Repetitive strain injury claims

Repetitive strain injury claims

For getting your life back on track

If you're grappling with the constant aches and limitations of a repetitive strain injury (RSI), you're not alone. At Switalskis, we've dedicated ourselves to helping people like you navigate the sometimes overwhelming process of making a repetitive strain injury claim against an employer.

We offer a comprehensive service aimed at securing the compensation you rightfully deserve. If you’ve developed a repetitive strain injury due to the negligence of your employer, an RSI compensation claim can be the ideal way of helping you move forward.

We understand that dealing with an RSI is about more than just physical pain; it's about the emotional toll and the impact on your daily life. That's why we're committed to not just bringing a successful claim, but also understanding your unique circumstances. We combine legal expertise with a personal touch, making the claims process as straightforward and stress-free as possible for you.

Give Switalskis a call on 0800 138 0458 now, or contact us through the website to get the ball rolling.

How Switalskis can help you

Navigating the legal process of making an RSI claim can be daunting, but that's where we come in. At Switalskis, we're not just about the law, we're about people - people like you who deserve compensation for their suffering. Our approach is simple yet effective: we listen, we understand, and then we act.

Here’s what you can expect from working with Switalskis:

  • We'll handle every aspect of the legal process, including taking care of all the paperwork, liaising with the other parties involved, and keeping you updated every step of the way.
  • We’ll work closely with you to understand the specifics of your situation. We want to understand how your RSI has affected your life, your work and your wellbeing, so that we can provide you with exactly what you need.
  • We'll always speak to you in plain, straightforward language, because we know that legal jargon can be confusing.
  • We can handle most cases on a no win, no fee basis to make sure that you won’t have to worry about the financial side of things.

Our team has extensive experience in dealing with RSI claims, which means we know the ins and outs of the legal requirements, the types of evidence needed, and the strategies that yield the best results.

So, if you're looking for a law firm that combines legal expertise with a genuinely caring approach, you've found it. Let Switalskis be your guide and your advocate in your repetitive strain injury claim journey.

Read what our clients had to say about the help they received from Switalskis

What is repetitive strain injury?

RSI is a condition that happens due to repetitive motion, or overuse of a particular part of the body. It often manifests as pain, stiffness or a tingling sensation in the affected area, which could be your neck, shoulders, wrists or even fingers.

RSI is not a single medical condition, but rather a term that encompasses various disorders affecting muscles, tendons and nerves. Conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, and can all fall under the umbrella of RSI. It often starts off as mild pain, but  gradually worsens over time if not addressed.

Understanding RSI is the first step in managing it and making a claim for RSI compensation. If you're experiencing symptoms that you think could be RSI, it's vital to seek medical advice for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. When you're ready to make a claim, we're here to guide you through it.

What are the most common causes of repetitive strain injuries?

When it comes to RSI, the causes can be as varied as the people it affects. However, some common triggers tend to crop up more often than others:

  • Frequent repetitive motions: if you're doing the same action over and over again you're potentially at risk.
  • Poor ergonomics: if your workstation isn't set up correctly, you could be at risk of developing RSI. Chairs that don't support your back, keyboards placed too high or too low, and even the angle of your computer screen can contribute to RSI.
  • Heavy lifting: jobs that need you to lift heavy objects regularly can put a strain on your muscles and tendons, leading to RSI over time.
  • High-intensity activities without breaks: if you have a demanding job and aren’t given enough time to rest and recover, this can lead to RSI.
  • Vibration: regular use of vibrating equipment like drills or jackhammers can cause strain injuries over time.
  • Cold work environments: temperature can also play a role in causing repetitive strain. Cold muscles are less flexible and more prone to injury.
  • Lack of training: sometimes, it's not the activity itself but how you're doing it. If you haven’t been trained on the proper way to perform a physical task, it can make you more vulnerable to repetitive strain injury.

Understanding the root cause of your RSI is important, not just for your RSI compensation claim but also for your wellbeing.

When can I claim for repetitive strain injury?

You can make a claim for RSI if you can prove that someone else's negligence led to your condition. Here are some scenarios where you might have a valid claim:

  • Your employer didn't provide an ergonomic workstation, although you requested it.
  • You were not given adequate breaks during work, leading to overuse and strain.
  • You were using a piece of equipment that was faulty, and this led to your RSI.

It's not just about proving that you have RSI; you also need to show that someone else's actions or lack of action contributed to your condition. This is where we come in. We'll help you gather the evidence you need to make a strong case, from medical records to workplace assessments.

