RSI Claims – common questions
What is repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is the term used for damage of the soft tissues that arises from a repeated action or trauma. It is most often associated with certain tasks involved in everyday work, such as use of computers, tills or heavy lifting but many types of workers can be affected.
Why make an RSI claim?
Every employer has a duty to minimise the risk of harm or injury to staff, so if your job puts you at risk of RSI then steps must be taken to reduce injury. This could mean giving frequent breaks or alternating tasks so you do not spend a long time in one position.
What causes repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injuries most commonly occur in an office environment. Often, this is because office-based employees use computers, laptops or mobile devices regularly and for long periods of time.
Recently, there has been an increase in RSI cases caused by prolonged uses on these devices by employees working from home or during their commute, where they aren’t working under suitable conditions.
What are the symptoms of repetitive strain injury?
The most common symptoms of RSI include:
- Pain and swelling – of the affected limbs or areas
- Tingling or numbness
- Stiffness – and sometimes cramp
At first, you may only notice these symptoms when you are carrying out the repeated movements that are causing it.
However, in time these symptoms can be experienced even after you have stopped these activities, have finished work or are resting.
How much compensation can I gain from an RSI injury?
Like all personal injury claims how much you can receive for an RSI will vary, but there are plenty of stories of enormous payouts. To assess how much your claim is likely to be worth, a specialist accident solicitor will look at the sums awarded for similar cases in the recent past. If the awards were made over several years ago, the solicitor will adjust the value in line with inflation.