Many people have heard of the term repetitive strain injury. It is one of the leading causes of accident at work claims, and one of the accidents found in almost every sector of employment, but did you know that repetitive strain injury is an umbrella term for a number of conditions which affect different muscle groups? Yes, repetitive strain injury can be sub-categorised into a number of different terms. In this article we’ll be taking a look at gamekeeper’s thumb.
What is gamekeeper’s thumb?
Gamekeeper’s thumb is a type of injury to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb. It is sometimes known as skier’s thumb. In the vast majority of cases, the UCL is torn at its insertion site into the proximal phalanx of the thumb.
Why is it called gamekeeper’s thumb?
The reason for this is quite simple. The condition is most often observed in gamekeepers and fowl hunters. The condition has also been known to be caused outside of these occupations by sustaining a slip, trip or fall and landing on an outstretched hand.
What are the symptoms of gamekeeper’s thumb?
The symptoms of gamekeeper’s thumb differ depending on the severity of the injury sustained. In most cases, the symptoms include a pain and weakness when grasping objects. It may also result in swelling of the thumb. The symptoms of gamekeeper’s thumb can be quite debilitating as it may make it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as tying shoe laces. It can also produce an intense pain when the thumb is caught on an object, for example when inserting a hand into a pocket.
Claiming compensation for gamekeeper’s thumb
Gamekeeper’s thumb and other repetitive strain injuries are among the leading causes of accident at work compensation claims. If you’ve suffered a repetitive strain injury at work within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information.
At Accident Advice Helpline we specialise in all areas of personal injury compensation including work-related injuries. We have over 10 years’ experience in the business and are one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to personal injury compensation. All of our claims are made on a 100% no-win no-fee* basis meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful. So give us a call on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice