoms due to there being no obvious symptoms, apart from pain. Type 2 RSI is also referred to as non-specific pain syndrome.
There are several medical conditions and injuries that can be classed as type 1 RSI, including:
- Bursitis – inflammation and swelling of the fluid-filled sac near the joint of the knee, elbow or shoulder
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – pressure on the median nerve passing through the wrist
- tendonitis – inflammation of a tendon
RSI is usually associated with doing a particular activity repeatedly or for a long period of time. It often occurs in people who work with computers or carry out repetitive manual work. In the UK, one worker in every 50 has reported an RSI condition. Certain things are thought to increase the risk of RSI, including:
- doing an activity for a long time without rest
- doing an activity that involves force, such as lifting heavy objects
- poor posture or activities that require you to work in an awkward position
- cold temperatures
- vibrating equipment
Your Employers have a responsibility and duty of care to ensure you are protected against repetitive strain injury. They have a responsibility and duty of care to you during your working day and should carry out regular workplace assessments to ensure you are comfortable and provide you with the adequate equipment to prevent RSI. If employers fail in this duty of care, you may be entitled to make a repetitive strain injury claim.
Can I make a claim for Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?
Yes you can. At Johnson Law Solicitors, we have over 50 years personal injury experience and our dedicated industrial injury solicitors have specialist knowledge of repetitive strain injury claims and understand how distressing and painful RSI can be.
We can offer you expert guidance, support and assistance to ensure get the justice that you deserve. When seeking compensation for your injury we not only take into account the pain and suffering you have or are experiencing, but also any loss or future loss of earnings, ongoing medical costs and if applicable future rehabilitation costs to help you adapt your usual day to day activities.
Call us for free legal advice and help on 0800 130 0699 or complete our online claim form.
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