Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) affects thousands of people every year in a wide range of office and industrial environments, with the effects capable of harming work capabilities, social life and family responsibilities. RSI is a well-recognised medical condition that is caused by continuous repetitive actions without adequate rest breaks which causes permanent or semi-permanent damage to tendons, nerves, muscles and other soft tissue. Rapid repetition of the same physical actions or procedures does not allow the body to recover and causes permanent harm due to tiredness, depletion of energy reserves and the build-up of toxic waste products. The physical damage caused can be painful with permanent on-going disability which restricts earning power and causes substantial financial losses. The health and safety legislation require all work procedures to be assessed for risk. RSI is a particular risk for production line operatives and those involved in typing or data input at a computer workstation. This is a specialist subject and you would be well advised to research RSI solicitors on the internet before instructing a lawyer.
There are many ailments that fall within the category of repetitive strain injury (RSI) the most common of which is carpal tunnel syndrome however RSI also encompasses tennis elbow (also known as epicondylitis), tenosynovitis, tendinitis, bursitis and thoracic outlet syndrome. These conditions are developed due to repetitive use of the same muscles and tendons without adequate rest periods. If you are suffering from this condition it may be worth your while to contact our RSI compensation solicitors for advice.
Health and safety in the UK work place is overseen by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). According to the HSE, the highest percentage of compensation claims for workplace injuries are from workers who suffer from repetitive strain injury. UK trade union statistics show that almost 2,500 RSI claims go to county court each year. The trade unions indicate that compensation claims are most likely to succeed where there is a clear diagnosis based on a localised condition such as tenosynovitis or epicondylitis. To find out whether you have a valid claim for compensation for repetitive strain injury you should seek professional advice from an experienced RSI compensation solicitor.
Does your work involve heavy computer or mouse usage? Do you have a tingling sensation in your elbow? Do your wrists hurt or are then inflamed? These are just some of the symptoms of repetitive strain injury that can result from prolonged use of computer keyboards and mice or any machinery that requires you to repeat the same small hand and arm movement at your work place. Although some forms of RSI can be treatable, the best way is to understand how RSI develops and avoid it all together. It is an employer's responsibility to train their workers about these risks and provide aids to minimise the potential for developing repetitive strain injury through their working place.
Repetitive Strain Injury is an umbrella term and RSI may encompass one or more of the following conditions :-
The no win no fee* scheme which is also called the 'Conditional Fee' scheme came into effect in 1998. Prior to then Legal Aid was available for personal injury claims however a decision was made by the Government to pass the financial risk of solicitors compensation claims to the legal profession. An RSI claim solicitor is only paid legal charges if the case is won. If the claim is lost then the RSI compensation solicitor will lose his legal fees and will have to write them off. Those fees cannot be claimed against the client. If you would like further information on our no win no fee* compensation scheme then just use the helpline to speak to a solicitor who is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts with no further obligation.
Compensation awards for Repetitive Strain Injury are based on the extent of the injury, the recovery period and whether or not there are any long-term difficulties or disabilities. The compensation that is awarded is either agreed between the RSI compensation solicitors on both sides or is put before a judge in a court of law to assess appropriate damages. A judge will base the assessment of the financial award on previously decided cases with similar injuries, judicial guidelines and their own prior experience as a lawyer in practice. Damages awards for RSI usually also carry legal costs ensuring that the employer pays both damages and legal costs to the employee.
Our RSI compensation solicitors will give you legal advice at no cost to ensure that you establish your legal rights and obtain the compensation that you are entitled to. We are not a claims management company and you will not have to deal with any middlemen, managers or clerks. Compensation that can be claimed may include :-