Vibration white finger is the more commonly known name for hand-arm vibration syndrome. Vibration white finger is an extremely debilitating condition caused by overexposure to vibration. It is an accident at work that primarily affects those who work with power tools.
Could jackhammers cause vibration white finger?
The causes of vibration white finger are varied but the main cause for vibration white finger is working with power tools that produce an excessive amount of vibration such as jackhammers, angle grinders, levelling machines, buffing machines and pneumatic drills.
Fortunately, due to the efforts of many health & safety groups, manufacturers now incorporate vibration-dampening technology in the majority of their products, reducing the chances of developing vibration white finger.
What are the symptoms of vibration white finger?
As a result of vibration white finger, the fingers will at first develop a tingling sensation or numbness. Over a period of weeks, months or even years the symptoms will gradually develop causing the fingers to become white and swollen when cold, hence the name vibration white finger, and painful and red when exposed to heat.
Vibration white finger can be an extremely debilitating condition as it can make it almost impossible to carry out everyday tasks such as tying shoelaces or holding a razor.
It’s important to take frequent breaks from your work in order to prevent the symptoms of vibration white finger.
Claiming compensation for vibration white finger
If you’ve developed vibration white finger within the last three years, through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. We have over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including industrial accident claims. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful.
Alternatively, you can find out online how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second test.
Will I have to go to court?
Accident Advice Helpline ensures that the majority of our claims are settled outside court, meaning that many of our clients will avoid the stressful and daunting experience of facing a current or previous employer in court.
Give us a call today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500, for advice regarding your vibration white finger case. There’s nothing to lose, and no obligation to pursue your claim following your call.