Vibration white finger (VWF) and hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)

Our industrial disease team have helped many people like you with their vibration white finger and HAVS claims. From our experience, we have come to understand the many ways in which vibration white finger and HAVS can affect your life, which is why we want to help you claim compensation if you suffer from either condition because of your job.

Do you regularly work with high power tools that have caused you numbness, pain or stiffness in your hands and arms? Then we can help you to claim compensation. Tools that are most likely to cause VWF and HAVS include:

  • Jackhammers
  • Concrete breakers and concrete pokers
  • Chainsaws and jigsaws
  • Powered sanders such as DA sanders and angle grinders
  • Powered lawn mowers, strimmers or hedge trimmers
  • Polishers
  • Hammer drills and pneumatic drills
  • Brush cutters

You can rest assured that we’ll be here every step of the way, guiding you through your claims process and supporting you whenever you need us.

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Symptoms of VWF and HAVS

Have you used vibratory machinery at work, even if it was months or years ago? Do your hands tingle or become numb, or do your fingers become white and painful?

If you are suffering from these symptoms you might have vibration white finger or hand arm vibration syndrome.

Even if your fingers don’t turn white, you may feel aching, numbness or tingling which may affect your grip. This for many will have an affect on your day-to-day life.

You might not be able to carry out simple tasks like carrying the shopping, holding a hot drink or a cold bottle of beer in summer.

Our previous clients have often said that they notice their symptoms most following temperature changes, in winter, and after they have been using their tools for a longer period of time.

Our industrial disease solicitors can help you make a compensation claim against your employer for failing to provide you with adequate equipment, resulting in your condition developing.

You shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. Let us help you file a claim and get the compensation you need to move forward with your life.

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The difference between VWF and HAVS

What is vibration white finger?

Vibration white finger – also known as white finger syndrome – is an industrial disease caused by the continuous use of vibratory tools such as sanders, jackhammers, concrete breakers, drills and grinders. 

Using such tools can stop blood flow to the tips of your fingers causing the whiteness to show, especially in cold conditions.

If you work in an industry like mining or engineering, you’re at a high risk of developing the condition. 

The condition can be painful and even stop you from working, on a temporary basis or permanently.

If you’re suffering from the condition and are in pain and/or have had to stop working, we can help you claim compensation.

Compensation can cover your lost income, and give you the boost you need to get your life going in the right direction again.

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What is hand arm vibration syndrome?

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 white fingers. Like vibration white finger, HAVS can be very painful and disrupt your day-to-day life.

You may still be suffering from HAVS, even if your fingers aren’t displaying whiteness in the fingers as shown above. You may be experiencing tingling and numbness of the lower arm and hands, affecting your ability to grip and lift tools at work.

Our clients have often found symptoms 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 would help to relieve the aching and tingling.

Does this sound familiar? Then you may be suffering from hand arm vibration.

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

You don’t have to suffer financially any longer – our team have plenty of experience working with people just like you to achieve the end result they need to move forward.

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Causes of VWF and HAVS

The excessive use of vibratory tools can cause damage to the nerves, blood vessels and joints of your hands, wrists and arms.

If you have VWF or HAVS, you might often use tools at work such as:

  • Pneumatic drills
  • Chain saws
  • Sanders
  • Angle grinders
  • Polishers

Using this type of equipment can restrict your blood flow, causing fingers and hands to suffer from white finger syndrome.

Pain and discomfort are also present during flare-ups, which usually last from between two to 30 minutes depending on the extent of the damage to the hands.

Your employer is responsible for providing proper protection and giving you breaks when using vibratory equipment.

Most commonly you’ll be given protective gloves. Monitoring the amount of time the employee is spending using the equipment can also prevent damage.

An employer has a duty of care towards their employees and should protect their health and safety while at work. If your employer has failed to put the necessary measures in place to prevent you from suffering this injury they can be held responsible for your condition.

Our industrial disease team has helped many sufferers of VWF and HAVS claim compensation for their illness. Compensation can help you to get back on your feet, especially if you’ve lost out on wages from taking time off work.

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Symptoms of VWF and HAVS

Symptoms can vary depending on the extent of the damage caused. Below are some of the most common warning signs:

  • Loss of strength and dexterity
  • Blanching or whiteness from the top of the fingers spreading to both sides of the hand
  • Tingling, numbness and pain in the hands and fingers
  • Throbbing and swelling of the fingers

If you’re a sufferer you might struggle to pick up small objects.

In extreme cases you may even struggle to continue to work.

VWF and HAVS symptoms often worsen in cold weather due to blood flow being restricted.

If you have started to get symptoms make sure to report this to your employer.

They should review the amount of time you are operating the tools and assess if there are any protective measures they can put in place to avoid your condition worsening.

If they fail to do so, our industrial disease team can help you file a claim against them and receive compensation for your suffering and financial losses.

We understand how difficult and painful living with VWF or HAVS can be, and that you want to move forward with your life.

We can help you do just that.

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Legal advice and support for VWF and HAVS

How we can help you

Make a claim for vibration white finger or hand arm vibration syndrome with AWH Solicitors on your side and we’ll do our best to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Our solicitors have years of experience running these sorts of claims, so will handle your case with a great deal of skill and expertise.

Not only that, but we’ll be there the whole way to guide and support you, answering any questions you may have.

We work hard to identify who is responsible for your condition, even if the company at fault is no longer trading.

In those cases we can still locate their insurance provider and get the compensation from them for you.

At AWH we are dedicated to our clients first and foremost, and will fight your corner to the best of our ability to make sure you get the outcome you deserve.

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