It is common to hear Raynaud's disease being spoken of within the same realms as vibration white finger or VWF. However, being diagnosed with Raynaud's alone does not give a person any cause to instruct vibration white finger claim solicitors.
The syndrome takes its name from the French doctor who first identified it in medical literature. Raynaud's disease is typified by reduced flow of blood to the body's extremities and, in the process, constriction of blood vessels. Sufferers of the condition can develop waxy whiteness in their fingertips, ears, nose and lips. The discolouration phase is then, usually, followed by tingling and pain.
Between five and ten percent of the population are thought to suffer from Raynaud's, with the vast majority women.
Vibration white finger, a form of secondary Raynaud's
Unlike Raynaud's, vibration white finger is caused solely by exposure to vibration through the use of vibrating tools and exposure to processes; use of heavy equipment such as jackhammers, chainsaws and pneumatic drills are common factors in cases of VWF.
VWF is classed as a secondary form of Raynaud's because of the large amount of crossover in a symptomatology.
The major symptoms of VWF are "pins and needles" type sensations, muscular aches, and numbness. It can result in significantly reduced digital dexterity and may make some everyday tasks difficult or even impossible to perform.
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations require employers to follow particular rules in order to reduce exposure to workplace vibration and subsequent occurrence of the occupational hand-arm vibration disorders.
In order to protect workers, employers are obliged to act at certain vibration thresholds known as Exposure Action Values (EAVs). There are also limits, known as Exposure Limit Value (ELV) which govern the time that workers can use vibrating machinery or tools.
Help with a vibration white finger claim
Employers have a duty to protect workers, and those who develop the illness are typically entitled to sums of compensation ranging from £2,000 to £9,000.
If you have been diagnosed with vibration white finger and have an occupational history of work with riveters, jackhammers, drills, grinders, chainsaws or other vibrating tools or machinery, talk to the specialist vibration white finger claim solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co today .