While being a musician may not seem to carry an obvious risk when it comes to work-related injuries, accidents at work do occur for some who play an instrument for a living.
This is more to do with the physical requirements that are involved in playing musical instruments rather than the object themselves. Take a violinist for example, they can suffer from what is known as “Fiddler’s Neck.”
What are the Symptoms of Fiddler’s Neck?
Fiddler’s Neck is a series of bruising, redness and inflammation combined with redness of the skin to the side of the neck, where the head of the violin sits while it is being played.
What causes Fiddler’s Neck?
The condition, described by some as a work-related injury, is caused by pressure placed on the neck and shoulders when a musician is playing the violin. In the most severe and serious cases, lesions and cysts can appear on the skin in this area but it’s not just a physical condition or form of repetitive strain injury. Poor hygiene and not washing the skin around this area can also lead to infection and worsening of the symptoms.
Other instruments that can cause injuries
While not seemingly dangerous to look at, some other instruments can cause personal injuries in the form of repetitive strain injuries if they are played for a long time without a break. These are:
Can you make a claim for a musical related injury?
Due to the nature of injuries from musical instruments, it is often difficult to attach blame to anyone and see the condition as a work-related injury. However, if you think you have sustained an injury at work that was not your fault, you may want to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Who should you contact?
Accident Advice Helpline can advise you with your personal injury compensation claim. We have been around for many years and are specialists in cases where people have been injured at work, on the road or when travelling abroad.
In order to help you decide whether you have a case for compensation, Accident Advice Helpline provides a quick 30-second test. Alternatively, you can call our helpline 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, on 0800 689 0500, and due to the fact that most of the information is gathered over the phone, it’s highly unlikely you will need to attend court.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice