Vibration White Finger

What is Vibration White Finger?

Vibration White Finger (VWF), which is also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), is an Industrial Disease caused by regular and continued use of vibrating tools such as drills, grinders, chainsaws, hedge trimmers, and mowers for extended periods of time over a number of months or years. Vibration White Finger is classed as a repetitive strain injury (RSI). 

Your employer has a duty of care under The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 to ensure that you do not experience exposure to such excessive vibration whilst under their employment. Employment sectors that this is often an issue in include:

-    Construction

-    Mining

-    Forestry

-    Agriculture

Exposure to excessive vibration of machinery used in your employment can damage the blood vessels, nerves and joints in your body. You may also experience damage to your muscles as a result. Although you will often experience the symptoms of Vibration White Finger in your fingers and hands, they can also affect your arms and on occasions other parts of your body.

Some of the more common symptoms of VWF are:

-    A distinct whitening of your fingers and hands

-    Tingling sensations in those areas affected

-    Numbness

-    A noticed weakness in the affected areas

-    Increased sensitivity to cold 

-    Loss of dexterity in your fingers and hands, meaning it is sometimes hard to undertake everyday tasks such as holding a cup of tea or brushing your teeth.

In our experience, we have found that working in the industries listed above many years ago could have resulted in the Vibration White Finger that you suffer from today. 

What compensation can I claim for Vibration White Finger?

Due to their individual nature, claims for Industrial Diseases vary in severity, and this is also the case with a claim for Vibration White Finger. With our extensive experience in managing such claims, we can say that the more severe the injury or illness, the more compensation tends to be awarded, but that each case and claim is different in many ways and individual to the person bringing it.

Your dedicated T G Baynes solicitor will be able to advise you further as your claim progresses.

How do I make a compensation claim for Vibration White Finger?

Industrial Disease claims can sometimes be more complicated than other personal injury claims, mainly because of the time that has lapsed between when you were employed and when the symptoms of your Industrial Disease became apparent. Expert advice and evidence are often needed to prove a link between your Vibration White Finger and your employment.

T G Baynes’ team of expert solicitors will guide you through the process of making a claim for Vibration White Finger and will advise what we can do on your behalf to claim the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to. We listen to your needs and concerns, advising you of the most appropriate process to follow to ensure the right result for you, whilst ensuring you are given all the facts you need to make informed decisions about your claim. 

T G Baynes can offer No Win No Fee Agreements (CFAs) on qualifying cases.  If you would like to speak to us about making a  Compensation Claim, please call us on 020 8301 7777 or email info@tgbaynes.com