A dead finger injury claim in Strood
Strood is a town in the unitary authority of Medway in South East England. Strood was part of Frindsbury until 1193, but now Frindsbury is considered part of Strood. The river, the bridges, the road and rail links they carried have dominated Strood’s history. It is now a mainly residential suburb of Rochester, and a commuter town for London. Some of those residents will be employed in factories and on building sites, where accident happen all the time. If any of them are the blameless victim of an accident, they may want to make an injury claim in Strood.
Dead finger is not unusual for an injury claim in Strood
Dead finger, or vibration white finger, are the old names 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 think you may have this condition, you may be able to make an injury claim in Strood.
The symptoms that relate to dead finger and might mean an injury claim in Strood
The symptoms of dead 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.
The prevention of dead finger
Employers have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of the employees and taking preventative action to reduce the risk of dead 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 make an injury claim in Strood.Open Claim Calculator
How you make a claim for dead finger
To make your injury claim in Strood 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, the employer should have employers liability insurance to cover such eventualities and it is the insurance company that will pay your claim.
Our freephone number 0800 180 4123 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 confidences, and they will give you free advice about your claim.