By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 22nd July 2021. Welcome to our guide on vibration white finger claims for vibration white finger compensation. Should you have suffered vibration white finger (also known as hand vibration syndrome) due to an accident that was not your fault, you could be owed thousands of pounds in compensation. Trust Accident Claims UK solicitors to provide you with the right compensation solicitor to handle your claim and help you win the compensation that you are entitled to. We will also look at the process of making vibration white finger claims, the vibration white finger injury compensation amounts you could be awarded depending on the extent of your injuries and the effect it has had on your health, working and personal life.
If you think you could be entitled to receive compensation. Call Accident Claims UK today on 0800 073 8801 for your free consultation. We are a trusted personal injury solicitors that can help you claim the compensation you are entitled to. One of our friendly advisors will assess whether or not you have legitimate grounds for making a vibration white finger claim. If you have legitimate grounds to claim vibration white finger compensation, we will advise you on what compensation amount you could claim and provide an expert personal injury solicitor to handle your claim.
Should you have experienced vibration white finger because of someone else’s negligence, hold them accountable by claiming vibration white finger compensation claims. You will also have the option to pursue a No Win No Fee vibration white finger claim. We could also provide legal advice on the time limits you could have to claim (how many years from the date you were diagnosed), your employer’s duty of care to you and more.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For Vibration White Finger
- An Introduction To Hand Arm Vibration And Vibration White Finger Injuries
- Advice And Vibration Injury Prevention
- How Do People Get Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome And Vibration White Finger Syndrome?
- What Steps You Should Take If You Have VWF Syndrome?
- Which Tools Most Frequently Cause Vibration White Finger
- How To Start Your Vibration Injury Compensation Claim
- What Can You Include In A Personal Injury Claim?
- Vibration White Finger Compensation Calculator – Updated July 2021
- No Win No Fee VWF Compensation Claims
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Accident Claims UK has created this guide to help victims make vibration white finger claims. In this guide, we will go over vibration white finger symptoms and white finger syndrome treatment. We will also cover how you can bring a personal injury claim if you have suffered VWF due to an accident that wasn’t your fault and will look at how large your white finger settlement could be.
Clients often ask how large the vibration white finger injury compensation amount they can claim would be. Many of our clients are awarded tens of thousands of pounds for their vibration white finger claim, so it’s well worth seeking compensation. What’s more, Accident Claims UK offers their clients the chance to use our No Win No Fee service to bring your vibration white finger claim, meaning that there’s no upfront fee to pay and nothing to pay unless you win your compensation claim.
Who are Accident Claims UK? We are a well respected personal injury solicitor’s firm that specialises in helping clients make personal injury claims for injuries like vibration white finger. If you have suffered from vibration white finger, which was caused by an accident that was not your fault, we would love to help you claim the compensation you could be legally entitled to.
We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to advise you on your options for making vibration white finger claims. If you have a legitimate claim, we will estimate how much compensation you could claim and find the right compensation solicitor to handle your compensation claim. Call now to start your vibration white finger compensation claim today.
What is vibration white finger (VWF)?
This is a syndrome that sees the victim suffer vibration on a regular basis due to an industrial appliance or vibrating tool. And if this happens at work, then you could potentially file a claim for compensation.
How could I make a claim?
If you develop Vibration White Finger due to your work, also known as HAVS or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, because of your employer’s negligence, you could be eligible to claim compensation for pain and suffering, as well as for any associated costs.
Vibration white finger (also known as VWF) is an injury affecting the hands caused by the use of vibrating machinery and tools too often. The condition can affect parts of the hand and wrists, such as the blood vessels, nerves, and the components of the joint itself.
We all use our hands in everyday situations, from working, to driving, to preparing food and drink, to washing and dressing. So like other hand injuries, vibration white finger can be a very debilitating condition as it makes everyday tasks harder to perform. If you, the victim, has a practical job, such as using pneumatic drills or some such hand arm vibration syndrome HAVS makes it even harder to work. This means that the sufferer may also lose income if they are unable to work.
The most frequently occurring symptoms associated with vibration white finger syndrome can be numbness or tingling feelings in your fingers, as well as general feelings of pain. They also include a loss of dexterity in the fingers which can make it harder to grip items, a red or white discolouration in the hands and whiteness of the finger that starts at the tip and can continue down to the palms of your hands. If you have suffered these symptoms, discuss how vibration white finger claims work with our team. And this could lead you to receive vibration white finger compensation.
What Is The Legislation To protect Workers From Vibration White Finger?
