Repetitive strain injuries have become more common as more people work in office environments but this isn’t the only place they can occurs. Repetitive strain injuries are caused by the overuse of any muscles, tendons or ligaments in the hands, arms, wrists, shoulders and neck. RSIs often affect workers who have jobs which require repetitive movements such as working on a production line or typing at a computer.
RSIs shouldn’t occur at all if proper rest breaks are being taken. Just this week it has been widely reported that employers should be enforcing lunch breaks away from the desk and limiting RSIs is just one of the reasons behind this.
RSIs are common in office environments because they often develop due to unnatural posture often seen in people sitting hunched over desks using inappropriate seating or not positioning their equipment properly. The risk to the employee through working this way can be very painful and even cause long term problems and an employer should ensure all their employees have access to the right office equipment to avoid strain injuries.
RSIs and Risk Assessments
A common question that people suffering with RSIs may ask is whether they can claim for compensation. RSIs often begin as a small niggle but develop into a more painful condition, especially if no changes are made. They can result in a permanent disability in the worst circumstances and therefore, it is integral employers carry out full risk assessments, to ensure their workplace is primed for comfortable, effective working.
Without the right risk assessments in place an employer leaves themselves open to personal injury compensation claims from employees suffering from repetitive strain injuries.
Where’s the proof?
Deciding to claim for compensation against an employer is not an easy decision but where an injury has occurred through negligence it is your right. Proving your RSI was caused by work is dependent on a number of factors.
Your personal injury solicitors will need to be able to show that your working conditions created a clear and foreseeable risk of RSI developing, for example no rest breaks or a badly setup work station. Your personal injury solicitor will also be able to show that your employer failed to take reasonable action to minimise the risk in your workplace. The final element is to prove the employer has breached their duty of care resulting in your RSI.
This may sound complicated but once you instruct a professional personal injury solicitor they will ensure all these boxes are ticked. A professional solicitor will be necessary as they understand the intricacies of employment law as well as the compensation claims process. At Lamb & Co we have worked on a large number of workplace accident and injury cases and have professionals in our team ready and waiting to fight for your compensation.