When most people think of industrial diseases they tend to think of severe conditions such as asbestosis or mesothelioma. What they don’t necessarily realise is that there are a variety of conditions that can present themselves as a result of certain occupations.
If you think you have suffered a disease, illness or on-going condition as a result of your occupation then you should speak to an injury lawyer in Crosby-on-Eden to find out if you are eligible to make a claim for financial compensation.
You might be able to make a claim for compensation if you have suffered from industrial blindness (cake makers can suffer from a blindness akin to snow-blindness as a result of working with white icing over prolonged periods of time), asthma, eczema and a condition known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and speak to one of our advisors to find out more information about work based accidents and industrial diseases. Our helpline is free to call and our advisors are available 24/7 to answer any queries you might have.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
HAVS is a condition caused by the prolonged use of handheld vibrating machinery, for example, pneumatic drills. Immediate symptoms include tingling, numbness and whiteness of the fingers (your injury lawyer in Crosby-on-Eden will also refer to this condition as Vibration White Finger due to the discolouration that is often associated with the condition).
If you think you have HAVS your injury lawyer in Crosby-on-Eden will advise you to speak to a medical expert to get an official diagnosis. This will then be documented on your medical records and your injury lawyer in Crosby-on-Eden will be able to use this as part of the evidence for your claim against your employer.
Unfortunately there is no treatment for HAVS as the condition is caused by damage to the nerves and fibres in the hands and arms, and once these are damaged, they cannot be repaired. You can help alleviate symptoms by stopping smoking if necessary, and keeping your hands warm to ensure better circulation (for example, wearing gloves when working out doors). It is also advisable to cease working on vibration tools as this will only exasperate the condition.
An injury lawyer in Crosby-on-Eden can win your compensation
Your injury lawyer in Crosby-on-Eden will work with you to gather all the information and evidence needed to pursue your case. They will then do everything they can to ensure that you win the financial compensation that you deserve.
They will take into account the severity of your condition, and after a medical expert has assessed your case, will be able to establish the long term impact the condition will have on your day to day life. Equally, they will calculate the loss of earnings you may have suffered through inability to work, and whether you will be able to return to your normal work duties or if you will have to find alternative employment elsewhere.
Date Published: 10th November 2013
Author: David Brown