If you have a finger condition then it could be vibration white finger, or as it’s also known, dead finger. The new term for it is hand-arm vibration syndrome, and it is usually an industrial condition, which can be triggered by the constant use of vibrating tools for a long period of time. Unfortunately once you have this condition the damage has been done and it cannot be cured.
Tools that could cause the condition include:
- Impact wrenches
- Pneumatic drills
Your employer should try to restrict using any of theses tools constantly, as these could be the reason for your injury, and could by why you need legal help in Ellesmere to make a personal injury claim against your employer.
The condition could take a while to appear so it could be some time before you need legal help in Ellesmere
The condition vibration white finger for example, could take years to develop, it can suddenly appear when you do not expect it and you don’t even realise it’s happening.
The signs to begin with can be very minor, just at the end of your fingertips, and you may not even think that there is a problem. It can be after you have left the employment that caused it, but your boss should have monitored the use of the tools and followed regulations and guidelines for the use of them, to try and prevent this from happening. The fact you have left their employment does not matter, if they did not comply, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim against them.
The signs of dead finger can vary but could include:
- Fingers change colour and start to throb
- Loss of manual dexterity and pain
- Tingling, whiteness or numbness in the fingers
Although the medical profession had been aware of the condition for some years, it was not until 1918 that Alice Hamilton MD made the connection between the condition and vibrating tools.
Making your injury claim for dead finger with Accident Advice Helpline
To make your injury claim you should contact Accident Advice Helpline. We have had many years experience of handling personal injury compensations claims relating to the workplace and industrial conditions such as this. We have found that many victims worry about us suing the boss, but the employer should have employer’s liability insurance to cover such eventualities and it is the insurance company that will pay your claim.
We have in house solicitors who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with insurance companies, they know how they like the claims presented, how to answer the awkward questions and generally take the time consuming and complex issues away from you.
Our freephone number is 0800 689 0500. You can speak to one of our friendly advisors, in confidence, and they will give you free advice about your claim.
There is also a 30-second test on our website. Completion of this will let you know if you have a valid claim and give you an indication of how much you might receive.
Date Published: 29th March 2014
Author: David Brown