Vibration white finger claims
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What is vibration white finger?
Vibration white finger (VWF) is a secondary form of a condition called Raynaud’s syndrome. It’s 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 efficient blood circulation in the affected areas.
What are the most common vibration white finger symptoms?
Vibration white finger often occurs due to the constant exposure to vibrations produced by power tools. This constant vibration can harm joints, nerves, and blood vessels in the fingers and hand, and victims can develop various side effects, including:
- Poor circulation in their hands
- Cold fingers
- A prickling or tingling sensation in the hands and fingers
- Pain in hands and forearms
It can take months, or even years, for symptoms to appear, but medical attention should be sought the moment they appear. White finger claims can be made as a result of any of the following symptoms:
- 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 affecting those working in the construction industry, and is especially likely to manifest if you aren’t provided with adequate protection.
Some of the tools that can give off powerful enough vibrations to cause VWF include:
- Powerful hand-held power tools
However, any power tool has the potential to cause VWF if used extensively for a long enough period of time, meaning white finger claims are not restricted to those working large construction machinery.
What’s the difference between Raynaud’s and vibration white finger?
Unlike VWF, Raynaud’s Syndrome is a common condition that doesn’t usually cause any problems to the affected individual. However, people often confuse it with vibration white finger due to similar preliminary symptoms.
The main difference between Raynaud’s and vibration white finger lies in the fact that VWF is actually a secondary form of Raynaud’s syndrome. There are a few things that can cause confusion between the two conditions including symptoms of:
- Pins and needles
- Difficulty moving the affected area
The symptoms of Raynaud’s and VWF are also extensively aggravated by the cold, often leading to further confusion. But while all these symptoms are signs of VWF, a lack of any of the serious symptoms associated with white finger claims may be an indication that it’s Raynaud’s Phenomenon.
If you’re unsure which illness you’re suffering from, it’s best to seek a diagnosis from your GP as soon as possible.
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 their work to avoid accidents in the workplace. They’re also obliged to provide adequate safety equipment, such as vibration-absorbing gloves, to minimise the risk of employees developing vibration white fingers.
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 before use
- 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 and limit mobility for hours at a time. As detailed before, it is preventable, but if you have developed difficulty due to the condition, you may be entitled to claim vibration white finger compensation.
Claiming vibration white finger compensation
The first step towards making a vibration white finger compensation claim is to get an official diagnosis from your GP.
Once they have confirmed you’re suffering from VWF, you’ll need to take note of the companies you’ve previously worked for where you could have developed this industrial disease. This should also include details of how long you worked for them, what power tools you used, and how long you used them each day.
While you’re gathering these notes, it’s always a good idea to get in touch with a solicitor, like the ones we work with here at The Compensation Experts. Our friendly agents will ask about the circumstances surrounding your injury to determine whether you have reasonable grounds to take advantage of the vibration white finger compensation scheme.
How does the vibration white finger compensation scheme work?
As the claimant, it is your responsibility to not only prove that you have been injured in the workplace, but also that somebody else was responsible for your injury; either through negligence or error.
Once the nature and extent of your injury have been determined, and the cause clearly identified, your chosen 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. This negotiation is what will decide the vibration white finger compensation amount you could potentially claim.
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 to see how our team can help.
We’ll assess your claim and put you in touch with competent solicitors who can walk you through the claims process.
They’ll also give you an indication of the vibration white finger compensation amounts you could potentially claim for and also offer no win no fee services.
Typically, customers pay 25% including VAT of the compensation amount that is recovered by our third-party law firms, although this is subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be more or less than this. For example, you may be required to pay an additional fee for other costs such as after-the-event (ATE) insurance. Termination fees may apply.
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