You may expect accidents at work to involve illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals, occupational deafness or even slips, trips and falls in the office. However, with the increase of mobile technology taking over the working world, thumb arthritis is becoming more widespread in the ranks of common work-related injuries.
What is thumb arthritis?
Thumb arthritis is a condition that can irritate or damage the joints of your thumb. The most common type of thumb arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is a general wear and tear arthritis that affects the hands.
Osteoarthritis is mostly concerned with the basal joint near to the base of your hand and the lower area of your thumb. This joint is responsible for enabling the hand to make movements that allow you to undertake everyday tasks, such as pinching and swivelling.
Causes of work-related thumb arthritis
In a world where we are now expected to be available around the clock, thumb arthritis is undoubtedly becoming an increasingly common work-related illness. The use of laptops and handheld devices put particular strain on the thumb area, demanding more from the joints than they can cope with. When this happens, you may notice pain to the thumb, hand and wrist areas, as well as localised swelling and limited motion.
Who is to blame for your occupational injury?
If you feel that you are not to blame for the thumb arthritis injury that you have sustained, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
While at work, employers have a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety. When demand causes you to overwork the joints in your hands to such a degree that you come to suffer from thumb arthritis, your employer may be liable for this occupational injury.
A law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline can help you to determine whether or not you have a case that is likely to be successful, as well as advise if your claim is worth pursuing.
Getting in touch
Accident Advice Helpline offer a freephone helpline service to all victims of personal injury. Available on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our team are always available whenever is convenient for you.
Boasting years of experience in helping victims of accidents in the workplace on a no win no fee* basis, you can be sure that your personal injury claim is in expert hands when you choose to work with us here at Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice