Vibration white finger is one name given to a condition that is also known as hand arm vibration syndrome. In fact this second name is now more commonly in use, since a variety of symptoms can be associated with it that involve more than just one or more fingers.
It affects people who use power tools in the course of their work. As you might expect, the power tools must be of the vibrating kind for this injury to have a chance of developing. This means tools such as chainsaws and pneumatic drills might potentially lead to the condition developing over time.
What are the typical symptoms of vibration white finger?
The symptoms can vary from person to person, and they may vary in severity as well. However, you can usually expect such things as numbness in the tips of the fingers and sometimes a tingling sensation as well, similar to that caused by pins and needles. Your fingers might also feel cold and look slightly discoloured if the condition worsens. Your hands and fingers may also ache on a regular basis.
As you can imagine the condition can be problematic because we rely on our hands for so many things. The condition is caused by damage to the nerves in the hands, hence the variety of symptoms that are associated with nerve damage. The condition was recognised back in the 1970s and the connection between the symptoms and the power tools that were being used was made.
Does this mean you might have a chance to claim vibration white finger compensation?
Your employer has a duty of care to make sure you can do your work safely at all times. If you suffer symptoms of this condition and your employer does nothing to adjust your work or to protect you in any way, you could indeed claim vibration white finger compensation.
The most important thing to do is to seek advice from your GP. Once you have an official diagnosis you may wish to phone Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. This is the best way to get in touch with our experienced team, and with years of experience behind us you can make the most of that call. Our experience could lead to a successful outcome with regard to any claim you might eventually make, so make that call now.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead