RSI Compensation in Queensland

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) are common and can be caused by the
repetitive nature of certain actions, including those related to your work.
If you’re experiencing RSI that was caused by or made worse by your
work, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) are common and can be caused by the repetitive nature of certain actions, including those related to your work. If you’re experiencing RSI that was caused by or made worse by your work, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

RSI Workers Compensation Lawyers’ Queensland

A work-related injury doesn’t necessarily mean one you’ve suffered one particular incident. Repetitive actions can cause wear, tear and strain on the body and interfere with your day-to-day life and your ability to be able to perform your job effectively. These types of injuries are known as repetitive strain injuries and you may be entitled to compensation.

At South East Injury Lawyers, we’re here to help you to not only determine your eligibility for compensation, but to also ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Work related RSI compensation claims are usually made under workers’ compensation claims and can be challenging to navigate. We’re here to help you make your way through the process and we offer our services on a no-win, no-fee basis, so if your compensation claim is unsuccessful, you won’t owe us anything.

What is a Repetitive Strain Injury?

RSI is a condition where the excessive or repetitive use of a particular area of the body, usually soft tissue such as muscles, nerves and tendons, results in a person experiencing pain, discomfort and even limited use of parts of their body.

It occurs due to repeated use of a body part or a repeated action and can lead to conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and tendonitis.

RSI most commonly affects shoulders, elbows, forearms, wrists, hands and fingers with symptoms like stiffness, pain, numbness, cramps and weakness occurring.

The way RSI affects you may be different to another person, however, if pain caused by repeated work-related actions is restricting your ability to continue working or perform everyday activities, you may be able to seek compensation.

Why work with a compensation lawyer for RSI?

Don’t let RSI hinder your ability to live a fulfilling life. Partnering with a compensation lawyer who specialises in RSI cases can provide crucial assistance in securing the compensation you deserve.

Here are some of the advantages of choosing to work with a compensation lawyer for your RSI claim:


Compensation claims are difficult, even when your health and your ability to make an income haven’t been impacted. The success of your claim is also based on ensuring you’re providing the right information and that you meet the requirements. We can make the whole process a lot simpler, so you don’t have to stress as much.


It’s common for people to think that they are not eligible for compensation at all when in reality, there may be a number of different options available to them. Our job is to provide you with the relevant and right information so you can make a decision that is right for you.


Our goal is to secure the best outcome for every client we work with. That’s why we offer our services on a no-win, no-fee basis. We’ve helped many people receive the compensation they deserve and we’re confident in our ability to help you too.

What can you claim for RSI compensation?

Every person’s circumstances are unique and the compensation you can claim will be entirely dependent on the unique factors of your situation. You may be able to make a compensation claim for:


Medical expenses related to the injury


Rehabilitation and ongoing treatment/care costs


Loss of income


Future economic loss

The extent of your injury, your age and your ability to continue to work could impact your overall compensation amount.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about what you could be entitled to and how we can help you with your RSI compensation claim.

Frequently Asked Questions About RSI Compensation

Determining if you are eligible to make a claim for RSI compensation depends on several factors but some of the key factors that could determine your eligibility include:

  • Diagnosis: You should have a medical diagnosis of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) from a qualified healthcare professional. This diagnosis establishes the basis for your claim.
  • Causation: You need to establish a link between your RSI and your work activities. If your RSI can be attributed to repetitive or strenuous tasks performed at work, you may have a valid claim. Gathering evidence, such as medical records and work history, can help support your case.
  • Reporting: Notify your employer about your RSI as soon as possible. Timely reporting is crucial to ensure your claim is considered valid. Your employer should have records of your notification, which can be important for your claim.
  • Workers’ Compensation Coverage: Determine if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance. In many cases, workers’ compensation covers occupational injuries, including RSI. Verify the coverage and policies in your specific jurisdiction.
  • Time Limitations: Be aware of the time limitations for filing a claim. Different jurisdictions have specific time frames within which you must initiate a claim. It is important to act promptly to ensure you do not miss any deadlines.

To fully understand your eligibility and the specific requirements for making an RSI compensation claim, it is recommended to consult with a compensation lawyer who specializes in RSI cases. They can provide personalized guidance based on the details of your situation and the relevant laws in your jurisdiction.

RSI can be caused by any type of repetitive action.

Here are some general examples of types of actions that could lead to RSI:

  • Continuous typing on a keyboard or use of a mouse for long periods without breaks.
  • Repetitive and forceful use of hand tools, such as hammers or screwdrivers.
  • Operating heavy machinery that requires repetitive hand or arm motions.
  • Constantly gripping and using vibrating tools, like drills or jackhammers.
  • Prolonged use of a computer mouse without proper ergonomics or rest periods.
  • Repeatedly lifting and carrying heavy objects without proper technique or assistance.
  • Performing assembly line tasks that involve repetitive hand movements.
  • Engaging in prolonged and repetitive overhead work, such as painting or construction.
  • Regularly performing forceful pinching or grasping actions, such as using pliers or wrenches.
  • Continuous and repetitive use of a cash register or barcode scanner in retail settings.

It’s important to acknowledge that while one person may develop an RSI injury from a particular action, it doesn’t mean that everyone who performs that action will also develop it. Many factors can impact the development of RSI.

The duration of an RSI claim in Queensland can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the case, the extent of the injuries, the cooperation of all parties involved, and the backlog of cases within the legal system. Typically, an RSI claim can take several months to a year or more to reach a resolution. When you choose to make your claim with the help of a compensation lawyer, they can usually provide a more accurate estimate based on the specific details of your case and the current conditions within the Queensland legal system.

We act strictly on a no win, no fee guarantee basis. This means that if you do not receive compensation for your accident claim, we will not be charging any legal fees or outlays and hence you will not be at a loss. Whether you have had an accident at work, you’ve been involved in a car accident or you have some other type of compensation claim, we can assess claim and if we believe that there is a viable chance that we can achieve a successful result in your claim, we will take on your case. Unlike other compensation law firms who run motor vehicle accident claims, work accident claims or other compensation claims we will also not require recovery of outlays that have been paid by the firm in the event your compensation claim is not successful. Hence, our no win, no fee guarantee.

Yes, there are time limits when it comes to making a compensation claim for a work-related injury, including for RSI.

To ensure you have accurate information for your circumstances, we highly recommend talking to a compensation lawyer so they can provide you with the relevant time frames as soon as possible.

This can help you to avoid confusion and getting misinformation.

Every RSI compensation claim is different so providing an exact calculation isn’t possible, however, some of the factors that could play a role in how much compensation you may get include:

  • the extent of an injury
  • your age
  • your loss of income
  • your ability to earn in the future
  • any ongoing care costs related to the treatment of your injury.