Unfortunately, once vibration white finger syndrome develops, it is a permanent condition. Fortunately, VWF can be prevented. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, employers are legally responsible for their employee’s health and safety whilst at work. This includes taking regular risk assessments and identifying hazards (things that could potentially cause accidents leading to an illness or injury to their employees). In avoiding VWF, this would include taking necessary precautions to ensure that employees using vibrating machinery at work, such as drills, are protected from contracting vibration white finger.
In more recent years, there have also been further regulations to protect workers from suffering VWF. The Control of Vibration at Work regulations 2005 was put in place to require employers to take specific steps to protect workers from the condition. There is also a government-led vibration white finger scheme that entitles workers who are left unable to work because of VWF to claim a vibration white finger pension and white finger government benefits.
Prevention Of Vibration White Finger
As stated, it is the responsibility of your employer to protect you from vibration white finger symptoms. However, there are also steps that manual workers can take to protect themselves if they work with vibrating tools.
Ways to prevent vibration white finger:
- Always use the right tool for the right job.
- Seek to use low vibration rather than high vibration tools where possible.
- Avoid unnecessary extra vibrations caused by general wear and tear or any faults. Check the tools you are using have been kept in good condition.
- Keep cutting tools in good sharp condition to maximise efficiency.
- Avoid putting pressure on your hands by gripping a tool too tightly or forcing it beyond its recommended use.
- Take regular breaks or alternate between using vibrating tools and other work.
- Store tools so that when they are next used, the handles aren’t very cold.
- Use anti-vibration gloves when working.
Discuss vibration white finger claims for vibration white finger compensation with our expert team.
Vibration White Finger Treatment Options and Testing:
If you think you may be suffering from vibration white finger, you will first need to undergo a vibration white finger test to see if you are experiencing any of the symptoms or are suffering from the injury. You will also have to have a Raynaud’s syndrome test to see if you have the symptoms of this condition instead of a VWF injury.
Testing for Vibration white finger injuries:
- Testing for Thermal Aesthesiometry: This test measures the performance of thermal (heat and cold) receptors in the wrists, hands, and fingers.
- Testing the Vibrotactile Threshold: The test measures the sensitivity of the mechanoreceptors in each hand’s nerves, testing through texture, vibration, and stretching.
- Cold Provocation Test: The test is carried out to find any visual evidence of the area being blanched.
- Perdue Pegboard Test: this test measures each hands level of dexterity. The aim is to record whether there has been any reduction in the level of function in each hand.
Accident Claims UK can arrange for you to undergo these tests to determine the extent of your injuries if you have yet to undergo them. This could be very important for your vibration white finger claims.
Unfortunately, vibration white finger is an incurable and permanent condition, which is another reason why it can be so debilitating. However, there are some white finger syndrome treatments available to ease the vibration white finger symptoms the victim is suffering from. This includes advising the patient to quit smoking, restricting the blood flow to the fingertips, ending the use of vibrating tools immediately and referring the patient for specialist treatment with a dermatologist, rheumatologist, or a neurologist. This can include treatment protocols for managing white finger syndrome. Note that you could receive money back for medical treatment costs in vibration white finger compensation.
This injury is often associated with the long-term use of machinery, equipment, or tools that vibrate. People who can be affected can include people working in construction who use machinery and power tools, including hammer drills, chainsaws and power sanders. It will generally affect those who use this type of equipment for several hours a day, each day. The injury can affect any person who operates such machinery. Initially, the symptoms may be intermittent. However, if the person using the machinery continues to do so, the symptoms can become persistent over time. Vibration white finger symptoms are often worsened if the vibrating power tools have been made cold.
How is vibration white finger caused? The condition occurs when heavy and repeated vibration causes vasoconstriction of the muscles and hypertrophy. This affects the endothelial cells, damaging the cell wall. The cells become damaged as the body releases both release of serotonin and thromboxane all at once. The blood vessels in the fingers become deprived of blood, turning them white. In extreme cases of oxygen deprivation, the affected digits can even become blue. Vibration white finger may affect one or more fingers.
If you suffer from vibration white finger symptoms, you may also suffer from osteoporosis in the wrist and elbow, cysts and reduced grip strength in addition to the condition itself. If your employer neglected to protect you from vibration white finger, then you could be entitled to claim thousands of pounds in white finger compensation payouts.
Call the solicitors at Accident Claims UK today to discuss vibration white finger claims.
If you start developing the symptoms of vibration white finger, you should immediately seek medical attention. If you have developed the symptoms of the condition because of negligence on the part of your employer or another party and wish to begin a vibration injury claims for white finger compensation, take the following steps to help gather evidence to support your claim. Gathering this evidence will help your vibration white finger compensation solicitor put together a solid case to help you make your vibration white finger claim.
