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Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) has been documented for many years, formally known as potter's arm or chicken pluckers wrist in the UK and as cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) in the USA.

In the UK, the Department for Work and Pensions has defined a number of Prescribed Industrial Diseases, for which an employee is entitled to receive compensation from the government if they have been exposed to a harmful environment and suffered an injury or disease as a consequence, but the amount of compensation is not large and there is an increasing tendency for an employee to bring a civil negligence claim against their employer, accusing the employer of being negligent in allowing the circumstances to arise or continue.

There are a number of specific diagnostic categories that someone suffering from an injury that may be more broadly classified as repetitive strain injury may fall into, such as:

If you believe that you may have a repetitve strain injury issue, and would like to claim compensation for your injury, then you need to do the following straightaway:

Consult your doctor. Most doctors now accept that RSI is a genuine physical problem and do take it seriously. If your not satisfied with his or her response then see another doctor until you are satisfied.

Stop whatever activities are causing the pain. This is obviously something that is much easier to say than do, as often these activities form a major part of someone's working life. However, by trying to work through it, the problem will just get worse. RSI is very treatable in the early stages, but even a short delay in seeking rest and treatment can put back recovery by weeks, months or even years.

If you would like to get some expert advice and take the first steps towards claiming for compensation for your injury, call us today on 0800 197 32 32 or complete our online claim form.