As we become more reliant on technology in our day-to-day lives, there has been a predominant shift in the types of accidents at work that are being reported. While incidents involving slips, trips and falls and manual handling are long-standing work-injury complaints, issues such as BlackBerry thumb, smartphone fog and computer vision syndrome are starting to take the lead in personal injury claims.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, is a collection of vision related issues caused by prolonged use of computers. While the work-related condition is temporary, it can cause some severe symptoms. These include, but are not limited to:
- Eye strain
- Blurred vision
- Headaches and migraine
- Dry eyes
In addition, someone with CVS may suffer pains and strains in the shoulder and neck area. This can also lead to work-induced repetitive strain injury.
What causes Computer Vision Syndrome?
As mentioned occupational CVS is caused by prolonged usage of computers at work. A number of factors can worsen this occupational condition. Symptoms can be caused by problems such as screen glare, poor lighting and adopting an incorrect posture.
Work-related Computer Vision Syndrome
If you use computers at work for long-periods of time, it could be that you are suffering from work-induced CVS. In this case, your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure all is done to reduce your symptoms and ease your CVS.
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety while at work. If you suffer an occupational illness or injury due to their negligence, they can be held liable for any harm you have suffered, as they have failed to meet this legal obligation.
If you believe this is the case for you, a law firm, such as the Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine if you have a case eligible for personal injury compensation.
Intervention from Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has over 14 years’ experience in dealing with victims of personal injury compensation. Established in 2000, the law firm now has a nationwide team of specialists and legal professionals, who offer an expert service to those involved in incidents, such as occupational accidents.
Available 24 hours, seven days a week, Accident Advice Helpline offer a free initial consultation regarding the details of your claim, with no obligation to pursue your claim following the call. Call today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice