Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) claims

If you have developed hand arm vibration syndrome at work, our expert HAVS solicitors can help you claim compensation on a no win, no fee basis.

In a free phone consultation, our compensation experts will assess your situation and explain to you if you can start a hand arm vibration claim.

If you have developed HAVS as a direct result of your job, we can help you.

Machinery most likely to cause HAVS include:

  • Pneumatic and hammer drills
  • Chainsaws and jigsaws
  • Concrete breakers and pokers
  • Brush cutters
  • Powered sanders and polishers
  • Angle grinders
  • Powered lawnmowers, strimmers and trimmers

Do you frequently work with vibratory tools and suffer from tingling and/or numbness in your lower arms and hands? You may have HAVS, and we may be able to help you claim compensation.

Assessing if you can start a HAVS claim

Each person’s situation is unique, which is why we believe it’s always best to get tailored legal advice before you make the decision to start a HAVS compensation claim. To help you get started, we offer a free and fast no obligation assessment of your claim over the phone.

Our HAVS claim specialists will go through a range of questions to get a clear understanding of your situation before explaining which legal options are available to you.

What is hand arm vibration syndrome (What is HAVS)?

Hand arm vibration syndrome is a condition caused by frequent use of vibratory tools at work.  It is a debilitating and permanent condition which can interrupt your personal life as well as your work life.

Depending on the severity, it may leave you unable to carry out everyday tasks. In more severe circumstances it may even stop you from being able to continue in your current job role.

The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the severity of your HAVS symptoms. When you get in touch we will be able to assess what compensation you may be entitled to.

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What is HAVS? Signs of hand arm vibration syndrome

There are a few hand arm vibration syndrome symptoms which you should watch out for, including:

  • Pain in hands, fingers and arms
  • Swelling and throbbing in your fingers
  • Numbness, tingling and pain in your fingers, hands and arms
  • Lack of strength and grip in your hands

You might begin to have trouble picking up small objects and holding onto things, and you may notice that cold weather affects the mobility in your hands and arms.

A similar condition to HAVS is vibration white finger. It’s caused by use of the same type of tools and vibration white finger symptoms can easily be confused with those of HAVS. If you suffer from VWF then our expert solicitors can help you with your vibration white finger claim.

Causes of hand arm vibration syndrome

Frequent use of vibratory tools or machinery can lead to HAVS developing. It can damage nerves, blood vessels and joints in your hands and arms.

Equipment such as chainsaws, angle grinders and pneumatic drills restrict blood flow into your hands, which can give your fingers a white appearance and/or cause you to feel a numb or tingling sensation in your hands.

HAVS and your employers responsibility

It’s your employer’s responsibility to provide you with functional protection equipment such as gloves. They should also provide you with plenty of breaks so your exposure to vibration is limited.

If you have been given protective gloves to wear, your employer is responsible for ensuring these are up to standard.

If your employer hasn’t provided you with the right protection, causing you to suffer from HAVS symptoms, we can help you claim for hand arm vibration syndrome compensation.

Starting your hand arm vibration claim

Assessing if you can claim

Have you got a tingling or numb feeling in your fingers and arms? Do you also use, or have you previously used vibratory tools at work? Then you might have Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, also known as HAVS.

Our specialist HAVS claim solicitors can help you pursue a compensation claim against your employer if their neglect has led you to suffer from hand arm vibration syndrome.

We will help you receive the HAVS compensation payout you deserve when you contact us to start your claim.

Would you like to find out what HAVS compensation payout you may be entitled to?

Why choose AWH

With AWH, pursuing a compensation claim for HAVS is as straight-forward as it can be.

Our industrial disease solicitors will be by your side throughout the hand arm vibration claims process, answering any questions you have along the way.

Get in touch, and receive the hand arm vibration syndrome compensation that you deserve. 

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FAQ

What is HAVS?

HAVS stands for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. It's a condition caused by frequently working with vibratory tools such as hammer drills, chainsaws, pneumatic drills and angle grinders.

It can be a very painful and even debilitating condition, which, in more serious cases, can have a serious effect on your personal life as well as your work life. You might be unable to carry out everyday tasks, be forced to stop working or change careers.

If you are suffering from HAVS, our industrial disease solicitors can help you claim compensation for your suffering.

Can I make a claim for HAVS?

If you are suffering from HAVS which is caused at your place at work then you are likely able to claim compensation for your suffering.

For us to be able to help you your symptoms must have first started to appear within the past 3 years.

Find out if you have a claim by getting in touch. We are generally able to give you a clear understanding on your ability to claim during your initial free consultation.

Who is most likely to develop HAVS?

You are most likely to develop Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome if you work in a job that requires you to regularly use vibratory tools. For this reason, employees are more at risk if they work in jobs such as:

  • Construction
  • Road repairs
  • Car assembly

If you have worked in one of these occupations or similar, and you suspect that you may be suffering from hand arm vibration syndrome, get in touch with us today.

What are the symptoms of HAVS?

The symptoms of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome include:

  • Pain in hands, fingers and arms
  • Swelling and throbbing in your fingers
  • Numbness, tingling and pain in your fingers, hands and arms
  • Lack of strength and grip in your hands

You might begin to have trouble picking up small objects and holding onto things, and you may notice that cold weather affects the mobility in your hands and arms.

How is HAVS treated?

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome ‘attacks’ and pain symptoms can sometimes be partly controlled with medication. However, the syndrome is irreversible and there is no entirely effective treatment or cure.