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Being exposed to vibration can risk damage being done to nerves, blood vessels and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. Particularly if you work regularly with hand held power tools, or other vibration equipment for more than a few hours each day.
At NewLaw we understand and have many years of experience in dealing with claims for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, or Vibration White Finger as it is more commonly referred to. It is an industrial injury that is triggered by the use of, or being exposed to vibration. The results can be damaging and lead to sufferers needing long term care and treatment. It can often result in the need to find alternative employment, which can cause hardship, anxiety and frustration, to say the least.
Our experienced solicitors handle each case individually, with care and compassion, and understand the problems that can be linked to symptoms caused by vibration damage. As well as helping with your claim, we can also assist with medical support and treatment if necessary, and use the services of our colleagues, such as our Welfare Managers in providing advice on welfare and benefits.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is the collective name for injuries to blood vessels, nerves and muscles caused by hand transmitted vibration. Typical symptoms can include:
In more serious cases this can result in:
Vibration white finger could happen more frequently and affect more of your fingers.
Our solicitors will investigate your claim thoroughly and with care, in order to establish breach of duty. We will investigate whether the vibration was excessive, and if your employer failed to take appropriate and necessary measures to reduce the risk of injury to an appropriate level.
An employer will need to show that they have taken reasonable steps to control exposure to vibration if they are to avoid liability, such as:
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