Vibration White Finger Claims
We specialise in helping victims of vibration white finger claim the compensation they deserve. If you have been diagnosed within the last three years, complete our contact form and one of our experts will get back to you at the time you request.
What is Vibration White Finger?
Vibration white finger (VWF) is a secondary form of a condition called Raynaud’s syndrome. This is an industrial injury usually triggered by the continuous use of vibrating hand-held machinery, such as chainsaws, sanders or large drills.
The illness, also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) or dead finger, gets its name from the pale appearance of fingers and hands, due to a lack of blood circulating efficiently to these areas.
What are the Symptoms of Vibration White Finger?
White finger often occurs because the constant vibration of the tools harms joints, nerves and blood vessels in the fingers and hand. Victims can develop various side effects, including poor circulation and cold fingers, a prickling or tingling sensation, and pain in hands and forearms. It can take months, or even years, for symptoms to appear. White finger claims can be made as a result of:
- Pins and needles
- Difficulty moving the affected area
- Whitening or blanching of the fingertips
- Cysts in finger and wrist bones
- Lack of dexterity or grip strength
- Loss of sensitivity of touch
What Are the Causes of Vibration White Finger Claims?
Vibration White Finger is caused by the use of vibrating tools over a long period of time. This can come as a result of your job, often in a construction setting, especially if you weren’t provided with adequate protection.
Some of the tools that can give off enough vibration to cause VWF include jackhammers, grinders, breakers, jigsaws, and hand-held power tools. However, any power tool has the potential to cause VWF.
How to Avoid White Finger Claims
People who use power tools for a living are particularly susceptible to VWF, so employers have a duty to inform employees of the risks associated with the work. They’re also obliged to provide adequate safety equipment, such as vibration-absorbing gloves.
Other ways to help prevent VWF and reduce the chances of having to make white finger claims include:
- Taking regular breaks from using vibrating tools
- Ensuring tools have a regular maintenance schedule and are in good working order
- Undertaking training to ensure you are using tools in the correct way
VWF may not be the most debilitating industrial disease, but it can still affect how people can use their hands, as it can limit mobility for hours at a time. As detailed before, it is preventable though, so if you have developed difficulty, you may be entitled to claim vibration white finger compensation.
Claiming Vibration White Finger Compensation
The first step in successfully claiming vibration white finger compensation is to get in touch with The Compensation Experts.
Our friendly agents will ask about the circumstances around your injury, to determine whether you have reasonable grounds to take advantage of the vibration white finger compensation scheme. If you do, they will then match you with a suitable no win no fee* (*conditions apply) lawyer who has the experience and knowledge to get the best possible result for you.
How Does the Vibration White Finger Compensation Scheme Work?
As the claimant, it is your responsibility to prove not only that you have been injured, but also that somebody else was responsible for your injury, either through negligence or error. A good solicitor 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 the nature and extent of your injury have been determined, and the cause clearly identified, your solicitor will submit a request for compensation to the responsible party. In the ideal scenario, they will immediately accept responsibility and agree to a fair payment. However, it is more likely that some negotiation will need to take place before reaching a settlement.
A successful compensation claim is as much about having your injury and suffering acknowledged as it is about having the money to move on from your injury.
Get in touch with The Compensation Experts today and let us help you today.
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last three years, due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim vibration white finger compensation.
The main exception to this is if you were a child at the time of the accident. In this case, the vibration white finger claims period is often longer.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, vibration white finger compensation amounts vary. Factors that contribute to the final figure include the extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, and future losses.
Our dedicated team of vibration white finger claims experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially win.Find out more
How does the process work?
When making a claim it’s crucial that you know what to expect from the process. That’s why we make the vibration white finger compensation scheme as transparent & clear as possible.
Keeping you updated every step of the way, your solicitor will gather all the evidence, notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings, and negotiate on your behalf to win the compensation you deserve.Find out more