Vibration White Finger Claims

Vibration White Finger Claims

A condition called vibration white finger can be caused by excessive use of vibrating tools, sufferers may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

If you have developed HAVS as a result of using vibrating equipment in the workplace, get in touch and we can offer advice on making a claim.

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Vibration White Finger Claims

Many people suffer with vibration white finger (VWF) which is an industrial injury caused by excessive use of vibrating tools over a long period of time. The condition usually occurs in workers who use equipment in factories or other industrial environments. It falls under the term Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) which also includes Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

Lots of people have made vibration white finger claims for compensation from their employer as the condition can have lasting effects. The issues can impact daily life and make it difficult for sufferers to complete tasks with their hands. Feel free to get in touch with our experts if you think you may be eligible to make a claim for VWF and we’ll guide you through the process.

HAVS Symptoms

There are a few different HAVS symptoms to look out for if you have been working with vibrating tools and think you may have been affected. The condition can affect each person differently and it really depends how much exposure you have had to this kind of equipment. Some signs that may occur are:

  • Numbness and tingling in the fingers.
  • Difficulty feeling things with your fingers.
  • Tips of fingers turning white when they are cold or wet, and then being painful when they return to normal.
  • Loss of hand strength and difficulty picking up heavy objects.
  • Aches and pains in arms, hands and fingers.

If you notice any of these HAVS symptoms and you have been working with tools that vibrate, it’s a good idea to see your doctor and ask for a diagnosis. An independent medical professional can then assess you and establish a diagnosis for the purpose of your compensation claim. We can also offer help with other illnesses such as if you are unwell on holiday and need advice about getting compensation.

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

Hand-arm vibration syndrome can occur as the result of injuries to the nerves and muscles in the arm, hand and fingers. The condition is most commonly found in people who have worked with vibrating tools for long periods of time.

This could be in the construction industry, engineering, factories or other manual labour jobs. In some cases it can have a significant impact on the patient’s daily life and their ability to work. Tools which can cause these health problems include things like chainsaws, hammer drills, jigsaws, polishers, powered sanders, strimmers and many more.

Preventing VWF in the Workplace

People suffering with HAVS may be able to make a claim if their employer did not follow correct guidelines put in place to reduce the risks. Some of the measures that employers should implement I these working environments include:

  • Providing workers with anti-vibration gloves.
  • Allowing workers regular breaks from using vibrating equipment and tools.
  • Keep the working environment at a reasonable temperature.
  • Give appropriate training on the use of all vibrating tools.
  • Ensure workers have the correct tools for the job.

If an employer has not implemented these preventative measures, it is more likely that vibration white finger claims can be made and accepted. Get in touch with our team to find out more on what you can do if you find yourself in this situation.

Vibration White Finger Compensation

In order to get vibration white finger compensation you’ll need a professional diagnosis from a doctor, as well as evidence of how the injury was caused. Some things the GP will require include:

  • Skin discolouration on the fingers.
  • Evidence of long-term exposure to vibration in the workplace.
  • Excluding any other possible causes of the injury.
  • Reduced sensation in the fingers, muscles weakness and calluses on the hands.

If your doctor has confirmed a diagnosis, you should be making your claim within three years of this. Due to the nature of this condition, the symptoms do not always appear until years after the work that caused the injury. This is why you are permitted three years to make the claim after you have been diagnosed.

We can also offer assistance with other compensation claims for things like mis sold mortgages or even accidents in the home which involve landlord negligence so feel free to get in touch if you need advice on this.

Making a VWF Claim

Feel free to get in touch with our team of experts if you think you have suffered with VWF or HAVS and wish to claim for compensation. We can help you work through the process and get what you need to live a more comfortable life. Many people are now choosing to make white finger claims after discovering that their injuries are a result of negligence in their workplace. We would be happy to support you in getting the compensation you deserve, so don’t hesitate to contact us.