Are you suffering from vibration white finger or hand arm vibration syndrome and think it may be the result of a workplace injury? Let us help you. We can offer free expert legal advice to see if you can make a personal injury claim and if so, we can work with you to recover the damages you deserve. Do not suffer in silence if it was not your fault. VWF is a common injury and you could be owed thousands.
Vibration white finger (VWF), or hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) as it is also known, is a workplace injury caused as a result of working with vibrating hand tools or machinery. It is a form of Raynaud’s syndrome and common symptoms include numbness or tingling sensations in the fingers, loss of feeling, discolouration of your fingertips (particularly when exposed to cold weather), pain and difficulty moving your fingers or hands.
Vibration white finger is preventable in the workplace and the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations Act of 2005 outlined better protection for workers who use these types of tools. Unfortunately, VWF is a disease that affects thousands of workers and once the damage has been done, it is irreversible. If you have worked with powered machinery such as concrete breakers, sanders, hammer drills, chainsaws or powered mowers, you could be at risk. Your employer should regulate and monitor your exposure to the vibrations by keeping track of time spent working with them.
If you are experiencing early signs of VWF, and you do not think your employers are taking the necessary precautions, you could be entitled to make an accident at work claim.
As Raynaud’s disease can be caused by various factors, you may have assumed no one was at fault. However, VWF is routed as a workplace injury and – if you have had exposure to power tools without the necessary precautions – you deserve to make an accident at work claim. VWF is limiting for the victim and it can seriously affect their lifestyle and work capabilities after being diagnosed.
If you have used power tools at work and have been diagnosed with the syndrome in the last three years, we will be able to tell you whether you have a case.
Here at Jones & Co our personal injury team have a wealth of experience successfully uniting people with the compensation they deserve. We will always use our expertise and knowledge to provide you with clear and honest advice, starting with a free initial consultation to see if we think you have a case. If we think you have a claim we may also be able to work on a no win, no fee basis so you do not pay anything unless you win your case.