Vibration White Finger (VWF) is a common disease that can occur in the workplace by overusing vibrating hand machinery. It was more commonly called Vibration White Finger but later sciences have discovered that there are also other symptoms that are connected to the disease other than having white fingers, so it is now more commonly referred to as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
How much compensation will I get for Vibration White Finger?
What you may not know is that you can actually claim for compensation with a specialist such as Tylers Solicitors because it is considered an industrial disease, a disease occurred at work, through no fault of your own. Depending on the severity of the Vibration White Finger you could claim anything between £3,000 and £25,000 compensation.
The disease can occur when a worker continually operates vibrating hand machinery over a number of years to a point where they start to develop the symptoms. The name was given to the disease due to the lack of colour that occurs in the fingers because of a limited blood circulation within the effected areas. Cold weather can cause Vibration White Finger sufferers further discomfort so it is important to keep your hands warm during the colder seasons.
As a second form of Reynauds Phenomenon, sufferers will experience a whitening of the skin or cold fingers. This is caused by damage to the blood vessels causing them to narrow, which prevents a good blood flow throughout the effected fingers. Oxygen is then used up, and then the blood vessels reopen releasing a good flow of blood back to the fingers effected areas. This three step process causes the sufferers fingers to go white or numb, then they will blush, and then finally will go blue to a bright red when the blood is once again starting to circulate throughout the fingers. When the blood flow returns the sufferer may experience either tingling, throbbing or pain to the effected fingers and you may start to feel a burning sensation.
Aches & Pains in arm joints are further symptoms that caused Vibration White Finger to also be referred to as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome. Due to overuse of hand machinery, the constant vibrating can cause damage to the joints & muscles within the whole arm. Sufferers will feel aches and pains as a cause of this.
It can take many years for the effects of Vibration White Finger to develop and is common in industries where hand machinery is found, such as mining, forestry & construction. In the more severe cases a loss of dexterity may occur, which is loss of use to the effected fingers or a reduced grip, so if you think you have started to develop Vibration White Finger then your doctor should be informed.
The link between Vibration White finger and vibrating hand tools was made in 1918 following a study by Alice Hamilton. She noticed that a lot of quarry cutters were suffering from the same symptoms and connected vibrating hand machinery to the disease. It was not officially known as a disease in the UK until 1985.
Common good practices for preventing vibration white finger should be undertaken at all times, especially when the cold weather arrives. Avoiding further damage by staying away from vibrating hand machinery is a must, otherwise you risk further damaging the blood vessels. Try to avoid picking up cold objects, such as iced drinks & snow and always try to keep your hands covered if you are going out into the cold weather. If you have to further use vibrating hand tools then make sure you keep a loose grip when handling them, this can keep damage to a minimum. Also, make sure that you use anti-vibration gloves, take regular breaks, and store tools in a warm area where the handles will not get cold.
If you think you may have Vibration White Finger (VBF) then Tylers Solicitors can help to guide you through your claim. We work on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement and are always available to answer any of your question. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.
Can you get Vibration White Finger through the use of chainsaws?
Yes, of course. A chainsaw is considered a handheld vibrating machine, and thus could be the reason you have started to develop symptoms of Vibration White Finger. Take care and do not overuse the chainsaw to prevent further damage, and take regular breaks.
Are you a no win no fee vibration white finger claims solicitors?
Yes, Tylers Solicitors are no win no fee vibration white finger solicitors. Simply put, if the case is lost we do not charge you a fee.
Can anyone tell me the best place to look for information about vibration white finger?
There are many places you could look for further information about Vibration White Finger, as the world wide web is a wealth of information. You could try these two following sources:
How do I make a Vibration White Finger claim?
If you are going to make a claim for Vibration White Finger then first you have to be diagnosed, as if there is no diagnosis then there cannot be a claim, even if you think you are suffering with it. Also, any relevant information that can help us to prove you are suffering Vibration White Finger at the fault of your employer will help. If you made regular reports in your employers accident report book then get a copy of that for your records. Also, please give us as much written information as possible as to why you believe that this is the fault of your employer, such as the tools that you use, how regularly, and what breaks you were allowed to take from using them. Also, if the tools are not of sufficient use (they are old and neglected) then take some photographs for your reports. All this evidence can help to speed up your claim and us to win your case. Once we have all of that information we can then proceed to create a strong letter of claim.
The letter of Claim is then sent onto your employer who has 21 days to inform us of receipt. Upon this 21 days of receipt your employer has 3 months to let us know wether or not they are going to accept liability for your injuries or contest the claim.
Is there a Vibration White Finger treatment or test I can take?
There are a number of tests you can do to see if you are suffering from Vibration White Finger. They are as follows:
- Grip Force Test
- Cold Provocation Test
- Pursue Pegboard Test
- Vibrotactile Test
- Thermal Aesthesiometry Test
Can I claim compensation if I have Vibration White Finger because of a motorcycle?
You cannot directly claim compensation against the likes of a motorbike manufacturer because you have ‘opted’ to use that motorcycle. However, if your job requires you to ride a motorcycle and you have contracted vibration white finger as a result of it, then you may be eligible for Vibration White Finger compensation.
Who can make a claim for Vibration White Finger?
Ex-miners are making claims against British Coal for Vibration White Finger due to the machinery they use for tunneling. This machinery led to many coal miners contracting the disease. There are also people within the construction industry that are making claims due to the overuse of handheld machinery. There are also people making claims due to working industrial for many years.
What is the Vibration White Finger Diagnosis procedure?
First of all you need to make sure that you visit your doctor so you can get diagnosed with Vibration White Finger. Without a diagnosis you have no claim. If you are convinced you have Vibration White Finger and it was brought on because of your working environment then you should start the procedure by visiting your doctor. When you visit your doctor they may ask you for a history of your exposure to machinery that could cause the disease. Your doctor will also check for symptoms such as the colouring of your fingers & hands, time tests to see how quickly the blood comes back (to see if you are in early or advanced stages), and they could ask you to take some other tests to analyse the response times of your fingers when your fingers go cold. If the doctor diagnoses you with Vibration White Finger then please get in touch with Tylers Solicitors today on 0800 699 0079.
Where is your Vibration White Finger compensation claim form?
Use our contact page or call us on 0800 699 0079 to make a claim.
-By Lee Kirton