Vibration white finger – sometimes called hand arm vibration (HAV) syndrome – is an industrial injury which usually develops over time among workers using handheld power tools, such as drills, diggers, sanders, pedestal grinders and cutters.
Vibration white finger is one of several conditions included in hand arm vibration syndrome.
Vibration white finger may be accompanied by other industrial injuries, including repetitive strain injury (RSI) and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
Symptoms may develop and become progressively worse over a period of time – or some workers may develop symptoms as a result of not using power tools correctly, or using them continuously for more than 15 minutes at a time.
Other symptoms of hand arm vibration syndrome include damage to blood vessels in the hands, arms, fingers, shoulders and back/spine – as well as injury to joints, such as cartilage damage.
Symptoms of vibration white finger and HAV syndrome include:
Employers have a duty to protect workers from the risk of vibration white finger by carrying out work assessments and making sure the correct tools are used for each job and workers do not use handheld power tools for long periods without a break.
Employers should also advise workers of the risks of using power tools – as well as arranging for any health checks needed.
Duncan Lewis industrial disease claims solicitors can advise workers who have been diagnosed with vibration white finger or HAV on how to make a no win no fee claim for vibration white finger compensation.
Workers who have been diagnosed with work-related vibration white finger have three years from the date of diagnosis in which to make a no win no fee compensation claim, if an employer has failed to protect a worker from developing HAV or vibration white finger under health and safety legislation.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on claims involving symptoms of vibration white finger which have grown worse or lead to another debilitating condition such as RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome or neck/shoulder injury.
Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors are leading firm of no win no fee lawyers and can advise victims of industrial diseases on how to make vibration white finger compensation claims.
Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors employ medical experts in industrial diseases if it is necessary to prove a link between a claimant’s employment and being diagnosed with HAV and vibration white finger as a result of health and safety breaches at work.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for work-related vibration white finger, Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis of HAV and/or vibration white to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Vibration White Finger Compensation Claims call Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.