What is hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)?
Hand arm vibration syndrome (formerly white finger vibration syndrome) is a condition caused by the continued use of vibrating machinery.
Pneumatic drills, concrete breakers, compactors and other machinery can damage the nerves in the fingers and hands through prolonged usage. Symptoms of HAVS commonly include:
- Tingling in the hands and fingers
- Loss of strength and grip
- Discolouration in the fingers
It is imperative that anyone using vibrating machinery is doing so with the right safety equipment in place, and while having frequent breaks, so as to avoid the onset of this permanent condition. In some cases, HAVS can develop after just a few months of use, while for others, the symptoms may not develop until a few years after the fact.
If you have developed HAVS at work, you could be eligible to claim Irvine accident at work compensation depending on the circumstances. If your employer neglected to follow the safety rules outlined, you may be able to hold them responsible for the onset of your hand arm vibration syndrome.
We can help you make a claim
If you have sustained this work-related injury within the past three years, you could be within your legal rights to make a compensation claim.
The first step in pursuing a claim is establishing the cause of your injury. If it can be proven that your employer caused the condition by failing to provide proper anti-vibration equipment, or limiting the amount of time spent operating vibrating machinery and tools, you could well have a case.
One of our advisers can analyse your case and provide you with an idea of what your claim could be worth right over the phone. At Accident Advice Helpline, we help award over £30 million a year in compensation, and will fight hard to ensure you are awarded the highest sum possible.
Claim the HAVS Irvine accident at work compensation you deserve
When it comes to affording legal help to make your claim, all of our solicitors work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This means there is nothing payable upfront, so you don’t have to worry about the costs of getting your claim underway.
The responsibility lies with your employer to mitigate the risk of vibration white finger syndrome occurring to workers on site, and if they fail to do this, you as an employee can be left suffering the consequences.
This painful condition can make it difficult to return to work, impacting your financial future as well as your health. If you are living with this due to no fault of your own, you should be compensated for these and other consequences. To find out more about how Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim Irvine accident at work compensation for HAVS, contact us today on freephone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: David Brown