Vibration white finger, dead finger and hand arm vibration syndrome are all names for the same industrial condition caused by the overuse of vibrating tools. There are rules that relate to and regulate the use of vibrating tools, and all employers should ensure these are complied with to prevent this condition from happening. If they fail in this duty they should not be surprised when employees start making personal injury claims in Torbay.
It is not understood why the vibrations damage the nerves in the hand as they do, but once the damage has been done it cannot be reversed and the best a victim can do is stop working with these tools to halt the progression of vibration white finger, and then manage the symptoms the best they and their doctor can.
It could be years before personal injury claims are made
It can take up to 10 years for the symptoms of this condition to first show, some victims being affected quicker than others. Part of the problem is that the victim does not always realise it has begun. At the onset you may experience nothing more than occasional pins and needles in your fingers, but then it progresses to:
- Tingling, whiteness or numbness in the fingers. To start with it may only be in the fingertips so not very noticeable but over time it will spread to the rest of the finger and you may lose the feeling in the affected area.
- If you continue to use vibrating tools, the fingers will change colour. They start by going pale and numb before turning red and painful. Attacks of this will start to happen more often and last longer. It is also made worse by cold weather.
- You will eventually lose manual dexterity and grip.
Because of the length of time dead finger can take to develop, victims have three years from the date of diagnosis to start a claim.
Legal help for a workplace injury in Torbay
If you discover you have this industrial condition, the very first thing you should do is stop using vibrating tools. Then seek medical attention as although it cannot be cured, the symptoms can be managed to some extent. Then for legal help for a workplace injury in Torbay contact Accident Advice Helpline to make a personal injury compensation claim against the employer that should have tried to prevent this happening.
Once you have contacted us and realise how easy we have made the processes of making a claim, you will realise that we are the best option to assist you. We always put your needs first and treat you and your injuries with the respect you deserve.
We will examine every area of the accident, your injuries and how it has affected your life to make sure you are awarded the maximum compensation available for your particular situation. As long as you have kept proof, we will also reclaim any extra expenses that have arisen because of the accident.
Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 if you want to know more about making a personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: 4th August 2014