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Vibration white finger (VWF), also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), is an extremely common condition often caused by regular exposure to certain types of machinery. The effects of this ailment are sometimes serious, potentially preventing individuals from feeling any sensations in their hands. Yet, if you were diagnosed with VWF, the industrial injury department at Seth Lovis & Co could help you claim compensation.

Vibrating tools can cause VWFWhat is vibration white finger?

When an individual regularly uses vibrating machinery, the tremors from this device can travel into their hand and arm. As a result, this could damage blood vessels, hinder circulation, and harm nerves, potentially causing VWF.

The effects of this condition can also include:

  • A tingling sensation in the fingers.
  • A lack of feeling or complete numbness in these extremities.
  • Losing strength around the affected area – preventing the lifting of heavy objects.
  • Finger tips turning white, reddening, and then becoming very painful during cold or wet weather.

If a person with VWF continues to use hand-held machinery, their condition could deteriorate until these symptoms become more severe – or even permanent.

Are you at risk of developing vibration white finger?

Generally speaking, you are in danger of developing VWF if you regularly use any type of hand-held vibrating machinery. However, the Health and Safety Executive has published a list of devices which could carry the greatest risks, such as:

  • Chainsaws.
  • Hammer-action drills
  • Grinders
  • Concrete breakers
  • Pedestal grinders
  • Rotary tools

Employers must – under The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 – reasonably prevent staff members from developing conditions such as VWF in the workplace. Despite this, numerous employees are still diagnosed with vibration white finger annually.

If the negligence of your manager resulted in you developing VWF, you should contact Seth Lovis & Co today to find out if you could benefit through one of our specialist solicitors.

How could Seth Lovis & Co help you?

Our legal team has helped many individuals claim compensation for conditions such as VWF – and their expertise could benefit you as well.

The solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co strive to help individuals receive the maximum amount of damages in order to fund treatment costs, rehabilitation fees, as well as any lost earnings.

You are under no obligation to make a claim for vibration white finger and we will never pressure you to do so. However, if you would like to speak with one of our expert solicitors, contact us today on 0808 252 0678 or get in touch through an online enquiry form.

Our team are ready to discuss your circumstances in more detail.

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