Vibration White Finger
Working for an employer who requires you to use vibrating tools, such as drills, coring machines can, when working for long periods of time, cause permanent and irreversible damage to the blood supply to your hands and arms. Your employer has a responsibility to review the risks associated with the type of work you are doing and should do their best to protect you from injury.
But what happens if they don’t? There is a risk that you may suffer from Vibration White Finger (VWF), which is also known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), which is a condition which will affect your life significantly. This can happen following the prolonged use of tools or machinery which vibrates.
If you have been diagnosed with this condition, you will probably be upset and concerned about your future job prospects and you will probably be feeling let down by your employer too. We can help you to understand what your next steps can be once you understand your legal position and whether you are able to make a claim for compensation.
What Is Vibration White Finger?
This is a condition where you will have a number of symptoms in your hands and fingers such as:
- Loss of feeling in your fingers
- Loss of strength in your fingers
- Blanching in your fingers
- Pain in your fingers after blanching
- Increased symptoms in the cold and wet
It is caused by the vibration from a handheld tools or using machinery too and although it is not really known why hand arm vibration syndrome happens, doctors think that the vibration causes nerve damage.
This condition can be debilitating and can result in an inability to be able to do your job anymore as a result of your symptoms and weaknesses in your hands and fingers. We do know how tough this is for you and we can help.
You can expect to receive somewhere between £2,5o0 and £6,000 in compensation if your condition only affects a few of your fingers and does not affect your work too much. However, if your condition affects both hands and has a significant impact on your daily life, then you can expect anywhere between £23,000 and £27,500.
How Can Shires Law Help?
We know how difficult you will be finding life at the moment and we want to do everything we can to make things that little bit easier for you. We want to make the claims process as easy and stress free as possible whilst making sure that you get the best outcome possible.
We can provide you with a personal service because we have kept our practice small and as a result we take the time to meet all our clients if we possibly can. We offer a free initial consultation with one of our experienced personal injury solicitors so that you can understand your legal position clearly and also feel happy for us to represent you too.
Using only qualified solicitors instead of claims handlers helps us to keep our standards of client care high and helps us to also achieve the best possible outcome for you.
You will probably be concerned about how you will pay for a solicitor and although the funding of personal injury claims has changed recently meaning that we cannot recover all of your legal costs from the other side, we can get back most of them so please do not be put off. You will be able to settle up once your claim has been concluded.
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