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Vibration White Finger and Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome Claims
If you have suffered from vibration white finger (VWF) or hand-arm vibration (HAVS) due to your work, the team at JMW is here to help you make a claim for compensation. Our legal experts have the experience and knowledge necessary to build a watertight case and will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Speak to a member of the team today about starting your vibration white finger claim or hand-arm vibration claim by getting in touch today. Call us on 0800 054 6570 or allow us to call you back at a convenient time by completing our online enquiry form.
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- About VWF or HAVS Claims
- Vibration White Finger Explained
- Making a VWF Claim
- Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome Explained
- Symptoms of HAVS
- Why Choose JMW?
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Suffering from VWF or HAVS can have a marked impact on your everyday life and may mean you are no longer able to carry out your work as you did before. Symptoms for both VWF and HAVS can include:
- Tingling and numbness.
- Pins and needles continuing after machinery is switched off.
- Fingertips temporarily turning white and starting to ache.
- Painful attacks of pins and needles developing, particularly on exposure to cold.
These symptoms are associated with occupations requiring repeated and frequent use of handheld vibrating tools, such as:
- Power drills
- Chain saws
- Pneumatic drills
- Steel saws
- Compressed air drills
- Vibrating plates
Since 1975, and following the publication and distribution of the DD43 Guide to the Evaluation of the Human Hand/Arm System - a publication aiming to provide employers with a firm understanding of HAVS - employers have been expected to understand that workers who are exposed to vibration from power tools and machinery on a regular basis are at risk of suffering HAVS.
Employers should therefore take adequate precautions to protect their workers, including providing:
- Anti-vibration gloves
- Rest breaks
- Appropriate instructions on using tools correctly
- Anti-vibration measures to minimise vibration sustained
HAVS symptoms can be both vascular and sensorineural, and the amount of compensation you will receive depends on the severity of symptoms.
VWF is often associated with jobs where there is regular use of pneumatic drills, wacker plates, power drills and chainsaws. Sufferers experience aches and numbness, as well as tingling sensations in their hands and blanching. The condition is typically seen among polishers and road workers.
An employer has a duty to ensure that employees using equipment that could potentially cause harm or damage are given appropriate training. You should be given regular breaks and encouraged to operate the equipment safely, with appropriate protective equipment. The employer also needs to ensure that vibrating power equipment is properly maintained.
If you believe your employer has not acted properly and their action or lack of action has caused you to develop vibration white finger, you may be entitled to make a claim.
Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome is a condition caused by the regular use of hand-held or hand-guided power tools and machines such as:
- Hammer drills
- Sanders, disc cutters, grinders
- Concrete breakers
- Hammer action tools
- Rotary devices
There are a number of signs that indicate someone is suffering with Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome, including:
- Numbness and tingling in the fingers
- Loss of strength in the hands
- Difficulty picking up small objects
- Aches and pains in the hand and arm
- Vibration white finger
At JMW, we have handled many VWF and HAVS claims, ensuring our clients get the compensation they deserve. We work on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you are not at financial risk when you choose to make a claim with us. Our goal is to ensure that you get the maximum compensation for your injury; the compensation that you rightly deserve.
Our team of expert solicitors will demonstrate that it was negligence on the part of your employer that directly led to your VWF or HAVS. We will ensure you are aware of, and comfortable with, the legal process of claiming compensation in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner, and update you with details of all the work we do to further your case.