If you have developed vibration white finger as a result of your work or working environment, you may be able to claim compensation for the condition. Roberts Jackson Solicitors specialises in running vibration white finger claims for people who have suffered due to insufficient protection at work. Committed to achieving compensation and justice for injured workers, we will make sure that you are fully recompensed for any medical or financial issues caused.
Read below for further information on the signs and causes of vibration white finger and for advice on how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
What is Vibration White Finger
Vibration white finger (VWF) also known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and White Finger Syndrome is an industrial injury caused by the continuous use of vibratory tools such as pneumatic drills and grinders. It is a condition found commonly in industries with heavy tool use such as mining and engineering however it can still be found in other job types such as highway maintenance.
The term HAVS is often used by health professionals to explain the condition due to it being broader in its description of the condition. HAVs can affect many different aspects of the body such as nerves, joints and muscles and in nearly all cases one of the main indications is white fingers. It is a condition that affects thousands of workers every year however due to the awareness of the condition increasing over recent years this amount has fallen.
What Has Caused my Vibration White Finger
Vibration white finger can arise in one or both hands or arms due to exposure to vibration, often during the course of a person's employment or just after the employee has ceased their employment.
There are a number of VWF causes due to the usage of vibratory machinery or tools such as:
- Pneumatic Drills
- Chain Saws
- Angle Grinders
Using such equipment can restrict blood flow, causing fingers and hands to suffer from attacks of red and white discolouration causing white finger syndrome. Pain and discomfort are also present during flare-ups, which usually last from between two to 30 minutes depending on the extent of the damage to the hands.
It is important that when using vibratory equipment that the employee is always provided with the proper protection. Most commonly this is in the form of protective gloves, also monitoring the amount of time the employee is spending using the equipment can prevent damage to the hands and fingers.
Symptoms of Vibration White Finger
Vibration white finger symptoms can vary depending on the extent of the damage caused. Below are some of the common warning signs:
- Loss of strength and dexterity
- Blanching or whiteness and redness of the fingers
- Tingling, numbness and pain in the hands and fingers
- Throbbing and swelling of the fingers
Sufferers of Vibration white finger will typically struggle to pick up small objects or in extreme cases struggle to continue their work. It has also been found that symptoms worsen in cold weather due to blood flow being restricted.
This list only covers some of the most common symptoms of vibration white finger, if your job role includes the use of vibratory equipment and you are suffering a different symptom than the above then we recommend you visit your GP who will be able to make a relation between your work and your symptoms.
How do I claim for Vibration White Finger?
Our solicitors have years of experience running vibration white finger claims and will therefore be able to handle your case with a great deal of skill and expertise. From gathering evidence and working with specialists to negotiating a maximum level of compensation on your behalf, you can rely on us to ensure that you have access to the very best financial and medical support you require.
We work hard to identify who is responsible for your condition and even in the circumstances that the company is no longer trading we can still locate their insurance provider and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Contact us & Further Information
If you would like to find out more about our claims process or how much compensation we can help you get for Vibration White Finger, contact us on 0808 115 3248 for a free initial consultation where we will explain the options available to you
Vibration White Finger Compensation Amounts
£2,000 to £6,000
£6,000 to £12,000
Up to £22,000
Very Serious Symptoms
Up to £27,000
*All figures are based on the maximum JC guidelines*