Repetitive Strain Injury Claims
If you’re suffering from the pain of a repetitive strain injury that wasn’t your fault, we can help.
Our personal injury specialists have over forty years of experience in dealing with repetitive strain injury claims. If your injury has been caused by someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to compensation.
A repetitive strain injury is a term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by carrying out repetitive daily work tasks. It is usually caused by your work. We know that the chronic pain associated with this type of injury can be hard to live with, which is why we look to get you the compensation you deserve.
Who is at risk?
Many people who do one type of work are at risk of suffering repetitive strain injury, but their employer should, by rights, be taking steps to ensure they are protected from these issues.
The types of jobs where you are most at risk of developing a repetitive strain injury include:
- Keyboard workers (secretaries and administrative staff, typists, clerical and data processing workers)
- Machine operators
- Massage therapists
- People using tools and equipment for hours without adequate rest breaks
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Common symptoms of repetitive strain injury
Repetitive Strain Injury usually affects parts of the upper body, particularly in the wrists and hands, but can also affect elbows, forearms, neck, and shoulder. If you are carrying out the same repetitive tasks during your working day, you may begin to develop the following symptoms:
- Pain or tenderness
- A dull ache that will not subside
- Tingling or numbness
If these symptoms continue without treatment, you could develop a repetitive strain injury such as Carpal tunnel syndrome, Tendonitis, Tenosynovitis, Bursitis or Trigger finger.
If you believe you have developed, or are suffering with a repetitive strain injury, it is important that you stop the repetitive task immediately. Your symptoms must be reported to your employer as soon as possible, as you have a responsibility to report the injury once you realise what is happening. You should also record the pain in an accident book and pursue accurate diagnoses and treatment. You must also ask for a risk assessment to be carried out at work.
Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?
We have a dedicated team of specialist personal injury solicitors who can advise on the best approach to making a claim for compensation.
Rehabilitation and care are our primary focus. We recognise every injury is different and every individual is different, so the treatment and recommendations will be tailored to you and your symptoms.
We have got an award-winning team of specialist personal injury solicitors waiting to give you the support you need.
We are independently ranked leaders in the field of personal injury with a proven track record of winning compensation for our clients.
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How much compensation can I claim?
Compensation for a repetitive strain injury is broken into two parts:
- Injury (known as General damages)
- Financial Losses (known as Special damages)
The compensation for the injury is based on the severity of it and how it affects your everyday life. The medico-legal reports will provide the details to assist with valuing your claim and will deal with the consequences of the accident and any long-term effects.
The compensation for the financial losses are split into expenses already incurred (past losses) and expenses expected to be incurred (future losses). The most common past losses are usually:
- Loss of earnings
- Medication costs
- Private rehabilitation costs
- Travel expenses
- Damaged property
- Care and assistance provided by family members
What if my employer treats me unfairly or dismisses me?
You are entitled to pursue a claim against your employer for an accident at work that was not your fault. There are laws in place to deal with victimisation and intimidation. If you feel you are being treated unfairly due to your personal injury claim then you should seek advice immediately from an employment solicitor to protect your position, as there are strict time limits in place.
Can I make a claim against my employer while I am still working for them?
Yes. Provided the claim is brought within the relevant time limit, it does not matter if you still work for them or have since left the workplace. However, it is advisable to pursue a claim as soon as possible.
How do I prove my case?
There are several things you can do. You should promptly report the incident to your employer and ensure it is accurately recorded in the accident book. This will help with not only proving the accident circumstances but may also prevent further similar incidents.
Seek early medical attention ensure that the accident circumstances are accurately recorded. Gather any relevant documentary evidence such as photographs and video footage and obtain details of witnesses who can support your claim.