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Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) claims

Here at AWH we have helped many people suffering from hand arm vibration syndrome with their hand arm vibration claims. We understand the ways in which the condition can have an impact on your life, which is why we want to help you claim compensation.

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

The following machinery is most likely to cause HAVS:

  • Pneumatic and hammer drills
  • Chainsaws and jigsaws
  • Jackhammers
  • 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.

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Can I make a hand arm vibration claim?

Have you got a tingling or numb feeling in your fingers and arms? Do you also use, or have you in the past used, any of the vibratory tools listed above?

You might have HAVS.

It can be a painful and debilitating condition which can interrupt your personal life as well as your work life. You might be unable to carry out everyday tasks due to your discomfort.

You might notice a difference in your symptoms when the temperature or weather changes. Your HAVS might worsen in winter, for example.

Our specialist HAVS solicitors could help you pursue a compensation claim against your employer if they have neglected to provide you with adequate equipment or protection which has led to the development of your HAVS.

You deserve to be able to move forward with your life, and not let your condition take over. We can help you do that.

What is hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)?

HAVS can affect many different aspects of the body such as the nerves, joints and muscles. In nearly all cases one of the main indications is tingling and numbness in the fingers. HAVS can be very painful and disrupt your day-to-day life.

Your fingers may be displaying whiteness in cold weather, and the condition could be affecting your ability to grip and lift tools at work.

Our clients have often found pain occur mostly during the working day and would generally last for half an hour or longer after using their tools. They found shaking their hands helps to relieve the aching and tingling.

If your employer is at fault for you developing the illness, we can help you hold them accountable.

You don’t have to suffer any longer. Our hand arm vibration claims team have plenty of experience working with people just like you to achieve the end result they need to move forward with their lives.

HAVS causes

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 jackhammers can often 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.

It’s your employer’s responsibility to provide you with functional protection and giving you enough breaks if you use any vibratory tools during working hours.

You might be given protective gloves to wear, which your employer is responsible for ensuring are up to standard.

If your employer hasn’t done everything they can to stop you suffering from HAVS, and this has caused you to develop the condition, we could help you pursue a claim for compensation.

We have helped many HAVS sufferers claim against their employers and receive the compensation they need to get back on their feet.

Signs of arm vibration syndrome

If you aren’t sure if you are suffering from HAVS, there are a few hand arm vibration syndrome symptoms which will present themselves to watch out for, such as:

  • 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 on to things. This can interfere with your home life, and may also stop you from working.

You should report any issues you start to have to your employer, giving them the chance to take action regarding your condition before it becomes too severe.

If they fail to act and your condition develops or worsens because of your job, our specialist hand arm vibration claims solicitors can help you pursue a claim.

A similar condition to HAVS is vibration white finger. It’s caused by the same actions and vibration white finger symptoms can easily be confused. If you do suffer from VWF then our solicitors can help you with your vibration white finger claim too.

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With us, pursuing a compensation claim for HAVS is simple. From our years of experience, we know just how to put you at ease from start to finish, ensuring that you receive only the best quality legal advice.

We’ll be by your side throughout your claim, supporting and guiding you, and answering any questions you have along the way.

Our team can help you if you’ve developed or noticed hand arm vibration in the past two-and-a-half year and can prove that they have been caused or worsened by your job.

We will fight to get you the compensation you need and deserve so that you can enter the future without financial stress.


  • 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, jackhammers and angle grinders.

    It can be a very painful and even debilitating condition, which, in more serious cases, can have a serious effect your personal life as well as your work life. You might be unable to carry out everyday tasks, 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 you believe 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 been caused within the past 3 years.

    Find out if you have a claim by getting in touch. We are generally able to give you a good idea on your ability to claim over the phone after going through some specific questions with you.

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