RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is a general term that describes pain felt in the muscles, tendons, and nerves of the body, typically caused by repetitive movements and overuse of the upper body. RSI is also known as ‘non-specific upper limb pain’ or ‘work-related upper limb disorder’. Symptoms include:
- Aching, pain, and tenderness
- Numbness or tingling
- Loss of coordination in the hands
- Discomfort when carrying out a task and that disappears when the activity stops.
At first, the symptoms are only noticed when a particular repetitive action is carried out, but without treatment, symptoms eventually become constant causing long periods of pain. Swelling may occur in the affected areas which could last for several months.
What to do if you Experience the Symptoms of RSI
If you experience the above symptoms of RSI and you think it may be related to your activities at work, you need to speak to an occupational health representative and your employer to find out if it is possible to modify your environment to prevent further injury. If the symptoms persist even after changes have been made to your work environment, you may need medical attention.
What causes Repetitive Strain Injury?
The symptoms of RSI is caused by the overuse of the muscles and tendons of the upper body. Certain activities can increase the risk of injury, including:
- Doing activities with high-intensity for a long time without a break;
- Doing activities with a repetitive nature;
- Doing activities that require working in an awkward position;
- Poor posture for long periods of time while performing activities.
Vibrating equipment and cold temperatures may increase the risk of RSI and often make the symptoms worse. Stress is also a contributing factor in RSI. Certain jobs are more likely to cause RSI such as computer work, working at an assembly line or at a supermarket checkout.
It is your right to work in a comfortable environment that is appropriately adjusted for the type of activities you are required to perform. An employer is legally obliged to ensure that this type of environment is available to employees. it is an employer’s legal duty to endeavor to prevent work-related repetitive strain injuries from happening. If an employee already has the condition, the employer should ensure that conditions are changed to prevent the symptoms from getting worse.
RSI affects people in different ways but at worst it is a debilitating condition that can have devastating effects on the work and family life of sufferers. RSI is used as a blanket term to describe many conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tenosynovitis, and Tendonitis. When it comes to carrying out repetitive activities the muscles don’t have enough time to recover and there is often no time to rest. The damage done through repetitive activities can be serious and sometimes permanently disabling.
Compensation for Work-Related Injury
You have a legal right to compensation for a work-related injury. The rules of Health and Safety Laws are there to protect the rights of people who are injured at work and allows injured workers to claim compensation. If you are able to prove that the injury was partly or completely your employer’s fault, you can claim compensation. All employers are required to have Employer’s Liability insurance to cover potential work-related injuries.
We will provide you with straightforward, free legal advice and immediate legal representation for your compensation claim. We will also help provide appropriate medical treatment and rehabilitation support throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. A claim for work-related RSI may include compensation for suffering, pain, rehabilitation, and loss of pay.
When all the details related to the repetitive nature of the work and the injury symptoms have been collected, we will be able to determine whether you have a legitimate claim and how successful the outcome will be. Information about other employees engaged in the same repetitive work who also suffer from RSI is important as they may provide you with valuable witness statements to support your claim.