There are a number of different names for the condition known as dead finger. It can also be referred to as Vibration White Finger (VWF) or it may be referred to as hand arm vibration syndrome. It is often associated with using vibrating tools and a lot of cases have emerged where it is thought that businesses unnecessarily put workers at risk and this has exacerbating the condition. If you feel this could include you then it is worth finding out more to see if you could claim for compensation.
Symptoms of dead finger
The symptoms of dead finger are caused by blood being restricted to the fingers. This is why the fingers can turn pale or a different colour and why someone can feel the loss of sensation or grip. If you are concerned you may have the condition be on the lookout for-
- Loss of sensation of one or more fingers (If this extends to the whole arm then this is technically hand arm vibration syndrome, also commonly referred to as HAVS)
- Fingers turning a different colour (red, white or blue)
- Tingling in the fingers (often at the start or end of the condition occurring)
- The symptoms can start off mild but can become more severe over a period of time, making it harder for people to be able to do their work and meaning they require more supervision.
Currently there is no known cure for dead finger. However, it is possible to limit the severity of attacks. One of the most crucial ways is to limit the amount of time people spend using vibrating tools. This means companies should not expect workers to use them over a long period of time. Equally workers should not be expected to use a highly vibrating tool over a shorter period of time as this could be equally damaging.
Maintaining a good circulation is important too. Therefore in colder weather people should wear gloves. Cutting down on smoking and reducing caffeine intake can also improve circulation and reduce the severity of dead finger attacks.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
It is crucial to show not only that a client is suffering from dead finger but also that this condition was caused by unacceptable working conditions. As well as giving people compensation it can also raise awareness of working conditions and help to reduce the risk of more people getting this condition.
Accident Advice Helpline is available 24 hours a day. There is always someone to discuss your claim with you. We also have a large nationwide team of specialist solicitors so if you choose us we can find the right legal representative who is appropriate for your claim. Contact us to see what we can do for you!
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown