Work Related Upper Limb Disorders
Work related repetitive strain injuries (RSI) tends to fall into two groups – the first relates to repetitive over use of a keyboard or mouse; swift repeated muscle contraction of upper limbs, particularly where workstations are poorly organised resulting in limbs being incorrectly or insufficiently supported can lead to RSI.
The second group of work related upper limb disorders often arise in production or manufacturing where workers are required to repeat a similar process over and over leading to injury.
If you have suffered (or are suffering) symptoms which you believe may arise from your working with a key board or mouse, or in a production or manufacturing job you may be able to recover compensation for your personal injury , loss of earnings, medical treatment, rehabilitation or other expenses.
Symptoms that arise from your work may be muscle weakness, numbness, muscle spasm or you may have restriction of movement in your upper limb, swelling, inflammation , paraesthesia (pins and needles)
It is important to your claim that you keep notes of when your symptoms arose, when you first sought medical treatment, complaints you or others made at work and the actions taken by your employer as a result.
As with all claims for personal injury against an employer you need to prove that you were exposed to risk by your employer, which he knew or ought to have known of that risk and that as a result your condition has arisen.
Your employer is required to address these risks and ensure you have a safe place of work.
In pursuing a work related upper limb disorder you will need to prove that your condition has arisen from the work you have been required to do.
This evidence is normally provided by medical evidence from a consultant familiar with this type of condition and this medical examination will be arranged for you without you incurring any cost.
Some conditions are easier to prove than others – Tenosynovitis (otherwise known as Trigger Finger) usually affects the thumb, middle or fourth finger and may result in pain stiffness or swelling. This condition will often affect those engaged in prolonged repetitive movements such as writing, computer work , manual labour or operation of a computer.
Tendonitis, which means inflammation of the Tendon, occurs when the smooth gliding motion of your tendon which connects your muscles to your bones becomes irritated.
As with Tenosynovitis tendonitis can be caused by overuse of your upper limbs and is recognised by the courts as a known complication associated with repetitive work and if expert medical evidence supports your claim you should be able to pursue it.
De Quervains Tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist.
When you grasp, clench, pinch or wring anything in your hand you use two main tendons in your wrist and lower thumb in a motion that you repeat at work hour after hour day after day with insufficient care taken as to the length of time you are exposed to the risk, your work station or method of support for your limbs the condition can be caused by your work.
Other conditions that can arise from repetitive strain injury at work include. tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome but there are also other activities which can cause these conditions and it is up to us as your solicitor to gather the evidence with your help, to establish that your problem arose in your workplace as opposed to from other activity.
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To find out whether you are able to claim for your RSI and the damages you are entitled to arising from your work related upper limb disorder (WRULD) please contact KLS Law today for specialist advice.
We have over 25 years' experience in this area of law.
Our first attendance on you is entirely free and if we take on your claim it will be on a No Win No Fee basis.
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