What evidence will I need to claim repetitive strain injury compensation?

Gathering the right evidence is important for a successful RSI claim, and showing how the injury has affected your life and work. Here's what you'll need to consider:

  • Medical records: the cornerstone of any repetitive strain injury claim is a medical diagnosis. You'll need detailed medical records that outline your symptoms, the treatments you've received, and the impact on your daily life.
  • Workplace assessments: if your RSI is work-related, any workplace assessments that have been carried out can be invaluable. These could be ergonomic assessments, risk assessments, or even emails where you've raised concerns about your workspace.
  • Photographic evidence: photos can be a powerful tool. This could be pictures of your workstation, the equipment you use, or even your physical symptoms, like swelling or redness.
  • Witness statements: colleagues or family members can provide statements that support your claim. They can vouch for the conditions you work under or the pain and discomfort you experience daily.
  • Financial records: keep track of any expenses related to your RSI. This could include medical bills, travel costs to appointments, or equipment you've had to buy like ergonomic chairs or special keyboards.
  • Employment records: your employment contract, job description, and any changes in your role or duties can help establish the link between your job and your RSI.
  • Communication records: emails, texts or any other form of correspondence where you've discussed your symptoms or requested accommodations for your RSI can be useful.

Collecting this evidence might seem overwhelming, but you're not alone. We're here to guide you through each step, making sure you've got the strongest case possible.

What is the process for making a repetitive strain injury claim?

Navigating the legal maze of an RSI claim can be daunting, but we're here to make it as smooth as possible for you. Here's how we'll go about it, step by step:

Step 1: Initial consultation

First things first, let's talk. We'll have an initial chat to understand your situation better. This is where you tell us about your symptoms, how they've affected your life, and any evidence you might already have.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

Once we've got the basics, we'll look into the nitty-gritty. This involves establishing that someone else was at fault and that they've breached their duty of care towards you.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Once we have gathered the necessary information, we'll formally notify the other party that you're making a repetitive strain injury claim. This is usually done through a letter of claim, outlining why they're at fault and what compensation you're seeking.

Step 4: Negotiation

The timescale of these negotiations will depend on whether the defendant accepts fault straight away, or if there’s some negotiation over the details.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

We'll try to settle things without going to court, but if that's not possible, we'll prepare your case and represent you to get you the best outcome.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

Once everything's been agreed upon, you'll receive your compensation. This will be calculated based on various factors such as the severity of your RSI, loss of earnings, and any other costs you've experienced.

Throughout the process, we'll keep you in the loop, making sure you know what's happening every step of the way.

Is there an RSI claim time limit?

Time is of the essence when it comes to making an RSI claim. The general rule is that you have three years from the date you became aware of your repetitive strain injury to start a legal claim. This doesn't necessarily mean three years from when the symptoms first appeared; it could be from the date you realised the symptoms were serious enough to be classified as an RSI, and were linked to your work or other activities.

However, there are exceptions to this rule. For instance, for those who are underage, the three-year limit doesn't start until their 18th birthday. Similarly, if the person suffering from RSI lacks the mental capacity to make their own claim, the time limit can be extended indefinitely.

It's key to act quickly, not just because of the legal time limit, but also because gathering evidence becomes more challenging as time passes. Records may be lost, and the link between your RSI and your work or activities may become harder to prove.

So, if you're considering making a claim for repetitive strain injury compensation, it's best to get in touch with Switalskis as soon as you can.

How much compensation for repetitive strain injury claims?

The potential value of repetitive strain injury compensation claims will depend on a number of factors, all of which can influence the amount of compensation you receive:

  • Severity of the injury: the more severe your RSI, the higher the compensation. This takes into account not just the physical pain, but also any psychological effects like stress or depression.
  • Impact on lifestyle: if your RSI has had a significant impact on your quality of life, including your ability to work, socialise or carry out daily activities, this will be considered.
  • Medical costs: any expenses you've had to cover any treatment, including physiotherapy, medication or even surgery, can be reclaimed.
  • Loss of earnings: if you've had to take time off work or been unable to continue in your current role due to your RSI, you could be compensated for lost wages, both past and future.
  • Other expenses: this could include costs for modifications to your home or car, or for devices that help you manage your RSI symptoms.

It's our job to make sure you get the full amount you're entitled to, taking into account all these factors. We'll gather all the necessary evidence and negotiate on your behalf to get you the best possible outcome.

How are repetitive strain injury claims funded?

