Repetitive Strain Injury Compensation Claims
Repetitive Strain Injury Compensation Claims
The term repetitive strain injury (RSI) or work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD) covers an extensive range of conditions including frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome, which are often instigated or deteriorated by work. RSI is a common industrial disease and the symptoms associated with the condition, like pain, numbness and tingling sensations fade away with rest, but it can probably lead to a permanent and agonising disability that may result in the victim having to quit their work or retire from work early.
RSI is a condition associated with prolonged performance of a repetitive task, leading to overuse of a joint. The repetitive use begins to destroy the joint, causing inflammation, redness or swelling to occur, and if left untreated, it heightens the pain. The persistent or recurring pains commonly occurs in the neck, shoulders, forearms, hands, wrists, elbows and lower limbs. In most cases, the key advice is to quit doing the activity that harms your body in order to recover quickly. Prescribed drug such as painkillers can relieve your pain for some time; however, complete rest from the repetitive tasks is the most effective treatment. Unfortunately, for some the activity they are relied upon to quit performing could be their core profession and it becomes difficult for them to quit that activity and keep on functioning in the same field.
Why Should I Make A Repetitive Strain Injury Compensation Claim?
If you’ve suffered repetitive strain injury because of something your employer did, or didn’t do, you are entitled to make an industrial disease claim for compensation. Keeping you safe from illness and injury at work is your employer’s responsibility, and the rules about what they are and are obliged to do are laid out by the Health and Safety Executive.
If your claim for repetitive strain injury is honest, then you deserve to be compensated for the discomfort and suffering you’ve experienced because of someone else’s negligence. The compensation you receive is intended to help you concentrate on your recovering phase. However, that’s not all. If your household depends on your income, and it’s no longer coming in to the family, then this needs to be reflected too. In circumstances like this, RSI compensation is designed to cover medical expenses, bills, food, council tax and the like, until you get your life back to normal.
In addition, repetitive strain injury compensation is not just about the money. For many, it is an acknowledgement of what you went through, an admittance of responsibility, and this can lead to modifications in procedure that could help avoid the same mistake happening to some other employee in the future.
If you’re not sure about whether you can claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to have a no obligation chat with one of our legally trained industrial disease solicitors, who will be able to help you and guide you with your claim.
When Can I Make A Compensation Claim For Repetitive Strain Injury?
Employers have to follow certain health and safety guidelines in order to minimize their employees’ risk and avoid repetitive strain injury. This means safeguarding that an employee’s workplace is properly set up and ergonomically sound. The example of such a condition could be that the employees should be able to reach their keyboard without any needless strain on their wrists and hands and place their feet firmly on the floor. The employees should also be allowed to take frequent breaks, which rest their eyes as well as the body.
Additionally, a risk assessment should be carried out for every employee to ensure that his/her workplace is harmless to use and there is marginal risk of a preventable injury such as RSI. Unfortunately, the difficulty arise when employers are unaware of the risks of repetitive strain injury or choose to ignore it knowingly. If employers do not take necessary steps, to protect their employees against RSI – then employees suffering from RSI shall be liable to claim for compensation.
If your employer/organization is found to be negligent in their duty to offer protection or the required amount of information, and you or your colleagues have suffered as a result, get in touch with Turner White Solicitors to make RSI claims today. Turner White Solicitors can help you to receive the maximum compensation for any future financial requirements and medical recovery.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive For A Repetitive Strain Injury Claim?
The amount of RSI compensation awarded in RSI claims depends on a number of different aspects. These aspects can include the severity of the injury caused, your income, the effect the damage has had on your life outside work, and whether the industrial disease needed further treatment and care.
You can find out how much claim you’re entitled to by getting in touch with one of our leading solicitors today on Freephone 01772 25 22 22 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you. We will be able to give you an indication of the potential value of your claim. However, if you want to get an estimated settlement figure before you contact us, you can always use our interactive compensation calculator to find out how much compensation you might be entitled to.
Is There A Time Limit For Repetitive Strain Injury Compensation Claims?
Yes. In the UK, the standard time limit within which an industrial disease claim can be filed is 3 years. If legal proceedings are not started within 3 years, the case is considered time barred and you are no longer entitled to claim for compensation. The 3-year deadline starts either from the date that the accident happened or from the date when it was established that your repetitive strain injury was directly/indirectly linked to the your present or past working environment, which is also known as ‘date of knowledge’.
Moreover, the 3 years’ time limit typically start to run from the date of diagnosis, but it may be earlier than this if you have already acknowledged a connection between your symptoms and its causes.
In any kind of industrial disease circumstances, it is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible. This is because the details are more likely to be fresh in your mind, so it will be easier to recall. In addition, the paperwork you’ve had that related to your industrial disease will be close to hand.
For a free consultation about an occupational repetitive strain injury claim for compensation, call our No Win No Fee industrial disease solicitors on Freephone 01772 25 22 22 or start your claim online and we will call you.
When you contact us, you don't have to start your repetitive strain injury claim for compensation process immediately. Therefore, if you're unsure whether you're ready to step on the first stages of your compensation claim, or whether your disease was caused because of someone else's fault, Turner White Solicitors can provide you the necessary guidance and suggestion you need to establish your claim and know that we will not force you to start a claim.