If you believe you suffer from vibration white finger, also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome, as a result of overexposure to vibration in your day to day work, Accident Advice helpline could help you to claim compensation.
If you’ve been involved in an accident at work, you have work-related injuries, or you have an occupational illness, work injury compensation can help to ease the pressure and stress of lost earnings and medical costs.
What is vibration white finger?
Vibration white finger is now commonly referred to as hand-arm vibration syndrome, as it tends to affect the whole hand, rather than just the fingers. This condition is common among people who work with vibrating tools, such as saws and chainsaws, pneumatic and road drills, sanders, lawnmowers and needle guns.
Repeated and prolonged exposure to vibration can lead to nerve damage in the hand, contributing to a range of symptoms, which include:
- whiteness in the fingers
- loss of sensation
- Raynaud’s phenomenon: this is a syndrome which causes the fingers to go white, blue and red; it is usually caused by exposure to cold weather, but can also be common in people who suffer from vibration white finger
- a tingling sensation and pins and needles
- aches and pains
- reduced strength when gripping
What should I do if I have symptoms of vibration white finger?
If you have some or all of the symptoms listed above, it is a good idea to see your GP so that your symptoms can be assessed and then arrange to speak with your employer.
There are steps you can take to try and reduce the risk of this occupational ailment, including wearing protective gloves, using low-vibration tools, and taking frequent breaks.
Your employer must ensure that the relevant health and safety measures are in place to ensure the safety of workers and decrease the risk of work accidents and occupational illness.
Thinking about claiming compensation?
If you believe you have a work-related illness or injury, and your employer has displayed negligence, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about claiming work accident compensation.
Compensation is provided for those who are ill or injured through no fault of their own, and it can prove very useful in the event that you have to cut your working hours, take time off, or give up your job as a result of occupational illness or work-related injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline has 15 years’ experience in the personal injury claims industry and it is recommended by Dame Esther Rantzen. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to speak with one of our friendly advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice