If you have been affected by the industrial injury known as vibration white finger (VWF) or hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) you will probably have noticed changes in the sensory perception in your hands; numbness, weakness and possibly even bouts of very noticeable white finger. Vibration and use of vibrating tools may well have played a part in the injury and, if this is the case, the personal injury solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co. can assist you in making a claim for compensation which could help you get the treatment you need or enable you to retrain for a different job.
Treatment of vibration white finger
Unfortunately, there is no recognised cure for VWF and HAVS, but there are a number of treatments and lifestyle choices which can help alleviate the symptoms.
- Stop using vibrating equipment – You may have to consider a change of career or, at the very least, ask your employer to obtain low-vibration tools which should be used only for limited amounts of time.
- Stop smoking – Chemicals in tobacco products make VWF symptoms worse because they cause the tiny blood vessels in the body to narrow. As reduced bloodflow to the extremities is a major cause of white finger, it is best to avoid any activity which will exacerbate the condition.
- Medication – There are certain medicines which can help sufferers with severe symptoms. These work by dilating the narrowed blood vessels. However, you should always consult your doctor before taking any medicines.
- Contra-indication of medication – Medicines such as beta-blockers, decongestants and migraine treatments may trigger bouts of white finger. Plus, caffeine may also make symptoms worse and so cutting out things like tea, coffee and cola drinks may be helpful. Once again, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and how any contra-indicating drugs you are taking may be reduced or changed.
- Keep warm – Cold weather and chilly conditions are a major trigger for bouts of white finger and the associated pain, numbness and debilitating tingling. Gloves are essential and sufferers should try to keep as warm as possible in windy weather or at colder temperatures.
- Modify behaviour – It may be easier said than done for some, but keeping fit and eating healthily can really help in the alleviation of general symptoms of VWF. However, small modifications in day-to-day life can also help; such as putting gloves on when handling frozen food and not touching cold items, such as metal tools on a cold day.
Claim industrial injury compensation with Seth Lovis & Co
Whether you now suffer from VWF or HAVS caused by using vibrating machinery, or have been affected by any power tool-related injury, the personal injury solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co have the experience and expertise to help you.
We will listen carefully to an explanation of your circumstances and then advise you on the most suitable course of action if you should decide to go ahead with a claim for industrial injury compensation.
To speak to a member of our friendly team why not call us today on 0808 252 0678 or start your claim now by filling in our online form.
We look forward to assisting you.