Vibration white finger (VWF) is a common condition caused through repetitive use of machinery like chainsaws, pneumatic drills and power drills that cause heavy vibrations. Prolonged usage of vibrating tools damages the nerves and affects circulation in the hands.
Vibration white finger symptoms include numbness, tingling and a throbbing pain in the fingertips but it can affect other parts of fingers too. People suffering from the disease often find that their fingers turn white in cold temperatures – hence the name ‘white finger’.
The condition causes pain and discomfort to the sufferer and affects their ability to grip or handle objects. This means that their ability to do their job is affected which can causes stress and anxiety for both themselves and their family. Sometimes it can also lead to giving up working altogether.
Claiming for vibration white finger.
If you have developed VWF due to a lack of protection from your employer then you may be entitled to compensation. To find out more on claiming for vibration white finger compensation, please contact our no win no fee solicitors, who are experts in handling VWF claims. You can reach them on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances or you can contact us through our form.
If your job involves using machinery that vibrates then your employer has a duty of care to ensure that you are adequately protected against the risk of an injury at work. In an environment where people are using vibrating tools there must be safety measures in place to reduce the risk of Vibration White Finger. An employer should be aware of this risk and they can also train you to help prevent VWF as much as possible, but if they fail to do so then the consequences can be serious for everybody concerned.
Who can make a vibration white finger accident compensation claim?
Anyone who has been injured in a vibration white finger accident that wasn’t their fault can make a claim. Even if you contributed to your own accident, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if negligence of your employer is proven.
What to do after a vibration white finger accident?
If you have suffered a personal injury from a vibration work finger accident there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from the accident receive immediate medical attention. Not only for health reasons, but also because medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line.
You should also report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. By making a health and safety record of the event, you're providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.
What vibration white finger accident compensation are you entitled to?
In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:
- Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings or earning capacity
- Any future expenses as a result of the injury
- Home modification and care expenses
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, this should be taken as a guide.
How long do I have to make a vibration white finger accident claim?
A strict three-year time limit applies to making an accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there's no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
- Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
- Construction Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.
How to start a vibration white finger accident compensation claim?
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact your employer to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Questions? We'd love to hear from you
You can reach us on 0131 550 7055 to arrange a free consultation or begin a construction accident injury claim on-line.