While you may consider accidents at work to involve manual handling, occupational deafness or slips, trips and falls in the office, the increasing demand for professionals to be contactable around the clock is causing the BlackBerry Thumb to be placed high in the lists of common work-related injuries.
What is BlackBerry Thumb?
BlackBerry Thumb is a type of repetitive strain injury (RSI) to the thumb, hand and wrist area caused by overuse of smartphones and other handheld devices. When operating this type of technology, users are typically required to use the thumb in an unnatural way.
When using your phone while on the move at work, to answer messages, emails or manage your diary, for example, the RSI becomes a work-related injury.
Initially you may not make the connection between the pain and a work-induced injury, but as symptoms worsen, you may become unable to carry out everyday tasks and experience extreme discomfort in the area, which can be debilitating.
Who is to blame for your work-related injury?
Your employer has a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety while at work and when undertaking work tasks. If you believe that you have sustained an injury to your thumb or wrist area due to activities expected of you at work, your employer may be liable for any difficulties you have experienced.
As previously established, BlackBerry Thumb is a form of RSI, and therefore, just as valid a work-related injury as this condition in any other area of the body.
Contemporary job roles often require you to be constantly accessible, and to quickly respond to contact. When you feel this pressure has caused your BlackBerry Thumb condition, your employer could be liable for the harm you have suffered.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 and now has years of experience in assisting victims of work-related injuries in the compensation process.
Whether you have suffered from BlackBerry Thumb, another RSI or any work-related injury or illness, law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, can work with you to determine if your case is likely to be eligible.
If it is, and you choose to pursue your claim, their nationwide legal team is on hand to fight your corner and help you receive the compensation you are entitled to for your accident at work.
Get the ball rolling and call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice