Four steps to making a Vibration White Finger compensation claim
Do you suffer from numbness or pain in your fingers? Has the job you do meant that you have used vibrating tools or machinery for many years? You might be entitled to make a vibration white finger compensation claim. Read our step-by-step guide on how to go about claiming the compensation you deserve.
Definition of Vibration White Finger
Vibration White Finger is also known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), as the condition’s symptoms are not limited to giving fingers a white appearance. It occurs as a result of using vibrating tools such as chainsaws, power drills or pneumatic drills and working with or holding machinery which vibrates. It is likely that one in ten people who use vibrating tools or machinery over an extended period of time – usually at least ten years – will suffer damage in the small nerves and blood vessels of the fingers, therefore contracting vibration white finger. These people could benefit financially by making a Vibration White Finger compensation claim.
Symptoms of Vibration White Finger
Symptoms of vibration white finger can follow a common pattern.
- Early symptoms are loss of feeling or pins and needles in one or more fingers. This numbness can be limited to the tips, or occur more extensively along fingers.
- If the condition is severe fingers can become permanently numb, which can cause difficulties performing fine motor tasks such as tying shoelaces, doing up buttons and handling small objects.
Vibration white finger can trigger Raynaud’s phenomenon, which occurs in cold weather conditions, or when the sufferer touches a cold object. Bouts of Raynaud’s phenomenon can last for minutes or up to hours, during which fingers go through some or all of the following colour changes:
- As the small blood vessels in the finger go into spasm, finger(s) become white in colour
- As blood supply reduces in the narrowed blood vessels, finger(s) take on a blue tinge
- As the blood vessels open up again and blood flow return to normal, finger(s) may go a bright red colour and a sometimes painful, throbbing sensation can occur
If you are suffering from the above symptoms, then you should think about making a vibration white finger claim.
Will you make a Vibration White Finger claim?
If you think you should make a vibration white finger claim, here are our four steps to help you:
Step One: Take Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test to give you a quick snapshot of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive as a result of your vibration white finger claim.
Step Two: Information is key. Make notes about the type of vibration machinery or tools you use (or have used in the past) at work and include details of the motion of the equipment and the length of time you use it.
Step Three: Call our 24-hour helpline, free, on 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our friendly advisors.
Step Four: We will search through our 200 lawyers based across the UK to the lawyer with experience of dealing with a work-related injuries, who will work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis to secure you the best financial outcome to your vibration white finger claim.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown