Today, the predominance of technology in our lives can lead to a number of accidents at work and injuries that wouldn’t have been prevalent in years gone by. While work-related injuries are often expected to be related to slips, trips and falls or equipment malfunctions, the change in our lifestyle has brought about new health and safety issues.
A tech-savvy generation
In a culture where we are expected to be contactable around the clock, there is a higher demand for professionals to immediately answer calls, texts and emails.
In addition, the birth of the smart phone now means that our lives are at our fingers. With the touch of a button, we are connected to all social media platforms, our personal and professional diaries and a myriad applications that aid us in streamlining our lives.
Texting thumb: The lowdown
Using mobile devices encourages us to use our thumbs in a way in which they were not intended. Repeated swift movements and tapping can cause strain on the thumb and pain to the area leading up to the wrist.
Although it isn’t officially defined, texting thumb has been accepted to be ‘repetitive use of your thumb, in a manner that it was not originally created to be used. Continued misuse can cause pain, numbness, enlarged thumb syndrome (ETS), and possibly amputation.’
The demand on professionals to respond to clients and colleagues in a timely manner makes texting thumb a common work-related injury, but who is to blame?
Health and safety in the workplace
Regardless of the industry in which you work, your employer has a responsibility to ensure your well-being. If you feel that you have sustained an injury due to a task or activity expected of you in the workplace, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Whether you have received insufficient training or have been put under pressure which has led to injury, your employer could have failed to meet their legal obligation to ensure your health and safety while at work.
Claiming for work-related injuries
If you have sustained a work-related injury in the last three years, and feel you were not to blame, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, could help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Call Accident Advice Helpline freephone number today on 0800 689 0500 to speak with a member of our specialist team regarding your accident at work, with no obligation to pursue your claim.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice