Vibration White Finger

Vibration White Finger (VWF) is also known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. If this condition is caused by using vibratory tools through exposure to excessive levels of vibration without proper job rotation and/or maintenance of the tools then it could amount to a legal right to make a claim for compensation.

Symptons of Vibration White Finger

The vibration can lead to impaired blood circulation or cause damage to nerves. This typically then leads to symptoms in the hands and arms. The condition often gets worse with more frequent exposure.

Symptoms include tingling sensation and numbness or whiteness of parts of the fingers which can become worse in cold weather. In the more severe stages, symptoms include severe loss of grip strength, pain and reduced dexterity.

What Should I Do?

If you have used vibratory equipment over a prolonged period of time and suffer with any of the following symptoms you should seek the assistance of a 1stclaims solicitor:

  • Tingling and numbness in the fingers
  • Deterioration of symptoms in cold weather
  • Loss of grip or dexterity

Are There Any Time Limits I Should Be Aware Of?

UK law states that anyone exposed to excessive levels of vibration prior to 1971 will not be able to pursue a claim against their employer because the employer could not reasonably be expected to know anything about vibration white finger prior to this date. Claims for exposure after 1971 can be pursued against one or more employers. It is important to be aware that you have 3 years from the date when you are aware of your condition and that it was associated with vibration exposure in which to ensure that you issue your claim in the courts.

What If My Employer Is No Longer Trading?

A claim will need to be pursued against all responsible employers. If you know that an employer is no longer trading, it does not necessarily mean that your claim will not succeed since your 1stclaims solicitor may be able to identify the relevant insurance company for you. Contact us as soon as possible to ensure we can start making the necessary enquiries for you.

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