Vibration White Finger (VWF), also known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), is an industrial injury normally caused by using hand operated power tools and is common in industries such as coal mining and construction. It results in a tingling or cold sensation, numbness or discolouring of the fingers and general lack of dexterity or grip and aches and pains throughout the hand and arm. It is called VWF because its symptoms are suspected to be caused by the effect on the blood and nerves from the vibration from the tools. VWF is usually an injury caused during the course of employment and therefore most VWF compensation claims are made by employees against their employers as employers have a duty of care towards the health and safety of their employees.
To limit employees from making compensation claims employers should take positive action to prevent injury including: encouraging regular rest breaks, providing anti-vibration gloves, providing training, providing the correct tools and maintaining them. Employees can also take positive action if they feel they are developing the symptoms of VWF by making their symptoms known to their employer, reducing the amount they use power tools and by not smoking which will help blood flow. An employee should also seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Vibration White Finger Compensation
Obviously the longer one works with power tools the more serious VWF can be and therefore the more compensation the employee will be able to claim. Minor VWF can result in compensation of up to £5,000, whilst serious VWF cases can result in compensation of up to £25,000. Once liability has been established, the amount of compensation that can be claimed will be negotiated by the employee’s personal injury solicitor** and will be paid by the employer’s insurance company. It is important that the employee appoints a personal injury solicitor** in Leeds within three years of the date of the accident to ensure they are within the time limits for bringing a claim and most Leeds personal injury solicitors** will deal with the case on a no win no fee* basis regardless of whether the case is successful or not.
Vibration White Finger Injury Claims Lawyers Leeds
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**We have a team of technical claims qualifiers who will speak with you and if you have, in our opinion, a valid claim we can refer your case to one of the personal injury solicitors on our panel.