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If you have been diagnosed with vibration white finger and this is due to your current or previous work, you may be entitled to claim vibration white finger compensation.
Vibration White Finger is also known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome or HAVS, but was given its former name when it surfaced that the condition involved more than white fingers. It usually affected people that have worked with hand-held power tools like hammers, chainsaws and pneumatic drills for a long period of time.
The vibrations resulting from the tools can cause damage to the blood vessels and nerves and the fingers, and the longer people work with them, the worse the situation can become, leading to long-term HAVS or Vibration White Finger.
At Blackwater Law, we have dealt with a wide array of vibration white finger claims. There are steps that can be taken to prevent the condition such as giving up smoking to stop blood flow speeds being compromised, but many cases have surfaced due to employers failing to adhere to their duty of care. Steps that employers can take include providing you with anti-vibration gloves, allowing you to take breaks when necessary and maintaining, repairing and replacing the tools when necessary.
The temperature of the working environment can make the situation worse, so this should be controlled appropriately. You should expect to receive the correct standard of training and the tools in question should be a good match for the job that you are doing. You may find that activities such as dressing become more difficult when you are suffering from the condition, with the symptoms being linked to Raynaud’s Disease.
If you feel that your employer has been negligent, you may be entitled to vibration white finger compensation. Symptoms of the condition include aches and pains in the muscles, hands, fingers and arms, discolouring of the skin, cold sensations and tinging in the fingers and fingertips.
We can work closely alongside you to curate as much evidence as we need to put a vibration white finger claim together and will always keep you in the loop about how things are progressing. As we have an excellent track record when it comes to VWF claims, you can count on us to fight tirelessly on your behalf if we feel that you do have a case.
Any compensation awarded to you can be used to pay for any medical treatment that you may require as a result of the condition, any costs incurred due to taking time off work and may help to offset any emotional pain and suffering resulting from the condition as well as the physical discomfort. Even if the condition can be linked to work you underwent a long time ago, you may still be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with Blackwater Law today to discuss Vibration White Finger compensation claims.