Vibration White Finger

Vibration White Finger Compensation Claims

Do not suffer in silence – gain compensation for your Vibration White Finger injuries.

Vibration White Finger (VWF) or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) as it is now commonly known refers to an industrial disease affecting tens of thousands of UK workers. Vibration White Finger is a serious industrial injury which cannot be cured leading to severe incapacity and in many cases an inability to work again. If you have Vibration White Finger or suspect you have Vibration White Finger you should not suffer without claiming the compensation that you are legally due for your injury.

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Speak to our legal advisors now and benefit from free no pressure advice before going on to decide yourself whether you want to make a claim.

If negligence can be shown on the part of your employer, substantial compensation could be awarded. And with a No Win No Fee agreement it will not cost you one penny to make your claim.

What Is Vibration White Finger?

Vibration White Finger is a disorder of the blood supply to the fingers and hands which can be caused by regular use of vibrating hand-held tools. Hand arm vibration is vibration transmitted from work processes into workers’ hands and arms. It can be caused by operating hand-held machines such as road breakers and hand-guided machines such as powered lawnmowers, or by holding materials being processed by machines, such as pedestal grinders; as well as a range of other vibrating machines in an industrial context.

Who Is Affected By Vibration White Finger?

Any worker in any industry using vibrating machines or vibrating tools or handling vibrating materials and machines can be affected by Vibration White Finger.

The following industries are some of the most susceptible to Vibration White Finger injuries among their workforce:

  • Builders
  • Railways Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Forestry and Parks Management Workers
  • Gardeners
  • Foundry Workers
  • Heavy Engineering workers
  • Manufacturing Workers
  • Mine and Quarry Workers
  • Car Manufacturers and Mechanics
  • Public Utilities Workers
  • Gas Pipeline Workers
  • Road Workers
  • Shipbuilders

How Prevalent Is Vibration White Finger?

Vibration White Finger is serious and disabling and nearly two million people are at risk.

A Medical Research Panel survey in 1997-98 gave a prevalence estimate of 288,000 UK sufferers from Vibration White Finger made up of 255,000 male sufferers and 33,000 female VWF sufferers.

What Tools Cause Vibration White Finger?

There are hundreds of different types of power tools and equipment which can cause Vibration White Finger.

Common tools causing VWF include:

  • Chainsaws
  • Concrete Breakers
  • Road Breakers
  • Cut-off Saws
  • Hammer Drills
  • Grinders
  • Jigsaws
  • Polishers
  • Power Hammers
  • Power Chisels
  • Powered Lawn Mowers
  • Powered Sanders
  • Strimmers

Also a wide range of industrial machinery including mills, lathes, printing machinery, etc.

What Are The Symptoms of Vibration White Finger?

Vibration White Finger is serious and can be very painful. Vibration White Finger can cause damage to hands causing shocks and jolts of pain. Sufferers from Vibration White Finger may have a permanent loss of sensation in their fingers, causing difficulty in picking up and manipulating small objects. Exposure to cold or damp conditions often triggers painful attacks.

Vibration White Finger symptoms include:

  • Tingling and numbness in the fingers
  • Not being able to feel things properly
  • Loss of strength in the hands
  • Fingers going white
  • Fingers becoming red and painful
  • Pain, distress and sleep disturbance
  • Inability to do fine work
  • Reduced grip strength

Because the symptoms can severely limit the jobs an affected person is able to do, as well as limiting many family and social activities the resulting compensation payments in proven cases can be considerable based on factors such as loss of earnings and long-term distress and discomfort.

What Is The Treatment For Vibration White Finger?

If not detected quick and with continued exposure to vibration, Vibration White Finger may become permanent and incurable.

Vibration White Finger is only really preventable by avoiding exposure but once the damage is done it is permanent and cannot be cured. There are a range of treatments to alleviate symptoms, including alternative therapies:

  • Alexander Technique
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture

Vasodilator drugs may also be prescribed to dilate the small blood vessels, relieving constrictions. Surgery is possible to the affected nerves but only recommended in severe cases.

Can I Gain Compensation For Vibration White Finger?

Yes. By law employers must assess and identify measures to eliminate or reduce the risks of Vibration White Finger and similar vibration related illnesses, including things like regular monitoring of staff, risk assessments of processes and training and awareness programmes.

How Do I Gain Personal Injury Compensation?

Speak to a qualified solicitor who will advise you all the way through the Vibration White Finger claims process.

In order to make a successful claim for compensation, ultimately you will need to be able to prove your employer knew, or ought to have known, that you were exposed to a risk of Vibration White Finger, through the work you were doing. Also, proof your employer failed to take reasonable steps to prevent or reduce your Vibration White Finger will have to be established. For this reason gathering of evidence relevant to your case will be important.

Again, a personal injury solicitor with experience in Vibration White Finger injury claims and industrial compensation cases in general will be the best person to help you get your claim started and will also be on hand to handle all the necessary paperwork and any questions you might have while your claim is underway.