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Vibration White Finger - Guiding you through a claim for compensation

7th September 2015

What Is Vibration White Finger?

Vibration White Finger or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is a condition that affects many workers who have used vibrating tools and equipment in their job.  The use of hand held power tools for hours each day can cause damage to the blood vessels and nerves in the fingers, which will result in poor circulation.

What type of work is usually associated with this condition?

Vibration White Finger is usually common in workers who have used vibration tools and equipment such as chain saws, power drills and pneumatic picks and shovels, like in the road maintenance or utilities industry. However I have had many successful claims for people who have used smaller bench type tools, like sander and grinders. Basically, the use of these tools for any length of time can lead to this condition.

How will I know if I have Vibration White Finger?

Vibration White Finger is uncomfortable for people to suffer from.  Their fingers become white and painful, particularly in the cold, and they can have difficulty tying their shoelaces, and with fine manipulation, manual dexterity is a real issue. With people who have severe issues, the fingers can become completely numb.

Can I claim?

If you have worked in an environment where you have had to use vibrating tools and equipment on a regular basis, and you haven’t been given correct training or adequate safety equipment and regular breaks, then you may be able to make a claim.

This condition can have quite an impact on a worker’s life and compensation will aim to pay for that condition, and any losses and expenses associated with it. Some people may have symptoms so severe they are unable to continue with this type of work. 

A claim can also include future loss of earnings and disadvantage on the open labour market if you have to look for alternative work.

Are there time limits for a claim?

As with any illness claim, you have 3 years from when the symptoms became significant and you made the association to work. You should speak to a specialist solicitor as soon as you possibly can, and we will give you advice on the evidence we would need to help you bring a successful claim.

Will it cost me anything to make a claim?

Here at Your Legal Friend we can help you with a claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.  In any event, the first initial consultation is free and we will always explain to you from the outset the terms of funding so that there are no surprises.