It may sound the tales of over-cautious parents, but ‘smartphone thumb’ or ‘texting thumb’ really is a condition that is causing an increasingly large number of people pain across the tech-savvy-sphere. While accidents at work are usually expected to fall under slips, trips and falls or incidents involving machinery, the modern age has seen an increase in work-related injury caused by technology, including smartphones.
What causes smartphone injuries at work?
In a day and age where we are expected to deal with matters instantaneously, it has become normal for workers to use mobile technology to respond to calls, texts and emails. It may not seem the sort of issue to cause accidents at work, however, repeated use of phones is leading to repetitive strain injury for some employees.
When holding your phone, you are putting your hand in an unusual position, added to this the motion of texting and the flexor tendon in the thumb is under extreme pressure. This can cause strain injury and extreme pain in the thumb, hand and wrist.
Who is at fault for your work-related injury?
When you are working, no matter the industry, from office work to labouring, your employer is responsible for your health and safety. If you are given tasks which cause an injury, either immediately or over a prolonged period, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered. This is because, in the case where you were not fully inducted or made aware of the dangers your task involves, your employer may have not fully met their legal obligation to ensure your well-being.
How can I claim for my work-related injury?
It is recommended that you seek the advice of a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline. Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims and will streamline your claims process to ensure it is as stress-free as possible.
So long as you sustained your injury in the last three years, and can provide details and evidence to support your claim, it is likely that you have an eligible case.
Accident Advice Helpline’s Freephone is available 24 hours, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500. Their team of dedicated advisors can offer you specialised advice tailored to the details of your individual circumstances. Call today for no-obligation advice.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice