Compensation for your vibration white finger syndrome
Vibration white finger can be uncomfortable, life-changing and frustrating. It can cause numbness, pain and throbbing, affecting your ability to use your hands for even the simplest tasks.
Although your symptoms may not be constant, vibration white finger can stop you being able to grip properly, meaning you’re unable to pick up small objects such as pens due to loss of strength or numbness in your hands and fingers.
In some cases, your vibration white finger may have caused you to take time off work, or reduce your hours. It can also leave you unable to take part in outdoor sports or activities, as symptoms are often worse in cold or wet weather.
Any compensation you receive for your injury could help to cover any impacts and expenses caused by your vibration white finger.
For example, your solicitor will take into consideration any lost earnings from time off work or reduced hours, private medical treatment, loss of hobbies as well as your pain and suffering and any other impacts on you and your family.
For confidential advice, or to find out whether you could make a vibration white finger claim, get in touch with our legally trained advisors on 0800 540 4258 . Alternatively, fill in our simple online form to request a call back.
Vibration white finger and hand-arm vibration syndrome
Vibration white finger (VWF) is also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). It’s caused by regular and lengthy use of vibrating tools which, after time, affects the blood vessels, nerves and muscles in the wrists and hands.
The symptoms can vary from person to person, but they’re often triggered by the cold, with ‘flare ups’ lasting for up to an hour. In some severe cases, symptoms can get worse with time and become permanent, having a serious impact on your life.
Causes of vibration white finger
We realise that you may not think anyone else was responsible for your injury, but if you work or have previously worked in an environment where you handled heavy or vibrating machinery, then your employer may be at fault for your accident.
All employers have a duty of care to keep you safe in the workplace, and this includes protecting you from dangerous vibrations by following the correct health and safety regulations. If they’ve failed to do this, then you could make a compensation claim.
So, if you have regularly used vibrating machinery such as chainsaws, pneumatic drills and power drills, then you may be able to make an accident at work claim for the affect your vibration white finger syndrome is having on your live.
Some types of accidents which can cause vibration white finger might include:
Don’t worry if you think your VWF was caused by a different type of work or career. It’s thought that any vibrations cause small but repetitive injuries to the nerves and blood vessels in the fingers which, over time, causes the uncomfortable symptoms of VWF.
So, if you’re suffering with VWF it’s worth contacting us to find out if we can help. You can call us on 0800 540 4258 for free now.
Your employer's duty of care to you
If you’ve suffered from vibration white finger, we realise it’s easy to think it’s your own fault or that it’s just a side-effect of using machinery. But nobody should be allowed to suffer from VWF because of their job.
Your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe while you’re at work. By law they should follow the rules set out in the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations, 2005 which was created under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
This includes making sure you have regular breaks and limiting the amount of time you use vibrating machinery each day.
They should also provide you with protective equipment such as anti-vibration gloves, and give you training so that you’re aware of the risks and know how to avoid them.
If your employer hasn’t followed these rules and you’ve been injured, then they’re responsible for your injury and you could make a compensation claim.
Find out whether you can claim
We generally advise that if you first had knowledge of your vibration white finger syndrome within the last three years and it was caused by somebody else’s negligence, then it’s likely we can help you make a claim.
We know that it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether somebody else was at fault for your injury, and that you might simply be looking for acknowledgement of your injury and an apology from those responsible. We can help.
With one call to us for free on 0800 540 4258 you can find out if you can claim, and start taking steps to get the compensation you need following an accident at work.
All our advisors go through an intensive training process so they can let you know whether they think you have a claim. But they will never pressure you into starting one with us and never rush you during your call. We’re simply here to listen and to help.
If you do decide you’d like to go ahead, we can choose the right specialist solicitor for your case and put you in touch with them, usually on the same call.
If you don’t feel ready to call us yet, you can also use our compensation calculator, which will help you understand how much your claim might be worth.