What are Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs)?

What are Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs)?

Almost all work requires the use of the arms and hands. Therefore, most WMSD affect the hands, wrists, elbows, neck, and shoulders. Work using the legs can lead to WMSD of the legs, hips, ankles, and feet. Some back problems also result from repetitive activities.

Are there other names for WMSDs?

WMSDs are very difficult to define within traditional disease classifications. These disorders have received many names, such as:

  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Cumulative trauma disorders
  • Occupational cervicobrachial disorders
  • Overuse syndrome
  • Regional musculoskeletal disorders
  • Soft tissue disorders

Most of the names do not accurately describe the disorders. For example, the term “repetitive strain injuries” suggests that repetition causes these disorders, but awkward postures also contribute.

What are the risk factors for WMSDs?

WMSDs arise from ordinary arm and hand movements such as bending, straightening, gripping, holding, twisting, clenching and reaching. These common movements are not particularly harmful in the ordinary activities of daily life. What makes them hazardous in work situations is the continual repetition, often in a forceful manner, and most of all, the speed of the movements and the lack of time for recovery between them.

WMSDs are associated with work patterns that include:

  • Fixed or constrained body positions
  • Continual repetition of movements
  • Force concentrated on small parts of the body, such as the hand or wrist
  • A pace of work that does not allow sufficient recovery between movements

Heat, cold and vibration also contribute to the development of WMSD.

Roberts Jackson will not only help you gain maximum compensation for you or a loved ones suffering, we could also help you claim for medical expenses, lost wages and other possible out of pocket expenses.

  • You do not need a diagnosis from your GP to make a successful claim for compensation.
  • Our Solicitors offers FREE employment advice as part of your claim for compensation.
  • Every day, six people in the UK leave their jobs due to an RSI condition.
  • A Data Input Clerk received record compensation for her RSI claim – £484,000.
  • 1 in 50 of all workers in the UK have reported and RSI condition.
  • RSI sufferers take, on average, take 19 days off work per year.

We are Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder Solicitors and specialise in these claim types. We will find out exactly what you are entitled to and make sure that you get it. It’s a simple process and one that we have had years of experience in.

Contact us on 0800 612 3152 or complete an online assessment. Our services are free, and our claims for compensation are run under a No Win No Fee policy so claiming will not cost you a penny.

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