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Repetitive strain injury and upper limb disorders

Your guide to workplace related limb strains and disorders

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Workplace repetitive strain injuries and upper limb disorders explained

Every day, thousands of people in the UK are affected by injuries and disorders caused by carrying out repetitive tasks at work. Collectively these injuries are often referred to as repetitive strain injury (RSI) or work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD). More precisely, the most common conditions affecting the arms, wrists and hands are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis and Tenosynovitis (or de Quervain’s syndrome), and Epicondylitis (often referred to as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow).

That’s why your employer has to give you sufficient breaks, rotate the work that you do, assess your workplace to reduce the risk of RSI, and provide you with proper training. An employer should also deal with any complaints of these symptoms that you report to them. If they don’t, this could mean that they have been further negligent and that the negligence has caused you additional harm.

As some of these conditions can also occur naturally, and can therefore arise just as spontaneously in people who do not do repetitive work as in those who do, it is important to speak to a specialist lawyer with expertise in occupational illnesses who can give you clear advice to help you decide whether to pursue a claim against your employer.

Our experienced occupational illness solicitors can advise and support you throughout your claim. We can advise you about the benefits you are entitled to from the Department of Work and Pensions because of your injury. We can also access rehabilitation treatment for you so that the cost of this treatment and any necessary aids or equipment can be funded through your claims process. Above all, our experts can help you secure the compensation you deserve.

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Philip, a qualified solicitor, has over 18 years’ experience in personal injury compensation. Having previously worked for a large insurance company, he has extensive insights in how to engage effectively with insurers to achieve the level of compensation our clients deserve. Philip deals with cases of high value, complex cases, and recently secured £1.6 million in compensation for one of his clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident.

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What are the symptoms of RSI and WRULD?

The symptoms of RSI and WRULD are caused by work that involves doing something over and over again, day in day out, or by having to work in an awkward or uncomfortable position. Muscles don’t always have enough time to recover between repetitive activities and therefore the damage done as a result of these working conditions can often be serious and even permanently disabling.

The symptoms may include:

  • Pain, stiffness, swelling, numbness or tingling in the hands, wrists, fingers, forearms, elbows, shoulders, neck or back problems
  • Discomfort when carrying out a particular task, which disappears or reduces when you stop
  • Loss of strength and co-ordination in the hands.

There are, however, other RSI type injuries that affect your back, knees and wrists, or which cause hernias.

The symptoms of RSI and WRULD are caused by work that involves doing something over and over again, day in day out, or by having to work in an awkward or uncomfortable position. Muscles don’t always have enough time to recover between repetitive activities and therefore the damage done as a result of these working conditions can often be serious and even permanently disabling.

The symptoms may include:

  • Pain, stiffness, swelling, numbness or tingling in the hands, wrists, fingers, forearms, elbows, shoulders, neck or back problems
  • Discomfort when carrying out a particular task, which disappears or reduces when you stop
  • Loss of strength and co-ordination in the hands.

There are, however, other RSI type injuries that affect your back, knees and wrists, or which cause hernias.