(Telegraph) ‘Blackberry thumb’ is new health hazard
Tennis elbow, writer’s block and even athlete’s foot are problems than can cause considerable discomfort and more than a little embarrassment.
Adding to the list of potential health hazards, the widespread use of hand-held devices at work has spawned a new condition.
”BlackBerry thumb’’ is the name given to a repetitive strain injury caused by overusing mobile phones to send emails and texts.
The condition is so common that one law firm believes employers can expect a series of lawsuits from staff claiming compensation.
Karen Jackson, a co-founder of the solicitors Roberts Jackson, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, said: “If no one knows about the risks involved, they won’t sue, but more and more people are becoming aware of health hazards in the workplace.
”’BlackBerry thumb’ is the overuse of a mobile phone for work purposes and we envisage potential work in this area as more people are using their handsets when they’re on the move, which is leading to repetitive strain injury.