Are you suffering the effects of a repetitive strain injury (RSI) caused by the negligence of your employer in Belfast or Northern Ireland? We’re here to help you claim the RSI compensation you deserve.
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Experience of pursuing similar repetitive strain injury claims since 1993
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A repetitive strain injury (RSI) — sometimes called overuse syndrome or upper limb disorder— is the pain and discomfort caused by repeating the same movements over a long period. It usually affects muscles, tendons, joints and nerves in your arms, shoulders, wrists and hands.
If you’re living with a repetitive strain injury, you may be experiencing long-term pain, loss of strength and other symptoms that impact your life every day. When your RSI is the result of your employer’s failure to properly protect you, you are entitled to compensation. Our specialist RSI solicitors are here to help you claim the money that’s rightfully yours.
Symptoms & Causes of Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive strain injuries result in a wide variety of different symptoms, depending on the action that caused the RSI. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. Common types of RSI include:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Tingling, numbness, pain or weakness caused by putting pressure on a nerve in your wrist. This is the result of repeatedly putting your wrist in an unnatural position.
Tennis Elbow – Pain and tenderness around your elbow and forearm. This is due to repeated heavy lifting, use of heavy tools, squeezing, twisting or any other repeated movement when your arm is in an awkward position.
Vibration White Finger – Permanent, painful numbness and loss of strength caused by regular exposure to hand-arm vibration from hand-held power tools.
Bursitis – Painful swelling around a joint. This is usually caused by putting too much pressure on a joint, such as by kneeling for long periods.
Tendonitis – Swollen tendons causing joint pain, stiffness and mobility problems. It is typically caused by repetitive movements or poor posture that damage a tendon.
Dupuytren’s Contracture – Condition in which one or more fingers bend towards the palm of the hand. It is linked to repeated vibrations from tools and machinery.
Frozen Shoulder – Pain and stiffness in the shoulder. This can be the result of injuries to tendons and muscles in your shoulder or from having to keep your shoulder still for a long time.
RSI Claim Eligibility
Your employer has a duty of care to you. If they failed to provide a safe working environment and this resulted in you sustaining an RSI, you are eligible to make a repetitive strain injury claim.
Claiming for Yourself – If you’ve suffered an RSI as a result of employer negligence, you can make an RSI claim.
Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else – If a loved one suffered an RSI due to employer negligence and is unable to make a claim, you can claim on their behalf.
RSI Claim Process
We understand that the aches and pains of a repetitive strain injury have a significant impact on your life. That’s why we’ve created an RSI claim process that avoids placing any extra burden on you — we handle everything. Here’s what to expect.
Step 1: Contact Reid Black Make the all-important first step of getting in touch for free initial legal advice on your RSI claim. There’s no obligation to proceed.
Step 2: Gathering Information If you decide to proceed with your claim, we’ll start gathering as much evidence as possible to support it. This will include things like information about your work history and your medical records.
Step 3: Medical Assessment We’ll then arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical professional. We want to be 100% certain of the long-term impact of your RSI before seeking compensation.
Step 4: Compensation Negotiations Once we’re sure of the prognosis and any lasting effects of your injuries, we will negotiate with your employer’s insurance company to secure the maximum compensation to which you’re entitled.
Step 5: Compensation Payout We continue to represent your interests to make sure the insurer pays the compensation in a timely manner.
You usually have three years from the injury starting or being diagnosed in which to make an RSI claim in Northern Ireland. This can be extended in exceptional circumstances, such as if your employer’s negligence only becomes known later.
In all cases, it’s always best to get in touch with us as soon as you become aware you have an RSI.
RSI Compensation Payouts
The amount of RSI compensation you get will depend on how serious the injury is. Factors such as the level of pain you’re enduring, the impact on your quality of life and your career will be taken into consideration.
The payout you receive will be split into two types of compensation – General Damages and Special Damages.
This is compensation for the direct impact the RSI has had on your life, the amount of pain and discomfort you’re in, and how long that pain will last. General damages compensation payouts for RSI claims in Northern Ireland are set according to the following guidelines:
£2,200 – £3,530 if you will make a complete recovery from your RSI within weeks or months. £8,640 – £10,750 if your RSI symptoms will resolve within three years. £14,900 – £16,340 if you’ll experience continuing RSI symptoms. £21,910 – £23,130 if you’ll experience continuing disability and loss of employment.
This is compensation that reflects the financial impact of your RSI. It will cover things like medical fees, travel expenses, rehabilitation costs and loss of earnings. Compensation amounts for special damages will vary depending on your individual circumstances.
Why Choose Reid Black?
We’re experienced personal injury solicitors with a strong record of successfully pursuing RSI claims in Northern Ireland. We’ll bring the experience of repetitive strain injury cases we’ve built since 1993 to guide you towards the maximum compensation you deserve based on your symptoms.
Yes, you can make an RSI claim against your employer. You should also keep in mind that any compensation payout will be made by your employer’s insurance company, so you should have no concerns about pursuing your claim.
Yes, if the company you worked for at the time you sustained your RSI is no longer trading we will simply track down your former employer’s insurance company from the time of your employment and claim directly.
We will help you to gather as much evidence as we can to support your claim. This might include your medical records, occupational health notes, photos of your work environment, details of any tools or machinery you operated, and any relevant correspondence with your employer.
We settle most RSI claims without needing to go to court. But it’s always useful to have the option of court action available if your employer refuses to accept liability or their insurer doesn’t offer a suitable amount of compensation.
If your RSI claim is relatively straightforward and your employer accepts liability, your case could be settled in less than six months. If the claim is more complex or your RSI is more serious, it could take longer. This can be useful in demonstrating the lasting impact of your RSI and any long-term effects. We can seek an interim payment — a partial compensation payout — if your case is taking longer to settle so that you don’t suffer any financial hardship in the meantime.
Take The First Step Towards Your RSI Compensation
It’s time to secure the compensation you deserve for the pain and discomfort you’ve been forced to endure. Get in touch now for free, no-obligation legal advice on your RSI claim.
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