Dead finger symptoms

Woman with broken hand from an accident

Dead finger is a condition that causes people to lose the feeling in one of their fingers (hence the name!) It can also be referred to as vibration white finger or hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). It often happens to people who use vibrating tools. It is worth being aware of dead finger symptoms so that you can get treatment if necessary.

Dead finger symptoms

  • Numb feeling in the finger tips
  • The tips of the fingers turn white (especially in the cold)- the condition may be referred to as white finger as well for this reason!
  • Flushing redness in the fingertips followed by a painful sensation (this occurs when the blood returns to the fingers)
  • Loss of grip in the hands (The most severe cases can result in complete loss of control)

Tools that can affect dead finger

  • Pneumatic drills
  • Angle grinders
  • Lawnmowers
  • Chainsaws
  • Sanding machines
  • Needle guns

While using these in itself is unlikely to cause the condition, the issue is prolonged usage. If you use them for too long then you are likely to aggravate the condition. This is also true if you use them on a very high setting for a short period of time. Companies need to be aware of this and monitor the usage of vibrating tools as much as possible.


At present there is no cure for dead finger. However, it is possible to treat the condition and allow people to lead a normal life.

Some medication can affect the blood flow as well as some natural treatments such as fish oil, evening primrose oil and some vitamin supplements. Cutting down on caffeine and quitting smoking will also help to regulate blood flow, as well as wearing gloves and warm clothing in cold weather conditions.

Most importantly of all the use of vibrating tools need to be restricted so that the condition is not aggravated.

Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline

The crucial thing is to distinguish between whether or not the symptoms occurred while you were working or not. This is what needs to be established when making a claim. This is something that our experienced legal professionals can help with.

We have been handling compensation claims for over 13 years and have a nationwide legal team so there is always someone to hand who can handle your claim to give you the best possible chance of getting the compensation you deserve.

Accident Advice Helpline is available 24 hours a day.  Contact us today to see how we can help you learn more about your condition and see if you are entitled to compensation. Don’t delay, contact us today!

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