Vibration white finger injury claims in Lytchett Minster
Vibration white finger is the old name for a condition that now tends to be called hand-arm vibration syndrome. It is an industrial injury triggered by the constant use, for a prolonged period, of vibrating tools such as:
- Pneumatic drills
- Impact wrenches
If you have this condition, you may be able to make an injury claim in Lytchett Minster.
The symptoms that would lead to an injury claim
The symptoms of vibration white finger vary but can include:
- Tingling whiteness or numbness in the fingers. This may not be immediately apparent and to start with may only affect the tips of the fingers. As the condition worsens, the whole finger may become white and the feeling diminish.
- Fingers change colour. If the exposure to vibration continues, there may be periodic attacks in which the fingers change colour when exposed to the cold. The finger goes pale and numb before turning red and beginning to throb.
- Loss of manual dexterity. In more severe cases, attacks will happen more often and last longer. There can be considerable pain and loss of manual dexterity and grip.
Although the symptoms were first described by the medical profession in 1911, it was not until 1918 that Alice Hamilton MD made the connection between the condition and vibrating tools. Because of Alice, you may be entitled to make an injury claim against your employer.
The prevention of vibration white finger
Employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of the employees, and taking preventative action to reduce the risk of vibration white finger is no exception to the rule. Using a slightly vibrating tool for a long time can be as damaging as using a heavily vibrating tool for a short time. Employers have to monitor the use of vibrating tools, not letting the employee use the tools for longer than the safe time limit. If your employer does not do this and you contract this condition, you may be entitled to claim.
How you make a claim for vibration white finger
To make your injury claim in Lytchett Minster you should contact Accident Advice Helpline. We have had many years experience of handling personal injury compensations claims relating to the workplace. You need not worry about us suing you boss, as your employer should have employers liability insurance to cover such eventualities and it is the insurance company that will pay your claim.
Accident Advice Helpline have in house solicitors who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with insurance companies, they know how they like the claims presented, how to answer the awkward questions and generally take the time consuming and complex issues away from you so you’re free to recover.
Our freephone number 0800 689 0500 is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for you to call when you want. You can speak to one of our friendly advisors, in confidence, and they will give you free advice about your claim.
Date Published: 21st August 2013