Have you been diagnosed with HAVS?
HAVS, the abbreviation for hand arm vibration syndrome, is often caused from long term exposure to hand held vibrating machinery. Such exposure usually occurs within the work place, which is why HAVS is often regarded as being an industrial disease.
As such, it is often possible for you to make a claim for financial compensation against an employer if you have been diagnosed with HAVS. Why not contact Accident Advice Helpline today and speak to our solicitor in Mirfield to find out if they can help you make a claim for personal injury?
How a solicitor in Mirfield can help
If you have developed a condition such as HAVS a result of exposure to long term vibration within the work place, then your solicitor in Mirfield will be able to work with you to help ascertain whether or not your employer is to blame. If they are then they may be regarded as being legally responsible for your injury, and as a result will be forced to pay financial compensation to you for your pain and suffering.
A solicitor in Mirfield will look at the details of your employment and work environment. They will be able to find out if your employer undertook a risk assessment of the tasks that you were charged to undertake as part of your day to day work life. If no risk assessment was conducted then your employer will be found to be in breach of employment law, and therefore guilty of failing in their duty of care to you as an employee.
Equally, if a risk assessment was conducted, but this was not thorough enough, or the risks identified were not mitigated in any way, then your employer will also be found to be responsible. For example, if your employer is aware that you will be working with hand held vibrating tools for long periods of time, and this can cause a risk of developing HAVS, they should ensure that you are provided with regular breaks to limit exposure, and necessary personal protection equipment. They should also explain the risks to you, and ensure that you understand why the breaks and PPE are important.
Failure to do so will mean that a solicitor in Mirfield can hold them accountable, and make a claim against them on your behalf.
Could you claim?
To find out if you are able to make a claim for financial compensation contact Accident Advice Helpline today and speak to one of our advisors. They will be able to provide you with free, no obligation advice regarding your case.
Alternatively you can take our 30 second test which will tell you how much compensation you might be able to claim if your case is a success. Amounts do vary depending on a number of factors, including severity of injury and the amount of pain and suffering that has been caused.
Date Published: 6th May 2014
Author: David Brown