Working on computers can cause a variety of occupational conditions, including neck, back or shoulder strain and a list of repetitive strain injuries to the arms, wrists and hands. Many of these work related-conditions can be prevented with the help of ergonomic keyboards. Here are some of these conditions.
Carpal and cubital tunnel
Carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome are repetitive stress injuries affecting the first three fingers or the ring and little fingers respectively. Symptoms may include tingling, numbness and pain.
Office injuries affecting the elbow are also preventable through ergonomic keyboards. The condition caused by overuse of elbow tendons and muscles, epicondylitis, is commonly known as tennis or golfer’s elbow.
Tendinitis and tenosynovitis are both repetitive strain injury categories including varying repetitive strain conditions caused by overuse and are preventable by using ergonomic keyboards.
Neck, shoulder and arm
Another repetitive stress injury that can be prevented by ergonomic keyboards is the thoracic outlet syndrome. Affecting the neck, shoulder and/or arm, this work injury may involve weakness, numbness and/or tingling.
Duty of care
Your employer has a duty of care towards you. In other words, they are responsible for your well-being while you are at work and must do everything necessary to prevent you and your colleagues suffering injuries through accidents at work or developing an occupational illness.
If you work in an office, this may make it necessary for him to prevent overuse injuries at the computer by providing ergonomic keyboards.
Breaching a duty of care
Should your employer fail to provide the necessary equipment to prevent you from developing a work related condition, you could be entitled to make a repetitive strain injury claim.
When to claim
In cases of upper limb disorders, claims have to be brought forward within three years of the work related condition being suspected or diagnosed. This time limit also applies to claims following work accidents.
Why you should claim
Claiming injury compensation after workplace accidents, or being diagnosed with occupational diseases, is not just about money, but may spark investigations that lead to the prevention of similar work accidents or reduce the risk of occupational illnesses in the future.
How to claim
When claiming for compensation, you will need the assistance of an experienced injury solicitor.
Accident Advice Helpline solicitors are the perfect choice, because they are backed by our law firm’s 15 years of experience in conducting industrial injury claims. We also work under conditional fee agreements, which make funding a claim a lot easier for you.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice