Dead finger, vibration white finger, or to give it its proper name, hand-arm vibration syndrome, can arise in one or both of your hands or arms due to your exposure to vibration, often during the course of your employment.
There are a number of causes of this condition, including the use of vibrating machinery and tools, such as:
- Angle grinders
- Pneumatic drills
- Chain saws
The use of the aforementioned equipment can restrict the blood flow to your hands and arms, causing them to turn white in colour. You may also experience a lack of grip strength, discomfort and a loss of manual dexterity. The condition gets worse in cold temperatures and at night time. Your employer should do all they can to prevent you suffering from this injury, and if they fail to do so, you may be able to make dead finger claims for compensation.
How can you prove that your employer was to blame?
Your employer is legally obliged to protect your health and safety during the course of your working day. If he or she has failed to implement safety measures to reduce the risk of this happening to you, and this led to you developing the condition, you will be able to make dead finger claims for your pain, suffering and financial losses.
If you believe that you deserve to receive compensation, the personal injury solicitors here at Accident Advice Helpline can look into your claim and help you to secure a fair and appropriate settlement from your employer. Our solicitors are highly experienced in the interpretation and application of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations and they will be able to put together successful vibration white finger claims on your behalf.
Can you make a claim against your previous employer?
Dead finger can take months and even years to develop. This means that you may notice the symptoms many years after your initial exposure to vibrating equipment.
In order to make a successful claim against your employer, you must begin court proceedings within three years of the date on which you knew or ought to have known that you had the condition. It is therefore imperative that you contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you develop the symptoms of this debilitating industrial injury.
How do you find out more about dead finger claims?
To find out more about making a claim through our dead finger claims specialists, please call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or use our 30-second test. If you are using a mobile, you can either call us on 0333 500 0993, or text ‘claim365’ to 88010 and we will call you. We will be able to assess your case and put you in touch with our dead finger claims team without delay.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell