Just like working on a computer for prolonged periods, extensive periods of gaming can lead to a variety of repetitive strain injuries and other injuries for gamers.
The most commonly reported injuries for gamers are aggravations of the carpal tunnel and the nerves that are associated with it. More often than not, symptoms will occur in the gamer’s thumb, hence the name ‘Gamer’s Thumb‘, as well as the middle, index and ring fingers.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Unless recognised and dealt with quickly, this kind of aggravation can turn into full-blown carpal tunnel syndrome, which could take weeks of recovery and may even require surgery.
Symptoms of this repetitive strain injury may include tingling, weakness, or numbness, as well as pain and swelling in the hand or fingers. Some people also experience pain in the arm, usually between the elbow and the hand.
Spending hours in the same, often awkward, positions also often leads to gamers suffering with back or neck pain, as well as sore shoulders and arms. Again, ignoring early warning signs could result in more serious overuse injuries for gamers.
Staring at a screen, whether it is a computer screen, TV or hand-held device, can also lead to eye strains.
Symptoms may include headaches alongside burning, sore eyes and sensitivity to light. Blurred vision, inability to clearly focus on objects at a distance and a sore neck could also be signs of eye strain injuries for gamers and other computer users.
Since the dawn of the Wii and the introduction of games allowing gamers to participate in a whole array of physical activities including, among many others, tennis, bowling and boxing, injuries to gamers also include muscle sprains, trip and slip injuries, and injuries by flailing arms or airborne game controls.
Just like faulty wiring or defective equipment can cause accidents at work, a faulty wire or defective games console can also easily result in injuries by electrocution or fires.
Injuries for gamers: Claiming compensation
If you suffered an injury by a defective game console, had a work accident involving a defective computer or faulty wiring, or developed a work-related condition as a result of working on a computer for too long, especially if your workstation was not properly set up, you could be entitled to compensation.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice