Whether you work at a construction site, hospital, warehouse, factory or anywhere else, you probably use your hands to perform your job duties. You may not use both hands equally, though, as only 1% of the world’s population is ambidextrous. Everyone else has one dominant and one subservient hand.
In a serious workplace accident, you may suffer a catastrophic injury to your dominant hand. This injury may be traumatic, such as an amputation, or chronic, like carpel tunnel syndrome. If you can no longer perform your job duties because of an injury to your dominant hand, you may wonder if it is possible to train your other hand to be dominant.
What causes handedness?
While most people have dominant right hands, a significant percentage use their left hands to do their jobs. Scientists have determined handedness starts before birth, with many believing upwards of 40 genes control which hand is dominant. Consequently, handedness is innate and not simply learned behavior.
Why is handedness difficult to change?
Your dominant hand is an integral part of you, just like your eye color and height. While you may be able to teach your subservient hand some skills, it is likely never to gain the proficiency or acuity your dominant hand naturally has.
An occupational injury to your dominant hand is not only like to affect your ability to work, but it may also interfere with most other aspects of your life. Fortunately, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help you better manage your post-injury situation.