Hand and Arm Vibration Syndrome Compensation Claims
Do you use vibrating tools or machinery in the workplace? Did you receive a diagnosis for an industrial injury known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) in the last three years? If so, you can claim compensation for pain, expenses, losses, and quality of life reductions as a result.
People have developed HAVS as a result of prolonged exposure to intense vibration tools over a long period of time. For instance, the following vibrating power tools present a significant amount of HAVS risk.
- Surface power tools, such as concrete breakers, sanders, grinders, and disc cutters.
- Additionally, saws and drills such as chainsaws, or hammer/pneumatic drills.
- Needle guns.
- Any grass maintenance tools, such as power mowers, strimmers or hedge trimmers.
- Also, any other rotary equipment and tools at work you use for more than 1 hour per day.
Vibration White Finger
Vibration white finger (VWF) is another term for the condition. That’s because fingers tend to turn white due to lack of oxygen. In essence, hand/arm vibration syndrome can be a debilitating and distressing condition. To be sure, the typical symptoms of HAVS that may facilitate personal injury claims are many.
- The colour of your fingers and hands start whitening.
- Continuous tingling sensations in your hands.
- A continuous sensation of numbness or coldness.
- General weakness in affected areas.
- Extreme sensitivity to cold, manifest in a worsening of symptoms.
- A loss of manual dexterity.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
In general, HAVS may not be the most debilitating industrial disease people claim for. However, it can still affect how people can use their hands and arms, limiting mobility for hours at a time. It is also a condition that affects your ability to work, particularly in body areas like joints, blood vessels and
And yet, despite all of this, HAVS still remains very preventable. So if you suffer from Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome, consider making a claim compensation.
What is a HAVS Claim?
In short, the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 stipulates employers have a responsibility to protect their employees. Additionally, the law places a duty on employers to minimise the risks common to hand-operated vibration machinery including power tools. Therefore, your employer should take steps to reduce the risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome.
- Giving employees the right tools suitable for the jobs/tasks you perform.
- Enabling regular breaks from using vibrating machinery and tools.
- Offering protective anti-vibration gloves.
- Delivering training on the correct use of vibration tools and machinery.
Moreover, the HSE recommends that you take steps to improve blood circulation. Surely, among those suggestions for hand health and safety at work, you’ll find these examples.
- Keeping warm and dry (when necessary, wear gloves, a hat, waterproofs and use heating pads if available).
- Giving up or cutting down on smoking because smoking reduces blood flow.
- Massaging and exercising your fingers during work breaks.
An employer who breaches the Regulations may be liable in a Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome compensation claim.
Claiming Compensation for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome
Did you receive a HAVS diagnosis within the last 3 years? The first step in a successful claim for hand-arm vibration compensation is to get in touch with The Compensation Experts. Our friendly advisors will find out more about the circumstances around your injury.
Tap into our expert legal advice to determine whether you have reasonable grounds for a claim. If so, they will then match you with a suitable personal injury solicitor. They’ll have experience – together with the knowledge – to get the best possible result for you.
Your responsibilities to the claim
As the claimant, it is your responsibility to prove not only have you been injured, but that your employer was responsible for your injury either through negligence or error. One of our panel of solicitors will be able to do the majority of this for you, though they might ask you to see an independent medical expert for an assessment.
Once they determine the cause, nature and extent of your injury, our solicitors will submit a compensation request to the responsible party. In the ideal scenario, they will immediately accept responsibility and agree to a payment that’s fair.
However, more likely is that some negotiation will take place before reaching a compensation settlement. In essence, a successful Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome compensation claim does more than one thing.
- Firstly, the responsible party acknowledges their part in causing your vibration injury and suffering.
- Also, having a reasonable amount of money that allows you to move on from your injury.
Get in touch with The Compensation Experts today and let us help.
How Much Can I Claim for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome?
The amount of compensation you can claim will vary, depending on the extent of your condition and your personal circumstances. Your compensation may cover the suffering caused by the injury itself, as well as any loss of earnings and the cost of any specialist medical treatments.
What is important is that The Compensation Experts help thousands of people receive the compensation they deserve. We also work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, so in general, in the event that your claim is unsuccessful, you’ll have nothing to pay.
Discuss your claim in complete confidence today. You’ll get a more clear idea of the compensation your unique case deserves – and we’ll even call you back.
Some other personal injury claims we can help you with
There’s several other Industrial Disease Claims we can help you with on legal advice and legal representation, in addition to Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome.
For most of these diseases, your employer must reduce the risk of you developing these conditions at work. However, reach out to us if they
- Fail to take appropriate action, and;
- You had the diagnosis within the last 3 years.
Get in touch to make a claim if your asbestos-related disease diagnosis was within the last 3 years. Or, in the case of somebody who has passed away from an asbestos-related disease, a fresh three year period will commence on the date of their death.
For those with HAVS, carpal tunnel syndrome is another debilitating and painful hand condition presenting a highly detrimental effect on your everyday life. To that end, the pain and restriction of movement due to compression of the median nerve in the wrist develops weakness, numbness and tingling.
Chemical exposure can cause the skin to become itchy and inflamed. Called industrial dermatitis or occupational dermatitis, it may result from damage caused by contact with hazardous chemicals (Irritant Contact Dermatitis), or by a sensitive reaction (Allergy Contact Dermatitis). Susceptible workers include cleaners, hairdressers, hospital workers, and anyone who regularly comes into contact with chemicals like chlorine or pesticides.
Symptoms of industrial dermatitis can include itching, swelling, blisters, flaky or dry skin. Additionally, there can exist a stinging or burning sensation on the skin from the chemical.
Asthma is more than just a condition that develops in childhood. At The Compensation Experts, we help adults who have developed the injury in later life due to exposure to air contaminated by dust, dangerous fumes or gas.
Asthma UK estimates up to 15% of the new diagnosis of asthma in adults is occupational asthma. Susceptible employees include wood dust workers (bakers and cabinet makers), animal and agriculture workers, hairdressers, and people who work with metals or solder flux.
In particular, the law firms of The Compensation Experts can also help clients who are suffering from occupational stress. Stress and anxiety are, unfortunately, a part of the lives of many people. When a psychiatric injury is the result of excessive stress at work, a client may deserve compensation.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is an injury that occurs carrying out the same activity or motion repeatedly over a prolonged period. Office workers frequently using keyboards and computers are susceptible to RSI. It typically affects the upper body and can lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis, (i.e. swelling and inflammation of the tendons and muscles) are examples of RSI.
Work-related hearing loss is most common amongst clients who work in an industrial setting, as well as call centres and agriculture. Employers should ensure staff who work in a noisy environment have access to adequate ear protection. To wit, their responsibility is clearly outlined in The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, so there is no reason for employers not to follow defined Health and Safety procedures.
Need some help with hand-arm vibration syndrome compensation?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us for hand-arm vibration syndrome compensation claims?
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