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Vibration White Finger Claims

Our specialist Vibration White Finger solicitors can help you claim compensation for loss of earnings and other costs attributed to Vibration White Finger (VWF).

Vibration White Finger (VWF), also referred to as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome or HAVS, is an industrial injury most commonly contracted by those that work with vibrating power tools and machinery.

Vibration White Finger is usually contracted after working with tools like chainsaws, hammers, grinders, and power wrenches for a number of years.

The constant vibrating of the machinery is thought to lead to nerve and blood vessel damage in the fingers.

Tools that vibrate can cause severe harm to those who use them over a long period of time and the damaging results can mean sufferers need long-term care and treatment.

Vibration White Finger Symptoms

Vibration white finger is triggered by the continuous use of vibrating machinery and it is one of the most common industrial injuries.

Typical symptoms of Vibration White Finger include numbness and tingling in the fingertips, and the name comes from the fact that restricted blood flow leads to a whitening of the fingertips.

In most cases, it is only the tips of the fingers that are affected, but more serious cases can also impact the whole finger and even parts of the hand. Symptoms may be intermittent, but they may become permanent, especially if the sufferer continues to work with vibrating tools.

Not only does the condition cause discomfort, but it can lead to pain in the fingers while movement in the area can also be heavily restricted.

Once symptoms occur, it is important that you seek treatment and stop working with the tools that have led to the condition.

The common symptoms of Vibration White Finger are:

  • Affected joints and nerves of the hands and wrists
  • Tingling sensation in the fingers
  • Numbing sensation in the fingers
  • The colour in patients’ fingers can go from a white to a vivid red
  • Loss of dexterity

This loss of dexterity can be extremely worrying and frustrating for a patient and in severe cases, it can be long-term damage. The ability to grip and hold small objects may be affected by the numbness and tingling through an episode.

Who usually suffers with VWF?

Anyone who constantly uses vibrating tools at work has a risk of developing Vibration White Finger, those who are most at risk work in mining, the steel industry and construction.

The types of tools and machinery that can cause Vibration White Finger include:

  • Pneumatic Drills
  • Chain Saws
  • Sanders
  • Angle Grinders
  • Polishers
  • Chipping Hammers
  • Hedge Trimmers
  • Concrete breakers
  • Hammer Drills

Can Vibration White Finger be avoided?

To put it simply, yes. If machinery is approved by the industrial safety regulations then vibration white finger will be avoided.

Your employer has a duty to ensure that preventative and protective measures have been taken to prevent the onset of this potentially painful disease. But unfortunately, there are many employers who do not provide the necessary safety protections.

How much could your VWF claim be worth?

The amount of compensation that you receive will be determined by the extent of your injuries, how long the symptoms are expected to last, and the amount that your injuries cost you in medical bills and healthcare.

The compensation that you receive will cover a loss of earnings, replace any money that you have to spend on medical care and rehabilitation, and ensure that you receive damages for the injury that you suffer.

Typical figures can vary between £2,000 and £25,000 but a more accurate figure can be provided by our expert solicitors after they have assessed your case.

Mild Symptoms

£2,000–£6,000

Very Serious Symptoms

£10,000–£25,000

Why choose Mellor Hargreaves to handle your VWF claim?

We specialise in industrial injuries and accidents at work, and our specialist team can help build a successful claim and ensure that you receive relevant advice throughout the process. You will be treated with professionalism, and your case details will be kept confidential, ensuring you receive the best possible service.

  • No Win No Fee
  • Over 20 years of experience
  • Hassle free
  • Multilingual

Claiming compensation for Vibration White Finger

If you have been diagnosed with Vibration White Finger and believe it to be caused by an employer’s negligence you could be entitled to claim compensation against your employer. If you would like to speak to one of our specialised industrial disease solicitors, contact us on 0800 811 844 for the information and support you need to begin your claim.