RSI Repetitive Strain Injury Claim

What is Repetitive Strain Injury?

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) covers a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to:

•    frozen shoulder (painful or stiff shoulder)

•    tennis elbow (pain around the outside of the elbow)

•    carpal tunnel syndrome (pain and numbness in your fingers)

These conditions can be caused - or worsened - by dangerous or unsafe conditions within your workplace and they are therefore classed as an Industrial Disease. It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you are protected from dangerous or hazardous conditions within their workplace, but negligence can sometimes occur meaning you could suffer from an RSI as a result of their actions, or inactions. If this is the case, you may be able to claim for compensation.

Symptoms of a Repetitive Strain Injury can include:

-    Pain or an ache in the affected area

-    Stiffness

-    Burning pain

-    Tingling or ‘pins and needles’ in or around the area

-    Cramp

-    Weakness in the affected area

-    Swelling 

 

Any of these symptoms can range from being quite mild through to being quite severe and often develop over a period of time; you may only have one or two symptoms, or you may have many. It is possible that you will notice them first when you are undertaking a particular task repetitively. You have 3 years to bring a claim from the first time you could reasonably have been aware of the potential link between the injury and a failure by your employer. 

 

Which employees are most likely to be at risk of developing a Repetitive Strain Injury?

Any employee who undertakes repetitive tasks as part of their employment is at risk of a Repetitive Strain Injury. They could include:

-    Factory workers

-    Office workers

-    Construction workers

This list is not exhaustive, and just because the industry that you work/worked in is not listed, it does not mean you are unable to make a claim for compensation if your workplace has caused your Repetitive Strain Injury. If you believe that your RSI was caused by your employment either currently or many years ago, please contact T G Baynes for an informal chat to see how we may be able to assist you.

 

What compensation can I claim for a Repetitive Strain Injury?

Due to their individual nature, claims for Industrial Diseases vary in severity, and this is the case with a claim for a Repetitive Strain Injury. With our extensive experience in managing such claims, we can say that the more severe and debilitating that your RSI is the more compensation could be awarded, but that each case and claim is different in many ways and individual to the person bringing it. Your dedicated T G Baynes solicitor will be able to advise you further as your claim progresses. 

 

How do I make a compensation claim for a Repetitive Strain Injury?

The expert team at T G Baynes are experienced in helping people make a compensation claim for Repetitive Strain Injuries caused by dangerous or unsafe conditions within the workplace. We understand what a stressful time this is for you and your family. By nature, Industrial Disease claims can sometimes be more complicated than other personal injury claims, often due to the amount of information that needs to be gathered as part of the claim, and from external parties.

We may have to employ the services of an industry expert for their advice as evidence is needed to prove a link between your Repetitive Strain Injury and your current or previous employment.

Our solicitors will guide you through the process of making a claim for your RSI and will ensure that they have all the details they need about your previous or current employment and your job, as well as the circumstances of how your RSI was caused and the impact it has on you currently.

We will advise what we can do on your behalf to claim the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to. We will listen to your needs and concerns at this difficult time whilst advising you of the most appropriate legal process to follow to ensure the right result for you. You are always given all the facts you need to make informed decisions about your claim.

T G Baynes can offer No Win No Fee Agreements (CFAs) on qualifying cases.  If you would like to speak to us about making a  Compensation Claim, please call us on 020 8301 7777 or email info@tgbaynes.com