Repetitive strain injury or RSI is becoming increasingly more common, especially amongst office workers who are typically using computers for eight hours or more everyday.
Injuries Direct have over ten years worth of experience in helping people make successful repetitive strain injury claims and can help you secure the compensation you are entitled to if you have become the innocent victim of a repetitive strain injury.
Computer work carries a very high risk of developing RSI as the position and movement of the wrists, arms and even shoulders varies little, often leading to muscle tension and pain and ultimately developing into an RSI.
It is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that you work in a safe, risk free environment and if you work in an occupation which makes you more prone to developing RSI your employer should be pointing out the dangers and advising you on the best working practises to avoid it.
If you feel you have developed RSI because of your job and your employer did nothing to help prevent it, then you could be entitled to make a claim for repetitive strain compensation.
For further information please contact one of our friendly, experienced claim advisors who will be happy to answer any questions you may have, call today on 0800 2800 979 or if you prefer simply complete our easy to use online RSI claim form.
Symptoms of RSI
- Pain in the hand or arm
- Pain is worse when carrying out certain activities e.g. typing or sports
- Tingling or numbness in the affected area
- Swelling or a burning sensation
- Loss of grip, weakness or tiredness in the affected muscles
The majority of repetitive strain injury compensation claims come from people working in offices, however, RSI can also be developed by working in other industries particularly when performing repetitive tasks, sportsmen and musicians are also susceptible.
Preventing a repetitive strain injury
There are currently a number of products available that can aid with the prevention of a repetitive strain injury. Ergonomic chairs, mice and keyboards can be used in the office to help improve posture when sitting at a desk. However, some measures that you can take to help ensure you don’t end up suffering from an RSI include:
- Sitting up straight and upright to the backrest of your chair
- Elbows positioned at a right angle with wrists straight
- Feet flat on the floor with knees bent at a right angle
- The top of the computer screen should be at eye level
- Take regular breaks from a repetitive task
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Making a repetitive strain injury claim
RSI is a fairly complex complaint and is often hard to prove, as the majority of people use a computer in their home as well as at the office, the proportion of blame is often fairly difficult to unearth.
Working with an experienced claim solicitor can greatly improve your chances of receiving compensation for your repetitive strain injury.
If you want to make an RSI claim Injuries Direct can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Call now on 0800 2800 979 alternatively please complete our simple online claim form and we will call you at a time that is convenient.