Suffering a Repetitive Strain injury (RSI) at work can have serious effects on a person’s day to day life. If the RSI injury was caused or made worse by work or your place of employment, it’s possible you may have a claim for compensation.
The RSI legal process
Injuries at work fall under employment law, which is a broad area of law that focusses on most areas of the employer/employee relationship. RSI injuries at work are typically handled under the WorkCover workers compensation scheme. The image below illustrates the RSI claims process with Shine Lawyers and how you may be able to access compensation after what’s happened.
How RSI compensation gets calculated
No two RSI or OOS compensation claims are the same because everyone’s situation is different. RSI injury claims are often very complicated to pursue legally, which is why you should always seek expert legal advice that is right for you.
In most RSI workers compensation claims, a monetary value is usually placed on the gap between your predicted life path before the injury, and your actual life path since the injury.
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Common questions about RSI Injury at work
If you have suffering from an RSI injury, it’s possible you may have a claim for compensation.
Without knowing the particular facts of your situation it can be very hard to establish your rights in bringing forward a claim for compensation. We recommend you seek expert legal help to get the right advice for you.
It’s important that you seek help as soon as possible following your slipped disc or bulging disc, so that your rights and interests are looked after, and that your ability to make a claim is not lost due to a missed time limit.
The business owner responsible or person found to be at fault won’t have to pay out of their own pocket for what has happened – the process of obtaining compensation is all done through insurance companies.
Examples of what you might be able to claim for include:
- Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Home help and nursing provided by anyone, paid or unpaid, if it meets certain conditions.
There are many things you may be able to claim for following your injury. Once a lawyer knows your specific situation they should be able to give you a good indication of what you may be able to claim for.
A lawyer will be able to give you a good indication of how long your RSI claim may take once they know a little bit more about your situation.
How much you can receive in RSI compensation really depends on your situation but a lawyer will be able to give you a good indication after they know a little bit more about your case.
When it comes to the legal costs at the end, these vary as it depends on the amount of work required to resolve your claim.
Most people making RSI compensation legal claims choose not to act for themselves and instead engage an expert compensation lawyer. The best compensation lawyers can provide the knowledge and experience required to help guide a case to a successful outcome.
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