Following the mobile phone boom of the early noughties, many consumers were primarily concerned with how usage adversely affected the brain. Almost 20 years on, with mobile technology now the norm for UK citizens, there are some more practical concerns to consider regarding mobile phone related injuries.
From slips, trips and falls to ergonomic issues, what are the common mobile phone related injuries causing us Britons so much strife?
Mobile phone related injuries
Many mobile phone related injuries are generally due to how dependent we have become on our devices. We tend to ignore the world around us and suffer accidents such as trips and falls simply due to our failure to observe the hazards surrounding us.
Of course, these trips and falls can lead to various mobile phone related injuries, depending on the nature of the accident in question, however, generally speaking you will only suffer minor mobile phone related injuries, such as bumps and bruises or slight grazes and lacerations.
That being said, more severe mobile phone related injuries are occurring due to our overuse of the devices. Our bodies aren’t designed to be holding a phone to our ears for hours a day, or holding a phone during the entirety of our waking hours, not to mention the constant texting and mobile web surfing that occurs.
As such, many individuals are suffering from mobile phone related injuries associated with ergonomic issues, including repetitive strain injuries in the upper body, such as the shoulder. This is in addition to the common phenomenon, texting thumb.
Accidents at work
If you are required to use a handheld device at work and you believe overuse has caused you mobile phone related injuries, then you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety when at work. When you sustain mobile phone related injuries due to the demand for you to operate this equipment without sufficient rest periods, it may be that your employer has failed in this legal obligation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Whether you have suffered a fall at work or a specific equipment-related injury, no matter the nature of your case, Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 years’ experience assisting victims of personal injury recover the compensation they are entitled to.
For more information on the claims process, speak with one of our specialist advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice