Vibration white finger (VWF), or hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), is an industrial disease affecting workers who are frequently exposed to high levels of vibration. Unfortunately, it is a permanent condition with no known cure, leaving sufferers in debilitating pain and often unable to work. VWF is also associated with Raynaud’s phenomenon.
VWF most often occurs in people who have worked with vibrating tools over a long period of time. If you are suffering from vibration white finger, and you feel your job is to blame, you may be entitled to compensation based on poor health and safety in the work place.
Many VWF sufferers are forced to retrain, seek early retirement or are simply unable to work making it difficult to support themselves and their family. Compensation can go a long way towards easing the financial burdens a long term condition can cause.
For more information speak to one of our industrial disease specialists on 0800 10 757 95.
The symptoms for VWF can be seen in the fingers; as well as becoming numb and turning white, they may spasm due to sporadic lack of blood supply.
The main symptoms of VWF to spot in the hands, fingers and arms include:
Workers in construction and mining industries who use vibrating machinery and tools in cold temperatures are most at risk of developing serious symptoms of vibration white finger. In extreme cases tradesmen who work under these severe conditions may lose their fingers.
If you have been diagnosed with, or are suffering the symptoms of VWF talk to a solicitor today.
The amount of compensation you could be awarded for VWF varies, but in cases where a worker has lost a finger, our experienced solicitors have been able to secure compensation claim awards of as much as £20,000.
If it is possible to show that your employer is responsible for symptoms of VWF or Raynaud’s phenomenon, whether through bad training programmes, negligence towards you, or by supplying sub-standard equipment, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.
Our team of industrial disease specialists excels in providing professional, sensitive and successful representation alongside expert and impartial advice. We strive to deliver the very best results for every client who has suffered from an industrial disease or accident.