Could your pain be down to Raynaud’s Disease?
February 2018 is Raynaud’s Awareness Month. Despite the problem affecting up to 10 million people in the UK, many people have never heard of it before. Many of us, however, will suffer from it and we will most certainly know someone who has.
Raynaud’s disease is characterised by pain and numbness in the extremities, most often in the hands and fingers. The pain can be accompanied by pins and needles and difficulty moving, and the affected parts can change colour, often going white, blue or red. The symptoms, whilst not life-threatening, can have a severe impact on the sufferer’s life and, in rare circumstances, the problem has caused gangrene. Cold weather exacerbates the symptoms.
Whilst for some people, Raynaud’s is an inherited disease, for many, their workplace can be to blame. Anyone working with vibratory tools such as construction workers and plant and machine workers can be affected, as can people who repetitively use their hands such as musicians or typists. Agriculture and fishery workers can also be affected, especially if they have developed frostbite. For some, the problems are so severe that they have to find a completely new career or stop working altogether.
If you suffer Raynaud’s Syndrome as a direct result of your work, it is likely that it developed after the onset of Vibration White Finger (VWF) or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
For people who believe that they have the warning signs of hand arm vibration syndrome but are unclear of what steps they should follow next, read our HAVS and VWF claims guide for a clearer understanding of the industrial disease, its symptoms and workplace causes.
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.