Work related upper limb disorders (WRULDs) are a common problem in the workplace. As the name suggests, upper limb disorders refer to a number of symptoms affecting the upper limbs – including the neck, shoulders, wrists, hands and arms – as well as the tendons, ligaments, soft-tissues, muscles, and nerves that support them.
While not all WRULDs upper limb disorders are originally caused by work, the majority are typically linked to activity in the workplace (and often made worse by it). In fact, according to the Health and Safety Executive, musculoskeletal disorders accounted for 44% of all work related illnesses and 40% of all missed working days in 2014/15.
They include conditions that do not have a specific medical diagnosis and result in gradually developing symptoms such as pain, swelling, or difficulty in movement. Such conditions are generally known as Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) and are commonly caused, as the name suggests, by constant movement and overuse of the tendons and muscles.
Upper limb disorders also include more specific conditions that do have a recognised medical diagnosis, such as:
Work related upper limb disorders are generally caused by the way in which your work is organised. Your employer has a duty to minimise the risk of you and your co-workers developing, or further aggravating, such conditions. Risk assessments of the work environment must be carried out, and the appropriate safety information must be made available. If these precautions are not undertaken fully, and your upper body has suffered the painful consequences, then your condition could well be, at least partly, attributable to another party's negligence.
Claims for Work Related Upper Limb Disorders
If your working conditions have caused you to develop an upper limb disorder – or made one worse – you might be entitled to WRULD compensation. Gaining the fair amount of recompense can help sufferers deal with their condition better while also giving them the peace of mind that justice has been achieved.
When you contact Thompsons Solicitors, you can be rest assured that our experienced industrial disease lawyers will handle your case with the utmost care and consideration it requires, providing you with honest, straightforward advice on whether you might be eligible to claim compensation. Beginning with an initial no-obligation phone call, they will explain the process of making a claim and quickly inform you about the amount of compensation you might be entitled to.
So call us today on 0800 0891331 and take your first step towards obtaining compensation.