RSI Case

Question: From the NetDoctor news page: * RSI: A 28-year-old bank clerk has been awarded £240,000 in compensation for suffering excruciating pain in her arms, wrists
and hands as a result of repetitive strain injury (RSI). She developed the syndrome whilst working for hours on end at her computer and sitting in an incorrect posture at a Barclay’s administrative centre in North London. Her employment was terminated on grounds of ill health and she still remains unemployed. Barclays was refused leave to appeal. (The Daily Mail) Anyone have any more information?

Answer 1: Daily Mail Friday 7:4:00 – Page 45 – Not that I read the ‘rag’ <smile> Fiona Conalty was awarded 3243,792 after Barclays admitted breaching its statutory duty to protect her. “(she) .. was allowed to maintain an incorrect posture…..”  “Barclays was given leave to appeal against the ruling, but their request to delay payment of the damages until after the appeal was refused”

Answer 2: I see from my copy of today’s Daily Mail article that Ms Conaty talks about how she was doing <quote> lengthy periods of intensive keyboard work <unquote> – however it’s interesting to see that the judge did not mention this as the most obvious cause of her injuries. If she had had her keyboard and computer positioned to her right rather than straight ahead of her, I presume her case would probably have failed, based upon previous cases. Good luck to her, of course, but when, oh when, will the legal profession admit that intensive keyboarding in itself is one
of the causes of RSI?

Answer 3: In the Shell UK case that David reported earlier this week, the hearing at Colchester County Court heard that Ms Gould, from Braintree, Essex, had been sent to a doctor and her workload was reduced but in time it increased again and the symptoms returned. Yet Judge Nicholas Brandt ruled that the oil company should have corrected the way she used the mouse.

Answer 4: Clerk awarded £235,000 for RSI injury. The Daily Telegraph 7th April 2000 “She said the RSI injury which left her unable to tie her shoelaces or comb her hair developed over two years because of a defective work station that caused her to do keyboard work with an unsuitable posture. Miss Conaty sued Barclays for “allowing” Herr to use the station. …..She does not feel bitter and has resigned herself to not working. “I am just glad the truth has come out” Does anyone know who was the medical and ergonomic experts in this case.


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