Are you suffering from vibration white finger symptoms?
Vibration white finger, or hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) as it is more commonly known, is caused by the prolonged and repetitive use of vibrating equipment over a long period of time. Years ago, many workers tended to carry out the same job over a long period of their working life and the use of heavy or vibrating hand held equipment has been linked to the development of a debilitating condition known as vibration white finger.
The constant use of heavy equipment such as:
- Impact drills
- Pneumatic drills
These have all been linked to causing damage to the nerves and small blood vessels in the fingers, hands and arms. These symptoms may not develop for many years after working with heavy and hand held equipment. However, the cause of this condition is intrinsically connected to the prolonged use of vibrating tools.
As it tends to be a work-related injury, sufferers can be eligible to make a claim for compensation. If you’ve suffered this, or another form of injury, due to your work, you may want to contact an injury lawyer in Pembrey as you could be able to obtain compensation.
Symptoms of vibration white finger
The symptoms may develop slowly and include:
- Tingling sensation in the fingers
- Numbness in the fingers
- Whiteness developing as the blood flow is damaged
- Loss of manual dexterity causing problems with fine motor movements
Many sufferers of vibration white finger find that their symptoms worsen in cold or wet weather when the pain may become more acute and they are unable to manipulate their fingers to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Make your claim using an injury lawyer in Pembrey
Vibration white finger is an industrial injury that may not develop for many years after the repeated and prolonged use of vibrating and hand held tools. However, it is important to point out that despite the timespan involved, you may still be eligible to make an injury claim, providing you weren’t responsible for the injury.
A lack of supervision, training and knowledge of the dangers of prolonged use of vibrating hand held tools may have led to your injury. Whilst the early diagnosis of the disease may help to prevent the symptoms worsening, unfortunately the symptoms of vibration white finger will never reverse and you will always have some symptoms present. If vibration white finger is diagnosed later whilst still using vibrating equipment, then the symptoms could worsen considerably.
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Date Published: 18th October 2013
Author: David Brown