If a work-related upper limb disorder has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD) is a collective term for injuries affecting the hands, arms, shoulders and neck, including repetitive strain injuries (RSI), typically caused by repetitive work tasks. Treatment may involve ergonomic adjustments to your working environment, rest, splints, and physical therapy.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a WRULD, we can help you make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim.

With nearly 1/2million workers suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder, you are not alone

Work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs) are common, especially in occupations involving repetitive motions, prolonged use of vibrating tools, or sustained awkward postures. These disorders frequently occur in office settings with extensive computer use, in manufacturing or assembly line work, and in professions requiring fine manual dexterity, such as dentistry and electronics assembly.

The rise in computer-based jobs and industries reliant on repetitive manual tasks has contributed to an increased in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), tendonitis, and repetitive strain injuries (RSI).

In 2022/23, 473,000 workers were suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder (hse.gov.uk).

If you decide to make a work-related upper limb disorder claim, your industrial disease solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

If you are looking for NHS information on the most common types of upper limb disorder symptoms and treatments, see:

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) (nhs.uk)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (nhs.uk)

Tendonitis (nhs.uk)

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) (nhs.uk)

Bursitis (nhs.uk)

Tendonitis (nhs.uk)

Do I have a work-related upper limb disorder claim?

If you've been injured in an accident that was caused another person or organisation in the last 3 years, you will be entitled to make a claim for financial compensation.

Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.

Am I still eligible to claim if I was partially responsible?

Determining legal responsibility for a claimant's injuries can involve myriad factors.

In our recent 2024 Work Injury Claimant Survey, 26.02% of injured workers believed they may have been partly (or wholly) responsible for their injuries.

You could still have a valid claim if you were partly to blame for your injury or illness. If you were injured at work, you can claim compensation from your employer even if you or a co-worker caused the accident.

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Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to start a work-related upper limb disorder claim?

In most cases, you have 3 years from the date of your accident or injury.

You may still be able to claim compensation if you were injured by another's negligence and you only discovered it later. Generally, the clock starts ticking from the date you were diagnosed or became aware of your injury.

How much compensation can I claim for a WRULD?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Work-related upper limb disorder compensation calculator

Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

Updated April 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred because of your accident. In addition to paying for loss of earnings (including future anticipated earnings loss), retraining costs, career trajectory impact, special damages can cover any care costs and medical procedures you need, such as physical therapy, ergonomic adjustments, pain medication and psychological support.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Which medical conditions are considered to be work-related upper limb disorders?

Brought on by continually repetitive or strenuous activities, if a person is affected by a work-related upper limb disorder, an employer could be held liable if they failed to effectively manage and control the risks associated with the condition.

Upper limb disorders affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves or other soft tissues in the upper limbs. They include repetitive strain injury (RSI), cumulative trauma disorder and occupational overuse syndrome.

The most common work related upper limb disorder claims include:

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) claims, Vibration White Finger (VWF) claims and Repetitive strain injury (RSI) claims

See a comprehensive list of WRULDs

The following conditions are often associated with repetitive motions, awkward postures, or the use of vibrating tools:

  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • De Quervain's Syndrome
  • Diffuse Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow/Golfer's Elbow)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
  • Peritendinitis crepitans
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vibration White Finger (VWF)

Diagnosing the condition

Diagnosing a WRULD involves identifying symptoms like tenderness, swelling, aches, stiffness, weakness, numbness, tingling, and cramp. A WRULD is confirmed if linked to work activities, with a medical assessment needed to determine the cause.

Professions most at risk include construction workers (especially those using vibrating tools), carpenters, gardeners, keyboard operators, assembly line workers, and kitchen staff involved in food preparation.

Upon diagnosis, appropriate treatment should be sought, and the affected individual should inform their employer to prompt changes in work processes or conditions for improved safety.

Is my employer liable?

Your employer is liable if they failed to adequately protect you from conditions that could lead to a WRULD.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers must manage and control risks associated with work-related upper limb disorders.

This responsibility includes conducting thorough risk assessments, considering factors such as repetition, comfort, force, duration, environment, and work control.

Specific tasks may also fall under other regulations, like the Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992.

By not adhering to these procedures and regulations, employers may be considered negligent and, therefore, liable for any injuries that result from their negligence.

See also:

Work-related illness claim

Employers' liability claims claims

Work-related illness claims are also known as employers' liability claims. Click on the icons below for more information:

No win, no fee work-related upper limb disorder compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim work-related upper limb disorder compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor