Many years ago, a female American doctor realised that there is a connection between the constant use of vibrating tools and a condition known these days as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Although she made the connection, it is still not fully understood why vibrating tools cause this condition, but there are regulations that restrict the use of these tools, to hopefully avoid HAVS and victims having to make a South Gloucestershire ‘no win, no fee*’ accident.
Vibration white finger
For a very long time, the condition was known officially as vibration white finger, although among the workers that contracted it, it earned the nickname of dead finger.
The symptoms are caused by damage to the nerves, and once the damage is done, there is no way of reversing it. The victims suffer from pain and loss of grip in their fingers that tend to change colour between red, then white at the onset of an attack. It is a condition that is affected by the temperatures, as it gets much worse in the cold. The longer it goes on, the more frequent the attacks are, and the more painful they become.
Anyone who thinks they might have this condition should immediately stop using vibrating tools, so preventing more damage to their nerves and hopefully stop the condition from getting any worse.
Employers should comply with the regulations so that you do not have to make a South Gloucestershire ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim
Your employer has to make sure that his staff are not using these tools outside of the regulations, and if they fail in this legal duty, they should not be shocked when an employee makes a South Gloucestershire ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim because of HAVS.
Making a south Gloucestershire ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim for HAVS
HAVS can take several years to manifest itself, so comes under the rules relating to all industrial illness and conditions. These vary slightly from the one-off accident rules in respect of the time limits allowed for making a claim. With industrial conditions, it is three years from the date of diagnosis, which can be several years after the victim has left the employment that caused the problem.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have helped countless victims of industrial illness and conditions to get the compensation they deserved, and among them there have been numerous claims made for HAVS.
Making a claim against an employer is something that bothers some victims, because they are concerned at the effects in can have on the business and jobs. They should not worry about this, as most employers are insured for such events, and it will be this insurance that settles the claim.
Our friendly and helpful advisers will discuss all of this with you, and any other queries you may have about making a claim, and you can call them on our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.