Over a period of time of using vibrating tools, if their use is not regulated, the worker can contract an industrial condition know has hand arm vibration syndrome. This is what it as known as now, for many years it was called vibration white finger, or sometimes it was known as dead finger. But no matter what you care to call it, it is generally work related and victims of it can claim compensation by making an Epsom and Ewell accident at work claim.
Your employer should prevent dead finger, and you having to make an Epsom and Ewell accident at work claim
Your employer should regulate the use of vibrating tools, to reduce the risk of you getting this condition, and they can find all they need to know to do this on the government’s HSE website.
If they fail to do so, you are just as entitled to compensation as you would be if you had a one off accident at work, the main difference being that you have three years from the date of diagnosis to make your claim, which could be several years after the actions that caused it.
How you will know you have vibration white finger and need to make an Epsom and Ewell accident at work claim
Part of the problem with this condition is that the victim does not always realise it has started because to begin with they experience pins and needles in their fingers occasionally. This then start to move down the fingers and becomes more of a tingle before turning to pain. It earned the name vibration white finger, because the fingers usually go red and then turn white as the pain starts.
The condition is worse in cold weather, and the bouts of it will get progressively more frequent and worse.
Once a victim has this condition, there is no cure for it, but they should immediately stop the actions that are causing it to stop it getting any worse. The medical profession do not quite understand why the nerves in the fingers become so damaged, but they have known of the connection between the problem and vibrating tools for many years.
Making an Epsom and Ewell accident at work claim for hand arm vibration syndrome
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have dealt with many claims for this condition, just as we have for all types of accidents and injuries. We have been making successful claims for over 14 years, and this experienced has allowed us to make the claim processes easy, fast, efficient and as stress free as possible.
We work on the ‘no win, no fee’ basis so victims do not have to find any money to start their claim, or if the claim is lost. So if you want to make a stress-free and risk-free personal injury claim, complete one of our online options or call our freephone helpline number on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 16th September 2014