- Notify your employer of your condition: If you start showing symptoms of vibration white finger, report this to your employer. Your employer should immediately change your responsibilities, so you are no longer at risk.
- Make notes: Write a written report of your experiences at work which caused your vibration white finger symptoms. This could be a list of the machinery you were required to operate, which caused your condition, how long you were made to operate it and how often.
- Seek a medical report: Seek to be assessed by a doctor. Your doctor can then give you a comprehensive medical report which will determine the extent of your injuries, how serious your condition is and what treatment it will need. Your doctor will also be sure to advise whether or not you will be okay to work again. Not only is this important for your own physical condition, but the medical report will also help your solicitor determine the size of the white finger settlement you should receive for your vibration white finger claims.
- Receipts: If your claim for vibration white finger compensation is successful, you can claim back your expenses associated with your injuries. This could include the cost of your medical treatment and medication, associated travel expenses, care expenses (including compensation of a friend or family member who had to care for you) and the cover of at-home equipment you may need. You can also claim expenses for loss of income, a vibration white finger pension, loss of future income, or the cost of retraining for a new profession if you have to leave your current job due to your injuries.
As there are a variety of different pieces of work equipment or job roles which can lead to people developing vibration white finger, it is essential people are aware of the potential risks and take preventative steps.
Those working in construction roles, as well as any job role in which you need to use a vibrating power tool repeatedly throughout the day, daily for several hours continually, have a higher chance of developing the symptoms. How long it takes for the symptoms to present varies from person to person. For some, the symptoms may become noticeable within a couple of months or so. For others, the condition will develop over a period of several years. However, those using the equipment or working in the industries highlighted are at a greater risk of developing VWF symptoms.
Those using equipment such as hammer drills, jackhammers or other equipment that vibrate expose themselves to a greater risk of getting the condition.
If you are a construction worker or another type of worker who regularly uses vibrating power tools such as jackhammers, hammer drills, chainsaws, and sanding machines are the most vulnerable to conditions like vibration white finger. If you already suffer from a neurological or vascular condition such as Raynaud’s disease or carpal tunnel syndrome, you should avoid using vibrating power tools altogether as this can cause further damage to your already damaged cells.
Vibration white finger claims could help compensate those affected by these conditions.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of VWF, you may be entitled to a white finger compensation payout. Whether your injuries have affected a single finger, white fingers and no circulation or your entire hand and wrist area are now disabled due to your vibration injury. You could be entitled to pursue a vibration white finger claim. Trust a vibration white finger compensation solicitor from Accident Claims UK to represent your personal injury claim. To get your claim started today, call us for your free legal consultation.
We will determine whether or not you have legitimate vibration white finger claims for compensation. If you do, we will estimate how much compensation you can claim and provide you with the right solicitor to handle your claim. We can also advise you on how the government’s vibration white finger scheme works and how to claim a vibration white finger pension or related benefits. We hope that the vibration white finger injury compensation scheme will be able to assist you, in addition to the compensation you have claimed from your negligent employer.
If you make a vibration white finger claim for compensation or any other type of personal injury claim, your white finger settlement will be in two parts. The first part will be your general damages. This will be your largest white finger compensation payout which will compensate you for your injuries and the pain and suffering they have caused you. Your secondary payout will be special damages. These will compensate you for any costs associated with your injuries, such as medical expenses, travel expenses, at-home care expenses and loss of income or loss of future income. If you are no longer able to work in your chosen field due to your injuries, you could also be compensated for the cost of retraining for a new profession.
How much are vibration white finger claims worth? Have you suffered from vibration white finger? If so, use our compensation calculator to see how much compensation you could claim. The vibration white finger injury compensation amounts quoted below are based on average awards, depending on the severity of the injuries suffered. Of course, these are automatically generated compensation amounts that do not take your individual circumstances into account.
|Injury type||Severity||Settlement band||Further notes:|
|Finger injuries||Amputation of Index and Middle and/or Ring Fingers||£58,100 to £85,170||The effective or total loss of these finger(s).|
|Hand Injuries||Serious||£27,220 to £58,100||Where fingers may have been lost and reattached or otherwise function is reduced considerably.|
|Finger Injuries||Severe Fractures||Up to £34,480||Severe fractures to the fingers.|
|Hand Injuries||Less serious||£13,570 to £27,220||Where the use of hte hand is severely impaired.|
|Hand Injuries||Moderate||£5,260 to £12,460||Reduced functionality in one or both of the hands.|
|Finger Injuries||Index Finger Fracture||£8,550 to £11,480||Where the persons grip has been impaired.|
|Finger Injuries||Serious Injury to Ring or Middle Fingers||£13,970 to £15,330||There is a permanent loss of grip and dexterity.|
|Finger Injuries||Amputation of Little Finger||£8,110 to £11,490||The complete loss of this finger.|
|Finger injuries||Loss of a part of your little finger||£3,710 to £5,500||Where the tip that remains is sensitive|
If you would like a more accurate estimation of the vibration white finger injury compensation amount you could claim, call us to speak to an advisor today.
