Vibration white finger is the more commonly recognised name for Hand-arm vibration Syndrome and is a common cause of accident at work compensation claims. Vibration white finger occurs when the hands, wrist or fingers have suffered an overexposure to vibration.
What are the main causes of vibration white finger?
Vibration white finger is normally caused by the use of vibrating machinery in the workplace. Such machinery may include levelling machines as mentioned above, which are used to ensure that concrete surfaces are even. The machines produce an extraordinary amount of vibration, although efforts have been made in recent years to incorporate vibration-dampening technology which helps minimise the risks of vibration white finger.
What are the symptoms of vibration white finger?
Vibration white finger first manifests itself as a numbness or tingling in the fingers. Gradually, the fingers become white and stiff when cold and red and swollen when warm. It’s important to take frequent breaks from your work in order to prevent conditions such as vibration white finger.
Claiming compensation for vibration white finger
Vibration white finger affects many people, particularly in the construction industry and can be an extremely debilitating illness. Having vibration white finger can render tasks quite difficult that may normally be carried out with ease, such as picking up small objects.
Claiming compensation may not take away the pain and stress of suffering from vibration white finger but can help you to lead a better quality of life by removing the financial impediments that arise as the result of vibration white finger, such as loss of earnings or income and being rendered unable to work. A number of unforeseen expenses may arise as the result of an industrial injury such as vibration white finger including expenses for travelling to and from treatment.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. We are one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation such as work-related injury claims. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. All of our claims are made on a 100% no-win no-fee* basis and many of our claims are settled outside court. If you’ve developed vibration white finger within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, we could change your life.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice