Accidents at work are probably the last thing on your mind when you climb into the car or hop on the train to work, but sadly, thousands of people are injured at work in the UK every year. If you’ve sustained workplace injuries or you suffer from an illness as a result of your working conditions, the Accident Advice helpline could help you to claim compensation.
How common are work-related illnesses and injuries?
According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than 28 million working days were lost in the UK in 2013/2014 as a result of illness and injury. Last year alone, 1.3 million people suffered from a work-related ailment and 133 people lost their lives at work.
The most common types of work accidents and injuries include:
- slips and trips
- falls from height
- incidents involving moving vehicles
- operating heavy machinery
- handling injuries
- repetitive strain injury
What is vibration white finger and what are the warning signs?
Vibration white finger, also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome, is an injury most commonly diagnosed in people who work with machinery and tools, which vibrate. It leads to a loss of sensation in the hands, pins and needles, weakness and pain in the muscles and finger whiteness or redness. Suffering from vibration white finger can make it very difficult to complete day to day actions, which involve fine motor skills, such as tying laces or doing up buttons.
This type of injury is often reported in people who work in the construction, engineering and agriculture industries.
Can I make a claim for vibration white finger?
If you have symptoms of vibration white finger and you believe that your injuries are linked to your working environment or an accident at work, you may be able to claim work accident compensation. Jot down the details of your claim, for example, dates, symptoms and medical appointments and contact Accident Advice Helpline through our website or our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. Our expert personal injury lawyers will do everything to make your work injury claim successful. If the incident occurred within the last 3 years and you have the evidence to prove that you are not to blame for your injuries, you could have a valid case and our experienced lawyers will take care of all the hard work for you.
Most clients never have to go to court and the compensation you receive could help to cover medical costs or loss of earnings.