Have you developed vibration white finger and need to make an injury claim in Simonsbath?
Vibration white finger is a debilitating condition that can cause sensory changes in the fingers, leading to a loss of fine motor function. If you have developed vibration white finger and you want to make a personal injury claim, then you need to ensure that you are informed of the prognosis for the condition and your legal right to claim compensation.
What causes vibration white finger?
Vibration white finger is also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and it is caused by repeated and frequent use of hand held vibrating tools. These may be:
- power drills
- pneumatic drills
- vibrating machinery
The use of these tools is believed to cause changes to the small blood vessels and nerves in the fingers, although it is unclear quite how this happens.
Symptoms of vibration white finger
The symptoms develop over a period of time and may gradually worsen if vibrating tools continue to be used. These include:
- Changes in sensation in the fingers
- Muscular pain in the fingers and hand
- Pins and needles in fingers
- Fingers turn white and cold as blood vessels constrict, then fingers turn blue as oxygenated blood is reduced, then they may turn white and not regain their original colour
- Muscular weakness and muscle wasting leading to an inability to carry out fine motor tasks such as fastening buttons, handling coins etc
Diagnosis of vibration white finger
If you have worked with vibrating tools for a number of years as part of your employment, then the doctor may confidently diagnose vibration white finger. However, tests may be needed to ascertain the extent of the condition if you are intending to make a personal injury compensation claim for vibration white finger.
Preventing vibration white finger
Employers have a legal duty to ensure the health and safety of their workforce. Training and supervision are an essential part of ensuring that vibrating tools are handled properly to avoid injury. These points include:
- ensuring that tools are held as loosely as possible, to avoid excessive grip and in varying positions, so that the fingers do not become overworked
- ensuring that tools are used correctly and the right tool for the job is used
- ensuring that tools are well maintained and serviced
- checking that regular breaks are taken of at least 10 minutes away from the tool to allow the nerves to recover
- ensuring that the hands are protected in cold and wet weather to avoid muscular spasm
Making your injury claim in Simonsbath for vibration white finger
If you, or some one you know, has suffered with the symptoms of vibration white finger then they may be eligible to make an injury claim in Simonsbath.
The leading experts in processing personal injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline, can advice you of your legal right to claim compensation, just call them any time on: 0800 689 0500.
The helpline is staffed with friendly and helpful advisers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer you professional and up to date advice on making your injury claim in Simonsbath.
Alternatively, go on line and take part in their unique 30 second test and find out quickly if you can make an injury claim in Simonsbath.