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Vibration White Finger Compensation

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If you believe you have been over exposed to vibration because of your work then you could well be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Vibration White Finger Compensation
More and more people are suffering from this terrible condition due to employers negligence – if you are one of those people then please call us now on 0800 028 2060 or complete our Online Claim Assessment and we will gladly talk you through the next steps if you wish to take it further.

Until fairly recently it was referred to as vibration white finger but as more research has been done on the condition, it is now known that there are more symptoms than simply ‘white fingers’ and as such, these days it is often referred to as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

Causes and Prevention of Vibration White Finger

When using such power tools for any long periods of time or in a repetitive nature, the nerve endings and blood vessels slowly become damaged. When the blood doesn’t flow well through the vessels, the fingers become white and when the nerve endings become damaged, there is a loss of sensitivity in the touch. Every time a power tool is used, this damage gets worse and worse.

If you are using power tools at work then it is your employers’ responsibility to ensure that the correct measures are put in place to help prevent VWF and these should include:

As an individual, and hopefully in addition to your employer’s responsibilities, you can take some measures to prevent hand arm vibration syndrome happening to you:

Typical industries or jobs in which white finger vibration syndrome happens:

How do I know if I am suffering from Vibration White Finger?

Symptoms vary from person to person but generally vibration white finger symptoms will fall into one of the following categories:

Cold sensation and discolouration

This is often from exposing your hands to the cold or holding onto something that is cold to the touch. Many claimants have complained of their fingers and hands feeling icy, having turned white (or sometimes red or blue) as skin does when it is starved of oxygen – a concept known in the medical world as Raynauds phenomenon.

Tingling and numbness

The nerve endings have taken a bit if a battering and so they may feel tingly or numb from the tips of the fingers, sometimes all the way up the hand.

Pain and weakness in the fingers, hands and forearms

Often victims of vibration white finger suffer from pain in their fingers, hands or forearms, making them weaker in gripping objects. Damage to the muscles and blood vessels causes a dull ache making this type of movement difficult.

Vibration white finger claims – what should I do next?

Stop using the power tools immediately and seek medical clarification on your symptoms. Stopping using the tools will prevent any further damage and may even see the symptoms subside if enough time is allowed.

General advice would be to steer well clear of any vibrating power tool work as this will almost certainly bring back and probably worsen the matter.

Tell your employer that you are unable to work on tools of this nature and seek legal advice from a specialist personal injury solicitor who can tell you where you stand from a legal position to make a vibration white finger compensation claim.

Treating hand arm vibration syndrome

Often if the symptoms are caught early, vibration white finger can disappear of its own accord but certainly if you are diagnosed and continue to use these tools then you could cause irreversible damage.

Making a Vibration White Finger Compensation Claim

If you believe that your employer is guilty of exposing you to excessive vibration tool use then you should speak to a specialist solicitor about making a VWF claim.

It makes sense to do this sooner rather than later as there are strict deadlines surrounding the time period in which one can claim for compensation. If you have any questions feel free to speak to us now on 0800 028 2060 or take a look at our Claim FAQ’s page.

Vibration white finger claims are just one element of our industrial disease portfolio. If you or anyone you know have suffered from VWF or any other industrial / work related injury then we will happily speak to you to determine if there is a case for compensation or not. Call us or complete one of the short forms on this website and we will call you back at your convenience.

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