Vibration White Finger (VWF) is professionally known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or commonly as Dead Finger. It is a secondary form of Raynault’s Syndrome and is an industrial injury usually triggered by the continuous use of hand held vibrating machinery. HAVS is a widely recognised industrial disease which is not limited to numbness in fingers. It is thought that it is caused by vibrations from power tools and that through using them damage is caused to the blood vessels and nerve endings in the operator’s fingers. These types of injuries need the best lawyers in Stockton-on-Tees to get compensation.
VWF affects workers who have used:
- Compressed Air Tools
- Concrete Breakers
- Hand-Held Saws
- Hammer Drills
- Percussive Hand Guided Power Tools
- Pneumatic Drills
- Road Breakers
- Rotating Saws
Common symptoms of Vibration White Finger
- Tingling or numbness in the fingers
- Cold sensation or discolouration of the skin
- General aches and pains in arms, hands and fingers
When the fine blood vessels (located in the fingers) go into spasm there can be a change of colour of the fingers and also in the way that they feel. This can also occur spontaneously or due to a drop in temperature. The skin usually goes pale first, then blueish before finally going a dull red (when the circulation returns) The fingers may burn or tingle as well as being painful and may last for a few minutes or a few hours depending on the severity of the condition. Some sufferers may notice a marked deterioration in their arm strength or ability to hold or grip objects.
I think I have Vibration White Finger – what should I do?
- If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms it is important that you contact your GP straightaway to have this confirmed. They may be able to prescribed you some medicines which may lessen the impact of the symptoms of mild vibration white finger.
- You should also inform your employer and look to reduce or stop using the power tools which have been the root cause of your symptoms and prevent your symptoms from becoming more serious.
- Its is also important that you seek some specialist legal advice from the best lawyers in Stockton-on-Tees.
How can the best lawyers in Stockton-on-Tees help with Vibration White Finger?
Our specialist injury lawyers in Stockton on Tees will be able to advise you on your legal position and if you are able to make a successful compensation claim.
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Call our friendly and experienced team at Accident Advice Helpline for the best lawyers in Stockton-on-Tees on 0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993. Call us now without further delay and find out how they can help with your Vibration White Finger injury claim
Date Published: 29th December 2013
Author: David Brown