Vibration White Finger

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Vibration White Finger Claims

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is an industrial condition (occupational illness), known for many years as “vibration white finger”. The name of the illness was changed due to additional symptoms.

This condition affects hands, fingers, wrists and arms and it’s caused by an intense and repeated use of vibrating machinery or tools. Patients diagnosed with HAVS usually work in:

  • Factories
  • Forestry
  • Auto repair shops
  • Construction sites
  • Engineering
  • Dental care
  • Foot care
  • Public utilities (e.g. electricity, water, gas, telecommunications).

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Do you suffer from HAVS? You might be due compensation because your employer is responsible for your safety and for your health. Call our specialist solicitors on 020 8891 8002 for free advice.

Main Risk Factors

The main risk is the use of vibrating tools, such as

  • Pneumatic drills
  • Pedestal grinders
  • Hammer drills
  • Chainsaws
  • Hand-held grinders
  • Powered lawn mowers
  • Jigsaws
  • Beta-blockers
  • Smoking
  • Exposure to humid or cold climate

Basic Signs That Indicate You Might Suffer From HAVS Are:

  • Tingling; Numbness;
  • Losing strength of the arms, hands and fingers

Although HAVS can be prevented, unfortunately once you have it, there is no way back and it can lead to severe disabilities.

Employer’s Obligations

Your employer is obligated by UK laws and regulations to evaluate the risk of the tools and machinery used by his employees. The company also has to be committed to reduce workers’ exposure to HAVS risk factors and take steps in this direction, such as:

  • Bringing exposure to vibrating machinery or tools to safe levels
  • Varying the work
  • Limit the hours spent working with particular tools.

Types of Compensation You Can Receive in a HAVS Claim

If you can prove that your employer is “legally responsible” for your Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), you are entitled to a claim for compensation that should cover:

  • Loss of income (future income is also included, considering that you will not be able to work with power tools)
  • Legal costs that will go to your solicitor
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel expenses related to your treatment

The amount you can receive depends on the severity and duration of your HAVS symptoms.


How long do I have to put in a compensation claim?

Usually you have three years to start legal proceedings for personal injury, however in the case of claims related to Asbestos or delayed symptoms you would have three years from the date the symptoms / causes were identified by a professional.

If in doubt about your right to claim or if a deadline is fast approaching please call us we will be happy to look into your case.