Hand/arm vibration syndrome, or HAVS, is unlike many other personal injuries in that rather than being caused by a single event or accident it usually occurs as a result of prolonged exposure to intense vibration over a long period of time.
Also known as vibration white finger because of the common tendency for fingers to turn white due to lack of oxygen, hand/arm vibration syndrome can be a debilitating and distressing condition. Other symptoms include loss of feeling and tingling sensations in the fingers and hands, aching in the hands and arms and substantial loss of manual dexterity. If you are currently unsure if you are suffering from HAVS, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis.
Who gets HAVS?
Those most at risk of developing HAVS include anyone who works with heavy machinery and industrial vehicles such as construction workers, manufacture plant and factory operatives. However, HAVS doesn’t occur overnight, and most cases it is something that worsens over time. Most victims of HAVS have spent at least 10 years using vibrating tools and heavy equipment on a regular basis. Although the exact underlying reason for the condition remains uncertain, it is widely believed to be a result of repeated damage to nerves and blood vessels.
Don’t suffer in silence
If you’re one of many workers in the UK suffering from HAVS, then you know how much of an impact it can have on your life, both at work and at home. Fortunately, it is possible to claim for financial compensation to help you with your condition.
HAVS has been an officially recognised condition for decades and so workplace health and safety regulations show a duty of care for employers to take all necessary and possible steps to protect their workers from developing the condition. If your employer can be proven to have breached this duty of care by allowing you to be exposed to unacceptable levels of vibration, then you could be entitled to compensation.
How can you claim?
The exact amount of compensation you can claim will vary, depending on the extent of your condition and your personal circumstances. But if you entrust your claim to the personal injury experts at Injury Lawyers 4U we will ensure that you get the maximum compensation that you are entitled to. Your compensation may cover the suffering caused by the injury itself, as well as any loss of earnings and the cost of any specialist medical treatments.
No win, no fee – no risk
We work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, so in general in the event that your claim is unsuccessful, you’ll have nothing to pay.
To discuss your claim in complete confidence today and get an idea of what you could be entitled to, contact Injury Lawyers 4U on 0845 345 4444, or fill in the contact form on the right and we’ll call you back.