Over recent years the number of claims for compensation against employers for repetitive strain injuries sustained by employees whilst at work have increased significantly due to professions in which workers have to complete repetitive motions over long periods of time.
RSI claims are similar in procedure to standard personal injury claims, but differ in the sense that RSI's often manifest themselves over a long period of time whereas a trip or fall in the workplace is an immediate event.
If you believe that you are suffering from a repetitive strain injury that was a consequence of your employment then you may be able to make a claim for compensation against your employer.
A small number of cases will go to court but usually if you are able to prove your case sufficiently, an out of court settlement will be offered.
RSI Compensation Claims
In order to maximise your chances of a successful compensation claim for a repetitive strain condition you should be able to prove that the following broad guidelines apply to you:
- Your employer knew that the work or tasks that you were completing had a risk of you developing a repetitive strain condition.
- Even though your employer knew the risks involved, they did not take reasonable steps to prevent or reduce the risk of a repetitive strain injury developing.
- The work that you carried out as part of your job caused the RSI injury and your employer knew the risks but did nothing to reasonably mitigate or prevent the risk of you developing an RSI.
RSI Claim Amounts
A wide range of factors can determine the monetary value that a successful RSI compensation claim will bring and these will be discussed by your legal advisor, however, as a rule of thumb the following amounts have been observed in UK courts and out of court settlements at the upper end of the compensation ladder.
£82,000 and £79,000 for two typists at the Inland Revenue.
£38,000 to a giro processing machine operator.
£60,000 for a council chainsaw operator.
£72,000 for an industrial radiographer.
The above amounts represent the upper level of compensation achieved by claimants. On the whole, it can be somewhat difficult to pursue RSI claims and some solicitors are hesitant in taking on RSI claims due to a difficulty in proving that the condition was caused due to the negligence of the employer.
If you believe that you have a repetitive strain injury that was caused at work due to the negligence of your employer then you may be able to make a claim for RSI compensation.