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Overuse injuries refer to a broad range of conditions that result from repetitive strain or repeated action. Treatments involve rest, physical therapy, and surgery in more serious cases.
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an overuse injury, we can help. If your illness were caused by your employer or a co-worker, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
You can make a work illness compensation claim with the help and support of a work injury solicitor.
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You are not alone
Overuse injuries are caused by repetitive actions over a prolonged period of time.
This repetitive action causes damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles and soft tissue. Anyone who has experienced an overuse injury as a result of unhealthy work practices may be able to make a work-related illness claim against their employer.
Some of the most common overuse injuries include:
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a chronic musculoskeletal disorder that causes pain, cramping and numbness in muscles and tendons of the upper . Around one in 50 employees have reported experiencing RSI. Most sufferers are office workers who spend long periods of time typing on computer keyboards.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is caused by regular, repetitive strain being placed on the wrists, hands or fingers. This places pressure in the median nerve - the nerve in the wrist which gives the hand feeling and facilitates movement. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include tingling, numbness and reduced strength in the hand and fingers.
Epicondylitis is more commonly known as tennis elbow, this condition affects the tendons on the outer side of the elbow. It is caused by movements which repeatedly stretch the tendons and is common among those who play racquet sports. Symptoms include pain in the elbow and arm.
Tendinosis is the inflammation or swelling of a tendon. There are multiple types of tendinitis and it can occur in varied parts including the hips and torso. Tendinosis is chronic tendinitis. This condition usually results from an injury in the connective tissue surrounding the tendon.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition in the arm or leg. This condition often develops after suffering some other injury. The pain from CPRS is much more severe than the original injury would cause.
Discs are soft, spongy tissues that cushion the bones of the spine. The discs can become damaged as a result of overuse or stress. This condition is also referred to as slipped discs or ruptured discs.
The bursa provide cushioning between the tendons, bones and muscles. When they become inflamed this is known as Bursitis.
Ganglion is a swelling caused by a collection of fluid in the top of the tendons in hands, feet and wrists.
A diagnosis of Diffuse RSI is made when pain is felt but there is no determined cause.
If you decide to make an overuse injury claim, your work illness 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 deserve.
Do I have an overuse injury 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.
Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?
Determining who is to blame for an accident is not always black and white.
In our recent 2023 Work Injury Claimant Survey, 26.02% of injured workers believed they may have been partly (or wholly) responsible for their injuries.
Even if you think you might be partly liable, you could still be eligible to make a claim. With workplace injuries, it's possible to claim compensation from your employer, regardless of whether your own actions or those of a colleague contributed to your injury.
How long do I have to start an overuse injury 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 an overuse injury?
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.
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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.
Special damages is compensation for quantifiable financial losses you've incurred as a result of your overuse injury. Compensation can include lost earnings, and any additional expenses directly related to your injury.
These damages will also cover any medical or treatment bills, such as X-rays, CT and MRI scans, and physiotherapy.
Overuse injury circumstances
If you have suffered an overuse injury at work you may be able to make a compensation claim against your employer.
Your employer has a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of employees. If they have failed to implement and maintain adequate health and safety measures, and an employee is injured as a result, the employer's inaction is likely to amount to negligence.
Specialist equipment and training
Certain overuse injuries can be avoided with correct office equipment such as ergonomic computer keyboards and mice to prevent wrist and hand strain, as well as supportive office chairs to prevent back injuries.
Other overuse injuries can be avoided in warehouses or construction sites with suitable operating equipment to assist with lifting and moving heavy objects. Health and safety training can also train employees on the correct and safe way to lift and move objects in order to avoid injury.
If your employer fails to provide such equipment or training they may be found responsible for your injury, and may be liable to pay compensation, however this is largely dependent on the circumstances of the case.
A specialist solicitor will be able to advise regarding your potential claim's likelihood of success.
Employers' liability claims claims
Work-related illness claims, or employers' liability claims, differ from other types of claim. Click on the icons below to read more about claiming:
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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.