Vibration White Finger
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, which is due to a lack of blood circulating efficiently to these areas. This is because the constant vibration of the tools harms joints, nerves and blood vessels in the fingers and hand, leaving 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. These can include:
- Whitening or blanching of the fingertips
- Numb or tingling fingers and hands
- Cysts in finger and wrist bones
- Lack of dexterity and grip strength
- Loss of sensitivity of touch, and being unable to differentiate textures
As people who use power tools for a living will be particularly susceptible to VWF as they are using them on a daily basis for long periods of time, employers have a duty to inform employees of the risks associated with the work and to provide adequate safety equipment, such as vibration-absorbing gloves.
Other ways to help prevent VWF include:
- Taking regular breaks from using vibrating tools
- Ensuring tools have a regular maintenance schedule and are in good 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 Vibration White Finger, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming Compensation for Vibration White Finger
The first step in successfully claiming compensation for vibration white finger is to get in touch with The Compensation Experts.
Our friendly advisors will ask about the circumstances around your injury to determine whether you have reasonable grounds for a claim. If you do, they will then match you with a suitable personal injury lawyer who has the experience and knowledge to get the best possible result for you.
As the claimant, it is your responsibility to prove not only that you have been injured, but that your employer 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.
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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.
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Vibration white finger (VWF) is an industrial injury usually triggered by the regular use of vibrating hand-held machinery, such as chainsaws, sanders or large drills. Because of this, the condition often develops in those who work in the construction industry and other manual labour roles.
VWF can be prevented by using adequate safety equipment while operating vibrating hand-held machinery. For example, it is advisable to vibration-absorbing gloves.
In addition, you can also help to prevent VWF from developing by taking regular breaks from using vibrating tools, making sure the tools are regularly maintained to ensure they are in good order, and undertaking training to make sure you are using the tools in the correct way too.
Before starting the claim process, it is advisable to first make sure you have the grounds for a potentially successful compensation claim. It would be a good idea then to get in touch with someone who can help you with this, such as The Compensation Experts.
Our friendly advisors will ask about your injury to determine whether you have reasonable grounds for a claim. If you do, they will put you in touch with a specialist solicitor who has the experience and knowledge to get the best possible result for you.