In our increasingly fast-paced world, extra demands have been placed on workers which have resulted in a serious rise in the number of work related repetitive strain injuries.
Commonly known as RSI, these work related upper limb disorders usually cause pain in muscles, nerves and tendons and are a direct result of repetitive movement or overuse at work.
At Browell Smith & Co, our legal team has dealt with many of these cases and we have a deep understanding of the distress it can cause our clients.
The term ‘Work Related Upper Limb Disorder’ is vague and can be used to describe a large variety of conditions and symptoms.
Our experts can explain the issues and are adept at getting to the heart of any problems and assessing the strength of your claim.
These conditions usually affect part of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, neck and shoulders. The symptoms will usually be pain or tenderness, stiffness, tingling or numberless and cramp.
The most common work related upper limb disorders include: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Tenosynivitis; Tendonitis; Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow.
Overuse of specific muscles and repetition of certain activities at work can carry the risk of straining tissues beyond their normal capacity.
In the workplace, any repetitive, forceful or rapid tasks performed continuously without reasonable or sufficient breaks or changes in the activity itself will place more stress on specific structure of the body resulting in a risk of injury.
Working with a poor posture or activities that require you to work in awkward positions can also cause the condition.
If you think you have developed a work related upper limb disorder, or know of someone who may have, the best advice is to contact our team as soon as possible.
Strict time limits apply in these cases which is why it’s important to act promptly.
At Browell Smith & Co we have the expertise and experience to establish whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation.
We will guide you through the whole process and make arrangements for any medical examination before securing the compensation you deserve.
As with all claims for personal injury compensation there are time limits within which a claim must be lodged with the Court.
For accident claims, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date of your accident.
For occupational disease cases Court proceedings must be started within three years from the date when you first had reasonable grounds to believe that you may be suffering from a condition which has been caused by a third party. This may be your employer or it could be another organisation with whom you worked or who operated a premises close by.
In the event that court proceedings are not started within three years from the relevant date, the negligent party may be able to escape paying compensation on the basis that your claim is out of time.
The law surrounding the time limits for industrial disease compensation is extremely complex and issues will differ from case to case, particularly when seeking compensation on behalf of a former family member. It is not always necessary to have a firm diagnosis from a medical practitioner for the time limit to commence. In these circumstances you seek legal advice from a specialist as soon as you experience symptoms which you believe may have been caused by a third party.
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