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Vibration white finger (VWF), also known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is an industrial injury that affects many people who have operated vibrating power tools for an extended period of time.
Vibration white finger is thought to be caused by prolonged exposure to the vibrations from power tools. If a tool is frequently used for a prolonged period of time these vibrations eventually cause minor injuries to the blood vessels and nerves in fingers. The more a person uses vibrating power tools, the more injuries will occur, eventually causing Vibration White finger.
VWF usually affects those who operate the following machinery:
Your employer has a duty of care to ensure you are supplied with any appropriate safety equipment and to make sure certain safety procedures have been implemented to help prevent VWF from developing.
Your employer should:
If your employer fails to implement the necessary safety procedures and you are injured as a result, you may be able to claim compensation.
Some of the most common symptoms of Vibration White Finger include tingling sensations or numbness of fingertips, discolouration of the skin, cold sensation in the fingers and a myriad of general aches and pains in fingers hands and arms.
These symptoms can affect an individual’s ability to perform small tasks such as tying shoelaces, picking up coins or fastening buttons. In more severe cases when VWF spreads up to the arm, sufferers can experience a loss of strength and lose the ability to grip objects.
If you are suffering from Vibration White Finger (VWF) or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and you believe your employer is at fault, contact the expert vibration white finger compensation claim solicitors today.
Our expert team of industrial illness solicitors can offer you free, initial advice with no obligation to proceed. During your initial consultation we will discuss the extent of your injuries with you and decide whether you have a viable claim for compensation.
These particular claims can be extremely complex as we will need to prove that your employer has failed to ensure your safety, but if we find that you have grounds for a compensation claim, with your permission we will pursue the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries on your behalf, all on a no win, no fee basis.
For a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer or to start your vibration white finger claim, please call freephone 0800 689 0973 or contact us by email today.
We have expert industrial illness solicitors at each of our offices based in Accrington, Blackburn Chorley and Preston ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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