Our Personal Injury Solicitors are specialists in handling repetitive strain injury (RSI) claims for compensation.
If you suffer from a work related repetitive strain injury, for example in your hand, wrist, shoulder or elbow, we may be able to help you claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis.
We won’t confuse you with legal jargon. Instead, our friendly and approachable Solicitors will speak to you in plain English, and offer an open, honest and accessible service.
If we take on your case, we’ll investigate your job thoroughly and look at the physical demands created by it.
We’ll look at everything from the type of equipment that’s used and the repetition of your job, to the length of work hours and rest periods, so we can advise you further regarding your claim.
We’ve got close links with Trade Unions, so we have a deep understanding of the challenges they face.
We’re truly committed to getting the best possible compensation and rehabilitation support for clients making a repetitive strain injury claim.
More Information on RSI Claims
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is also known as work-related upper limb disorder. This is the pain you feel in your muscles, nerves and tendons after repetitive movement and overuse.
RSI mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the wrists and hands, shoulders and elbows.
If you want to make an RSI claim for compensation against your employer, you need to be able to show the following three things:
- Your employers/third party should reasonably have foreseen that the work you were asked to do carried a risk of repetitive strain injury
- The employer could and should have taken steps to avoid or minimise the risk of repetitive strain injury
- The fact they didn’t take these steps which led to your repetitive strain injury.
One good way of strengthening your claim is finding out whether other people at your workplace are experiencing RSI symptoms too.
If other members of staff are also suffering from repetitive strain injury, this suggests that your workplace may be the cause of the problem.
It’s often the case that the symptoms will improve or stop when the individual is off work, either on holiday or sick leave.
Again, this points towards the workplace being the problem, as you won’t be doing the same repetitive movements when you’re on leave.
- What is the claims process?
Each repetitive strain injury claim is different, so we can’t say exactly how long it will take to reach a settlement.
If it’s a complex case or an employer won’t initially accept the responsibility, it could take some time to resolve. But in some cases, an employer will be more than willing to settle out of Court.
After taking on your case, we’ll thoroughly investigate your case and can instruct a doctor, usually a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon or a Consultant Rheumatologist, to assess your repetitive strain injuries in order to help establish fault.
It’s important to speak with a Personal Injury Solicitor that specialises in RSI claims as soon as possible.
Our team’s expertise can make the difference between winning and losing, and maximising how much compensation and rehabilitation support you receive.
- What funding is available?
Most RSI claims can be funded through a No Win, No Fee agreement - ask us for details.
Alternatively, your trade union may cover any fees if they’ve referred you to us.
- What is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?
A repetitive strain injury is normally caused by repeated muscular movements without enough rest between each movement. Over time, muscles, tendons, nerves, and cartilage are affected by the prolonged repetitive movements and it becomes painful to move.
- Can I make a claim?
If you’re suffering from a repetitive strain injury you believe is caused by work, then you should do something about it. It’s helpful if you have a specific diagnosis made of your symptoms, such as tenosynovitis or tennis elbow.
We offer a free consultation and a free assessment of your claim. If you don't make a claim or at least have it investigated, other employees could be also be at risk.
- Is there a time limit on making a claim?
You have three years from the date when you knew, or reasonably should have known, that your RSI symptoms were caused by your employment, within which to issue Court proceedings.
If that date has passed, then we may be time barred from pursuing a claim on your behalf.
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