If you have suffered vibration white finger due to the negligence of your employer or another party, Accident Claims UK can help you to make a no win no fee vibration white finger claim. What does no win no fee mean? It means that your solicitor will offer you a conditional fee arrangement (CFA) so that you will only pay your solicitors fees if you win your vibration white finger compensation claim. Yes, that’s right, there’s nothing to pay unless you win, meaning there’s no financial risk to you. For many claimants, this is the less stressful and financially risky route to claiming compensation for VWF.
To enquire about No Win No Fee vibration white finger claims today, call us to speak to one of our expert legal advisors.
Why should you trust an Accident Claims UK solicitor to help you claim compensation for vibration white finger? We are a well-respected solicitor’s firm who put our clients at the centre of everything we do. If we take on your compensation claim case, we will make sure that we will fight relentlessly to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. If you think you may be due a white finger compensation payout, don’t delay.
Thank you for reading our guide to vibration white finger claims. Call us today for your free legal consultation, as we can explain what your legal rights are. If we think you have a legitimate case, we’ll get started with your claim right away. We’re looking forward to working with you.
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Vibration white finger compensation FAQs
What are the symptoms of hand-arm vibration syndrome?
Hand-arm vibration syndrome is caused by vibration and affects the hands and fingers. The common symptoms of hand-arm vibration syndrome can be painful, and over time they may be disabling. They could include:
- Numbness and tingling.
- The loss of sensitivity in the nerves of your fingers and hands.
- Fingers may become swollen in cold temperature. When warmed up, they may become red and painful.
These symptoms could be aggravated by wet and cold weather. Over time those with this condition may find that they lose both dexterity and strength in their grip. They could also find that these symptoms affect their ability to sleep.
Can self-employed people claim for white finger?
Yes, it is still possible to make such a claim so long as your condition is the result of work.
How do you treat white fingers?
You should keep your hands warm while trying to improve circulation and avoid smoking.
Why is my finger vibrating?
This could be due to stress, muscle strain or anxiety.
What does it mean when your hands feel like they are vibrating?
This means that you could have nerve damage of various severity levels.
Is white finger serious?
It’s not particularly serious, but it can cause discomfort and chills within the fingers. However, it could also potentially indicate a separate severe condition, such as an industrial injury or industrial disease.
Can vibration white finger (WHF) cause nerve damage?
This may eventually result in permanent numbness within the fingers, though this isn’t always the case.
What is phantom vibration syndrome?
This is where your nerves sense that a phone is vibrating even when this isn’t the case.
Workplaces and roles
Are some workplaces or roles more likely to lead to people developing vibration white finger or hand-arm vibration syndrome? The Health and Safety Executive has identified certain industries and roles which are more likely to lead to people suffering from this condition. These include;
- Construction and building.
- Railway maintenance and construction.
- Land management roles such as those maintaining public grounds and parks or forestry.
- Heavy engineering roles.
- Those working in concrete manufacture.
- People working in quarries and mines.
- Automotive repair and manufacture.
If you work in any of these industries and develop the symptoms above, please speak to a doctor.
Vibration White Finger Statistics
The HSE has revealed that in 2019, there were 205 new cases of hand-arm vibration syndrome. You can see how this trend has fluctuated from previous years below.
Men are more likely to suffer from this type of injury than women, with a split from 2010 to 2019 showing that over 5620 cases, there were only 15 cases of women suffering from the condition.
How to prove your injury was work-related?
If you’re considering making a claim for VWF, then you would need to be able to evidence not only that you were suffering with the condition, but also that it was work-related. To do so, you’d need to have a medical assessment as part of your claim. By seeing an independent medical professional, you’d be able to obtain a medical report to help your case. When you visit the independent medic, they will likely have reviewed any useful past medical notes. At your appointment, they would usually ask you some questions about your condition, and examine you. That way, they could ascertain the details of your condition and get enough information to write the medical report. Once your lawyer receives this, they could determine approximately how much compensation could be appropriate for your claim. If your case goes to court, the courts will need to see the evidence too. That way, they can come to an appropriate award for compensation. However, we should mention that many of these cases never reach the courts. Instead, many cases settle outside of court, via negotiations between the lawyers of both parties.
Thank you for reading our vibration white finger claims guide. We hope that you now have more awareness about vibration white finger compensation.