Vibration white finger – or hand-arm vibration syndrome as it is now known – is an industrial injury most commonly caused by excessive use of vibrating machinery. Although the hand-arm vibration syndrome name was conceived because of the development of additional symptoms other than the whitening of the finger tips, it is still the primary symptom of the condition. Vibration white finger is believed to affect up to 300,000 people in the UK and is a form of Raynaud’s Disease. If you have been diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome then compensation through vibration white finger claims can help you through your medical condition.
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It is a legal duty of employers to protect the safety of its employees. This includes protection when using hand-held vibrating machinery. The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations brought in during 2005 gives health and safety guidelines that must be followed by employers. Hand-arm vibration syndrome can be prevented by correct training of staff, maintaining tools properly, following the limits on using certain machines and using anti-vibration gloves. Many people still suffer from vibration white finger, despite whether this was brought on before or after the regulations were introduced. Vibration white finger (VWF) claims to provide industrial injury compensation can go a long way to provide a life for people diagnosed with the condition.
Some of the symptoms of vibration white finger are listed below:
- Finger whitening
- Finger discolouration
- Nerve symptoms
- Aches and Pains
Finger whitening – This is when the end of the fingers turn white and may experience a tingling sensation. It can vary in degrees of severity from just covering the tips of the fingers to covering the whole of the finger up to the knuckle. It is caused by blood vessels narrowing.
Finger discolouration – This can happen after the finger whitening has occurred. The fingers can first turn blue due to a lack of oxygen – caused by the blood vessels narrowing – before flushing red after blood flow returns. This can cause intense throbbing.
Nerve symptoms – Nerve symptoms can include tingling or numb feelings in the fingers. In severe cases the numbness can become permanent, making it difficult to perform normal everyday tasks such as fastening buttons.
Aches and Pains – Aches and pains along the fingers, hands and arms can be caused by excessive exposure to vibrating machinery.
Many occupations are at risk of vibration white finger (VWF). If you have been diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome that you believe has been caused by using vibrating machinery in your workplace then please call for our free expert advice. We are skilled professionals who have handled many cases like yours, providing victims with compensation to help them live with their condition. At Ashley Ainsworth we operate on a strict no win no fee basis ensuring that victims can make vibration white finger injury claimswithout the worry of financial risk. Employers and authorities have insurance in place to provide compensation to victims of vibration white finger.
Vibration white finger injury claims
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