Vibration White Finger Compensation Claims
Vibration White Finger (VWF) or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) as it is now known, is a common problem in many industries. It is caused by regular exposure to excessive vibration whilst operating hand held pneumatic tools and is a well recognised industrial injury. It is also a prescribed disease (A11) for the purpose of assessing Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
Thousands of workers in the UK suffer from HAVS because they have used hand held power tools and machinery for years without proper safeguards.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is a vascular condition that causes permanent lack of feeling in fingers, muscle weakness and periods where the fingers turn white. It used to be called Vibration White Finger but was changed to HAVS in recognition that there are other symptoms which can arise from exposure to excessive vibration. It is often confused with Raynaud’s Syndrome which gives rise to similar symptoms but is not linked to occupational exposure.
The early symptoms of HAVS tend to be a loss of feeling or pins and needles in your fingers. These early symptoms will usually be mild and will not be permanent in nature. Often initial symptoms will be most frequent in cold weather. The greater the exposure to excessive vibration the worse the symptoms are likely to become and you can be left with permanent numbness in your fingers that make it difficult to do many simple tasks. Sufferers find it difficult to undertake tasks that require fine movements such as picking up coins, fastening buttons and handling screws and nails.
Many victims also find that their symptoms keep them awake at night. Their fingers can go white and then blue as the small blood vessels narrow and the oxygen in the blood is used up. Fingers then go bright red as good blood flow returns causing tingling throbbing and pain.
If you have regularly worked with hand held pneumatic tools and you have been diagnosed as suffering from HAVS, Vibration White Finger or even Raynaud’s Syndrome, it may be possible to pursue a personal injury compensation claim.
In order to bring a successful claim it will be necessary to establish that you were in fact exposed to unsafe or excessive levels of vibration during your employment and that on the balance of probabilities you have developed HAVS. Expert medical evidence will be required for this purpose. It is also believed that carpal tunnel syndrome can develop as a result of exposure to excessive vibration although some medical experts dispute this.
At Sintons our specialist industrial disease lawyers have significant experience in pursuing HAVS and VWF compensation claims and will be happy to address any queries or concerns you may have.
All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.
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