Do you do a repetitive job? Are you suffering from pain in your joints? Maybe you’re suffering from repetitive strain injury (RSI)? And, if you are, you could be entitled to compensation.
Asons can help you access the compensation you are entitled to quickly, so you can get on with your life.
Speak to one of our experienced compensation claims advisors free of charge today on 01204 521 133 or on live chat for a consultation. Alternatively, you can fill in one of our claims forms or use our Compensation Calculator, and we’ll call you back.
RSI and WRULDs
First, a name change – RSI is now part of the umbrella term of Work Related Upper Limb Disorders or WRULDs, which includes tendonitits, bursitis and carpal tunnel syndrome too. They are caused by performing the same movement on a continuous basis, for example machine operators who perform the same movement over and over for hours on end. The way the condition develops is essentially the same, where it develops gives the name. So, miners knee is obviously in the knee joint, tennis elbow is in the elbow, but the inflammation and damage is caused by the same process.
RSI is very common, which is a problem when you consider that it’s not only difficult to treat, but can lead to a permanent and painful disability, which may result in the sufferer having to change jobs or retire from work permanently.
What is RSI?
Repetitive Strain Injury is simply an overuse of a joint. The continual use starts to wear out the joint, causing inflammation to occur, which creates even more damage. Once this damage is done, it is difficult to treat. Often the only real solution is to stop doing the action that causes the inflammation. Inflammation-reducing and pain relief medication are additional options, but rest from the repetition is the number one treatment.
And, that’s great, if it’s possible. However, for many the action they are expected to stop performing could be their livelihood. For example, if you are a painter and decorator and your RSI is caused by the action of painting, it will be pretty difficult for you to stop that action and continue to work in the same field.
How Might I be Exposed to RSI?
The answer to that question is easy – in practically any job! Most jobs require the individual to perform certain tasks on a daily basis – a job that doesn’t require that is rare. And, it’s these repetitive tasks that could lead to RSI.
It would be a mistake to associate RSI just with highly active jobs, such as being a fireman or gardener, as although they do suffer, they are not the only ones. In fact, RSI Action estimate that one in four workers using a computer could be suffering from it too. It’s important to remember that it’s the repetitive nature of the action that causes the injury, not the size or force of the action itself.
So, if you’ve been suffering from pain in your joints and you’re not sure why, consider RSI as the culprit. Take a few minutes to examine your job to see if you can identify the cause. If you can, contact us and we’ll be more than happy to explore claiming compensation with you.
Types of Repetitive Strain Injury
Here are some of the most common RSI claims we see at Asons:
However, this group of injuries can also include the following conditions, which we are also familiar with:
- golfer’s or tennis elbow
- cubital tunnel syndrome
- thoracic outlet syndrome
- DeQuervain’s syndrome
- stenosing tenosynovitis
- intersection syndrome
- reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS)
- thoracic outlet syndrome
- radial tunnel syndrome
- focal dystonia
It’s Not Personal
Claiming compensation is not personal. Each and every employer is required to have professional insurance, just for this kind of situation. They have a duty of care to you whilst you are at work and, if they fail in that duty and it results in an injury to you, you are entitled to claim for compensation.
Even if the person you need to claim from is a friend, as long-term employers often can be, you should still explore the possibility of claiming – it’s to help you. And, if your claim is successful, your compensation is paid by the insurance company. It does not come out of the pocket of the person you are claiming from.
Think of how car insurance works, this works the same. A driver takes out a policy to cover the costs of being in an accident, that’s considered to be their fault. When the other person in the accident makes a claim for whiplash, for example, it’s your insurance company that makes the payment if the claim succeeds – not the driver.
People are afraid of making claims for compensation, but there’s nothing to be frightened of, we’ll help you through the process, every step of the way.
If you’d like to know more about the reasons people don’t claim, and how we can help, read Eight Reasons Why People Who Should Claim for Compensation, Don’t!
Why you Should Make a Claim for Compensation
Compensation is designed to help you. It’s meant to make your everyday life as normal as possible while you recover from an injury or if you are forced to retire from work permanently.
So, if you’re suffering from RSI and it is preventing you from working, and you have no other way of supporting yourself – that’s what compensation is for!
Maybe you’ll need expensive follow-up treatment or rehabilitation costing thousands of pounds – that’s what compensation is for!
Perhaps you will now require more specialised nursing care in the future – that’s what compensation is for!
Our Experience of Handling Claims for RSI
Asons are experts in dealing with claims for compensation of this kind. Our Repetitive Strain Injury solicitors can assess your case quickly and easily. And, they’ll offer you honest, straight-forward advice about how likely you are to be successful, if you make a claim, in just a matter of minutes. So give us a call – we’re here to help!
Asons Keep it Simple!
At Asons, we like to keep it simple. We promise to:
- avoid the complicated legal jargon, wherever we can. We find it confuses people and makes them feel like they don’t know what‘s going on.
- give you a dedicated claims handler, who will deal with your case from the beginning right through to the end. Of course, there may be times when this is not possible. When this happens, you will be kept fully informed of why and who will be taking over
- explain what’s happening with the case, as it progresses, in a clear and concise manner
- be available for you when you need us. It’s important that you feel like you can contact us, to ask questions or for clarification, whenever you need to.
In short, we’ll take all the stress for you, so you don’t have to!
The law states that any claim for compensation for RSI must be brought within three years of the injury happening or three years from the date that you realised the RSI is the cause of your current condition. This time limit is known as a ‘statute of limitations’. If you miss this time limit, there’s nothing anyone can do – there are no exceptions. So, make sure you call us today.
‘No Win, No Fee’
We don’t believe that those who’ve suffered negligence at the hands of others should be out-of-pocket, whilst their claim progresses. That’s why we use the ‘no win, no fee’ system.
More on ‘no win, no fee’ here.
All you need to do is call us and speak to one of our specialist compensation claim solicitors. At this stage, it’s a free, informal chat – you’re not obliged to anything. We’ll need just a few minutes of your time to assess the chances of your case being successful. And, if you’d like to go ahead, we can get started immediately.