Vibration white finger injury claim in Otterham
Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is the new name for the condition known as vibration white finger, which is also sometimes known as dead finger. As this new name suggests, this condition can affect not just the fingers, but the hands and arms as well.
As the injury is often the result of using vibrating tools in the workplace, it can be classed as an industrial injury and your employer could be liable for it.
Should you make an injury claim in Otterham?
If you sustain an injury in the workplace and it wasn’t your fault, you could be eligible to make an injury claim in Otterham.
An injury such as vibration white finger may not occur instantaneously but could occur over time. For example, it is thought that damage to the nerves and blood vessels can be caused by working with vibrating machinery repeatedly over a long period of time, for example over 10 years. Working with tools that vibrate more, over a shorter period, can have the same effect.
Symptoms can include:
- Changes to sensory perception especially in the fingers, starting as tingling in the finger tips which can lead to permanent numbness along the whole fingers. This can cause clumsiness and difficulty with fine motor tasks, such as fastening buttons and tying shoe laces.
- Muscle weakness and lack of dexterity. This can cause painful spasms as the attacks go on for longer and become more frequent.
- Fingers may change colour and eventually turn white, as blood vessels go into spasm. They can turn blue as blood supply is restricted and may even go red and become painful.
If your employer didn’t allow you to take breaks, provide proper training or failed to make safety equipment available, they could be held responsible for this type of injury.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now
If you have suffered from symptoms such as these and you have worked with vibrating tools for a period of time, then you could make an injury claim in Otterham for vibration white finger.
Before you commit to making an injury claim in Otterham, you may want to find out more about how the process works. If so, we can help.
In fact, our personal injury team will be able to provide free no-obligation advice so you can learn more about making a claim without paying anything upfront.
To access more information today, contact us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
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