Repetitive strain injury occurs when muscles, tendons, and nerves are overused and are damaged as a result. This often occurs in the wrist, fingers, back, neck, legs, arms, and elbows.
If this injury causes restrictions in your everyday and work life, you have reasonable prospects of success in a compensation claim for lost income, medical expenses, and in some cases, for permanent impairment.
If you cannot work at your pre-injury hours or in that position, compensation is highly likely.
Perhaps you work at a bakery that requires you to dip 500 cakes in icing a day. Or perhaps you work in an office job where you type and click the mouse for prolonged periods without rest.
Maybe you work on a construction site where you hold tools that cause strain to your muscles. It can also be as simple as swiping items at a supermarket checkout.
If you ever feel pain, tenderness, swelling, stiffness, tingling, numbness, throbbing, sensitivity to cold or heat, or any kind of weakness in the muscles, you might have a repetitive strain injury.
Common types of repetitive strain injury are carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, and tennis elbow.
If this occurs at a workplace, you can lodge a workers’ compensation claim. If you believe your employer has been negligent perhaps because they don’t provide rest breaks or had implemented a faulty or straining system of work you may have a common law claim as well.
However, every case is different and this is where we can help you. These types of injuries have a time limit for bringing a claim, so it’s important that you see us as soon as possible.
Before you see us, here are three things you can do that will help with your claim:
- Lodging a workplace injury form with your employer as soon as you become aware of the injury;
- Keeping a diary with details of any pain or restrictions you are experiencing in your personal and work life. For example, ‘I cannot do grocery shopping or type because of sore wrists’;
- Come see us at United Legal as soon as possible because there are time limits on lodging a claim.
We also understand the most important thing is for you to get treatment. This is something we can arrange in addition to getting you fair compensation.
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