Worried about the cost of making a claim? You're not alone. That’s why the vast majority of the repetitive strain injury claims we handle are on a no win, no fee basis.

Also known as a conditional fee agreement, this arrangement means that if your claim is successful, a agreed percentage of the compensation awarded will contribute towards the legal fees. This will be agreed at the start of your claim, so there are no surprises.

We’re committed to making sure that nobody is ever prevented from pursuing a claim due to financial concerns. Speak to us, and we’ll discuss all of the funding options available to you so that you can find the right option for you.

How long does the repetitive strain injury claims process take?

The time it takes to settle an RSI claim can vary. Here are some factors that can influence the timeline:

  • Complexity of the case: straightforward claims can sometimes be resolved in a matter of months. However, if your case is complex, involving multiple parties or disputed facts, it could take longer.
  • Medical assessments: your claim will need to be supported by medical evidence, which means attending medical expert assessments. The availability of specialists can sometimes cause delays.
  • Negotiations: if the other party chooses to dispute the claim, negotiations could end take longer than they otherwise would.
  • Court proceedings: while most claims are settled out of court, some cases may need the formal court process of going to trial, which can add significant time.
  • Legal formalities: there are legal steps that must be followed, and these take time. Rest assured, we'll always be pushing for the quickest possible resolution that's in your best interest.

We know it's frustrating not to have a definite end date, but we'll keep you updated every step of the way.

Give Switalskis a call on 0800 138 0458 now, or contact us through the website to get the ball rolling.

Our repetitive strain injury claims specialists

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Gillian WardSenior Associate Legal Executive
Alex EdwardsSolicitor
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Diane ParkerDirector and Solicitor
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Why Switalskis?

Choosing the right firm to handle your repetitive strain injury claim is very important. Here's why Switalskis should be your go-to choice:

Clarity in complexity

Legal matters can be daunting, but we pride ourselves on making the complex simple. Whether it's explaining the no win, no fee structure or breaking down medical jargon, we're here to make sure you understand every step of the process.

Empathy at every step

We're not just about legal expertise; we're about people. We take the time to understand your unique situation and how your RSI has impacted your life. That way, we can offer not just legal advice, but emotional support too.

Expertise you can trust

With years of experience in personal injury claims, including RSI cases, you can trust us to handle your claim professionally. Our team is experienced in handling the detail of RSI claims, giving you the best chance of a successful outcome.

Championing your rights

We're committed to getting you the compensation you deserve. We'll fight tirelessly on your behalf, making sure your rights are protected throughout the claim process, and working hard to guarantee that the right lessons are learned from what you’ve been through

FAQs about repetitive strain injury claims

What are common RSI symptoms?

Repetitive strain injury can manifest in various ways, but there are some common symptoms you should be aware of. These include:

  • Pain or discomfort: one of the most telling signs is a persistent ache or pain in the area affected, usually in the hands, wrists, shoulders or neck.
  • Tingling or numbness: you might experience a tingling sensation or even numbness, particularly in the fingers or hands.
  • Weakness: a lack of strength in the affected area can make it difficult to perform even simple tasks.
  • Stiffness: you may find that your joints become stiff, making movement uncomfortable or restricted.
  • Throbbing: some people report a throbbing sensation in the affected area, often worsening with activity.
  • Reduced mobility: over time, you might notice a decrease in your range of motion due to discomfort or pain.
  • Sensitivity: the affected area may become sensitive to touch or temperature changes.

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's essential to seek medical advice for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Ignoring the symptoms can lead to more severe problems down the line, including permanent damage. If you're in doubt, it's always better to get it checked out.

How can RSIs be diagnosed?

If you're experiencing symptoms that you suspect could be related to repetitive strain injury, it's important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Here's how it usually goes:

  • Consult a GP: the first step is to consult your general practitioner. They'll ask about your symptoms, work environment and any repetitive tasks you perform.
  • Referral to a specialist: if your GP suspects RSI, you may be referred to a specialist like an orthopaedic doctor or a rheumatologist for further tests.
  • Diagnostic tests: these could include X-rays, MRI scans or nerve conduction studies to rule out other conditions and confirm RSI.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you're suffering from repetitive strain injury due to your work environment or negligence on the part of your employer, you may have a valid claim for compensation. At Switalskis, we have extensive experience with RSI claims and we'll take the time to understand your unique situation, how it's affecting your life, and what you need to move forward.

To find out more and to get your claim started, give us a call today on 0800 1380 458 . If you'd prefer, you can also reach out to us through our website for more information.

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