Vibration White Finger (VWF):
What is Vibration white finger?
Vibration white finger (also referred to as VWF) is associated to an industrial injury which mostly affects those who operate vibrating machinery, it is where the blood vessels in the finger/ hand compress and reduce the blood flow. The condition can affect the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and joints and in the arms, hands and wrists. If you or anyone you know are diagnosed as suffering from Vibration white finger due to the use of vibrating power tools at work, you could make a claim of personal injury for compensation.
Over the years, many victims have made successful entitlements of compensation, as VWF is a debilitating condition that affects the supply of blood and nerves to the fingers. It causes tingling, numbness and whitening of the skin, and employees in the following industries are mostly at risk:
- Road maintenance
- Grounds maintenance
If you require any help, guidance or advice regarding a personal injury claim for Vibration white finger Compensation, you can contact Grieves Solicitors, as we will only be too happy to help.
What causes VWF:
Vibration White finger syndrome is sometimes referred to as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome or HAVS, Vibration White Finger (VWF) is an industrial injury which mostly affects those who operate vibrating machinery and such, certain industries in particular have given rise to loads of claims, this includes the coal mining industry as well as the industrial building. Those most at risk from developing VWF are those who use vibrating power tools or machines regularly, examples include:
- Pneumatic drills.
- Concrete breakers.
- Hammer drills.
- Hedge trimmers.
You may be entitled to claim for compensation if you have developed VWF and it is as a result of using power tools at work. Employers have a duty of care to ensure they protect their employees from Vibration White Finger, and those who do not safeguard their workers could be prosecuted as a consequence.
How much could you claim?
Many people have made successful claims for compensation since the 1970s, when it was accepted that VWF could be caused by use of vibrating power tools.
The amount of compensation paid out is dependent on the severity of the ailment and how much it has impacted the individual's life.
A typical compensation amount is between £2,500 and £15,000, depending on the number of fingers affected, the age of the victim and the severity of the symptoms.
The total amount of compensation you receive also depends on aspects of special damages, which includes financial loss and expenses which you may have endured as a consequence of the injury, these have yet still to be considered. Therefore it is significant for you to contact Grieves Solicitors for a full consultation and what you could expect to receive.
How to make an injury claim with us:
Before starting your claim, you can contact us and speak to one of our personal injury specialists. We will help guide you through the step by step process and the strength of your claim as well as offer you advice on the most appropriate course of action for you to take.
Contact Grieves Solicitors:
We understand making a personal injury claim may seem intimidating at first but we are happy to talk over any queries or concerns with you to put at ease any fears you may have about bringing a compensation claim.
If you or someone you know is affected by Vibration white finger you can speak to one of our expert solicitors for comprehensive legal advice. Get in touch by calling us on >0800 0747 644, or by completing our online contact form.