What is hand arm vibration syndrome?
Previously known as vibration white finger syndrome, hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is caused by the prolonged use of vibration machinery.
This machinery can include pneumatic drills, concrete breakers, chainsaws and other types of vibrating tools. As such, those working as mechanics or in construction-related fields are the most at risk. Common symptoms include tingling and numbness throughout the hands and arms, a loss of strength or inability to grip things with your hands, and pain and numbness in the fingers. Although this condition can be prevented with the right protective equipment and moderated use of vibrating machinery, many workers still find themselves diagnosed with this condition each year across the UK.
Make a compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline
If you have developed hand arm vibration syndrome, you may be able to claim compensation if you can prove your employer is to blame.
In order to be within your legal rights to make a claim, your condition must have developed within the past three years, and you should have evidence that the negligence of your employer caused it to onset. This can be in the form of photographic or video evidence, witness statements, and more. It is also important to have a formal diagnosis from a GP to provide to your solicitor, to strengthen your claim.
The amount you could receive will depend on the severity of your condition, and will also be calculated taking into account things like the impact it has had on your ability to earn income, what you have had to pay out of pocket for medical bills and more. With help from our Perth law firm, you can make sure you receive the maximum amount possible. To determine what this could be, either fill in our online claims calculator, or call our offices to have your case assessed by a claims adviser.
Find out more about making a HAVS compensation claim with our Perth law firm
Although hand arm vibration syndrome is wholly preventable, once the damage is done, it is permanent. If you have been unfortunate enough to develop this chronic condition, contact our Perth law firm to discuss making a compensation claim. We reduce any financial risk involved with taking on an employer by utilising a No Win, No Fee* agreement. With this payment agreement, there is no money required upfront, making it easier for you to afford the legal help you need.
If your employer’s negligence has led to the onset of HAVS, do the right thing and claim the compensation to which you are entitled. To find out more about working with our experienced personal injury law firm to recover the maximum amount possible, contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 180 4123.
Date Published: 27th July 2014
Author: David Brown