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Painful workers’ comp trend: ‘BlackBerry thumb’ injuries

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Employment attorneys are warning of increased employer liability for repetitive-stress injuries to employees’ hands and thumbs caused by overuse of PDAs. As a work-related injury, this can trigger workers’ compensation claims.

Advice: Suggest that employee/PDA users: (1) take frequent breaks; (2) write fewer and shorter messages and learn to abbreviate; (3) try to avoid “thumb-typing.” Use fingers, too; and (4) place a support in your lap, if possible, so wrists are not flexed or bent while typing.

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