Sinnott Solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with repetitive strain injury cases and we have an extremely good reputation for employer’s liability cases of this type.
Repetitive strain injuries are now common in the workplace. They describe work-related musculoskeletal disorders which would include muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilages and bone disorders.
These can be caused by either inadequate office procedures on equipment and/ or a breach of the duty of care towards an employee who has previously made the injury or ailment known to the employer.
Often these types of injuries will affect the neck, shoulder, wrist, hand and arms. The main cause of such injuries is excessive repetitive tasks without adequate breaks for the employee.
One of the most common causes of repetitive strain injury in the workplace is the use of keyboards and computers without appropriate breaks and wrist support.
Often people who work on checkouts and supermarkets will suffer from repetitive strain injury.
Repetitive strain injury could include strains and sprains in the wrist which generally tend to cause permanent and debilitating symptoms.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Compensation Claims
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a repetitive strain injury which would affect the wrists and hands and it is a common condition which can affect both sides of the body.
A person suffering from this syndrome would experience pins and needles, numbness and tingling in their fingers. The syndrome is generally caused by inadequate work practices and repetitive tasks.
Causes of repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome would include the following:
- Repetitive tasks involving manipulation of the hands and wrists with excessive repetitive movements
- Repeated pressure to the hands and fingers
- Working in a production line environment of a factory, at a checkout in a supermarket or at a desk in an office
- Exposure to certain hand tools which might cause carpal tunnel syndrome such as vibratory hand tools
- Frequent use of computer equipment without any adequate wrist support
- Repetitive strain injuries may be prevented by the employer and the injuries generally occur when an employer has failed in his duty of care to an employee to ensure that the employee has sufficient rest periods, training and has a variety of positions and movements
- Where an employer fails to risk assess the workspace or fails to adhere to an ergonomics plan it may lead to repetitive strain injuries
Sinnott Solicitors will explain the process of taking a claim for repetitive strain injury thoroughly to you from beginning to end and we will ensure that you receive the maximum compensation available to you for your injury in the event that you sustain those types of injuries in the workplace.
We can assess the strengths and weaknesses of your claim and every case will be different and will contain a different set of facts as to how the employer breached his or her duty of care towards you.