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Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive Strain Injury is one of the most common injuries developed in the workplace. It is caused from repeated movement in one particular part of your body. This repetition, also known as Repetitive Stress Injury, places undue stress on muscles, tendons and nerves. It most commonly occurs in the wrists and hands as a result of working with computers, where you repeat mouse and keyboard actions continuously.

Repetitive Strain Injury comes in many forms, and manifests itself in many ways through repetitive activities. Due to the nature of most work, repeated movements in almost any part of the body are common and almost all can cause harm. It is the responsibility of your employer to minimise the risk of Repetitive Strain Injury and to ensure you are properly trained in assuming the correct posture or position for the nature of your work. Regular breaks are effective in reducing the risk of Repetitive Strain Injury.

The most common type of Repetitive Strain Injury is known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow passage running along your wrist, which consists of small bones and tissue. It contains the median nerve and works as a pulley for the tendons that work to bend the fingers. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when these tendons develop sheaths from performing small, repetitive movements. These swell and place increased pressure on the median nerve, the nerve that controls sensation and movement in the hands. This then leads to disabling pain and tingling in the thumb and the first two fingers.

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  • Personal Injury
  • Loss of earnings
  • Private healthcare
  • Cost of care
  • Travel expenses
  • Disadvantage on the labour market
  • Home adaptions
  • Obtain payments to assist financial needs

 

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If you are concerned you might have developed Repetitive Strain Injury due to your working conditions, contact us today. Our Solicitors will work hard to ensure your claim is processed as efficiently as possible and you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries and losses. You can complete the simple claim form to the right, select ‘contact us’ above, or speak to a member of our team by calling 0800 1123 256.