Work-related neck and upper limb disorders (WRULDs) are the most common occupational diseases in Western Europe. They affect all upper body limbs (neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists and fingers etc), they cause pain and discomfort for sufferers.
If you have been diagnosed with a WRULD, and you believe it was brought on by your environment at work, you might be able to claim compensation.
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What is WRULD?
Work-related upper limb disorders (WRULD) is the medical term for we would more commonly term ‘RSI’ (Repetitive Strain Injury).
WRULDs occur when the tendons, ligaments, muscles or nerves get damaged by repetitive movements done during the course of your normal work.
The symptoms can be varied, but can include pain, swelling and difficulty in moving; in the worst cases WRULD can result in a permanent disability.
Some of the more common examples of WRULDs are:
- Carpal tunnel
- Epicondylitis (commonly known as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow)
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Bursitis (in the knee, elbow or hand)
- Trigger Finger
- Peritendinitis Crepitans
- Vibration White Finger (VWF)
- Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
If you believe that you might have a upper limb condition or it has been confirmed by your GP then get in touch with us today. Remember that upper limb conditions can also include situations were you have pain, but no specific diagnosis.
What are the most common causes of WRULD?
As its more common name (RSI) suggests, WRULDs are caused by carrying our repetitive tasks; these can often be prevented with the use of appropriate protective equipment and support (but often these are not provided).
In a typical office environment for example, typing is a common cause of WRULD, but any profession that requires you to use repetitive movements can cause a RSI. A poor working environment and poor posture can also be a contributing factor.
Other repetitive function are carried out in manufacturing, factory and production lines, but also construction (electric tool usage).
Common Work Related Upper Limb Disorder symptoms
Symptoms may start off as mild aches or pains that wear off quickly, but return again after a short time.
Our previous clients have discussed a whole host of WRULD symptoms with us – these range from a dull pain in the affected limbs, to more localised pain and aches in the tendons of muscles affected (hands, arms and/or shoulders etc) – these symptoms are very common. Other clients have experience numbness, increased sensitivity, pins and needles, loss of feel/touch and reduced grip strength; plus reduced range of movement, some of which can be extremely debilitating and could stop you completing everyday tasks as well as your normal work tasks.
Upper Limb Disorder Claims
As the name suggests ‘Work Related Upper Limb Disorders’ are caused by your work. For this reason suffers can claim compensation from their employer if we can prove that your employer was negligent in your care.
You might have complained about the pain, but they ignored you; they might have failed to provide suitable support or equipment; or they might just not have bothered with any risk assessment on the type of work you were doing. If any of this sounds like it’s right, contact Michael Lewin Solicitors for a free initial consultation.
How much compensation could I get for a upper limb disorder?
Putting a figure on the potential claim amount without talking to you first is impossible to say, but we fight for an award for you that covers the following:
- Pain and suffering caused
- Medical costs incurred and ongoing
- Loss of income (past and future)
- Future medical treatment and care
Get in touch with us today
If you think that you have been affected by a Work Related Upper Limb Disorder, get in touch with us by completing the form opposite, call us on 0113 200 9787 or email us at email@example.com.
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