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Vibration white finger claims

What is Vibration White Finger?

Vibration white finger is a repetitive strain injury that affects the fingers and the hands. It occurs because the small blood vessels that are found in the fingers begin to spasm, due to repetitive strain. This spasm has the effect of constricting the fingertips’ blood supply, which is why the fingertips can turn white.

As the oxygen is quickly used up in the blood, the fingers can turn from white to blue quite quickly. Once the spasm dissipates, the fingers return to their normal colour as oxygenated blood begins to circulate freely around the fingers and hand again.

Causes of Vibration White Finger

Spasms can occur because of a number of reasons. If the spasms occur because of drugs or physiological issues the condition is named Raynaud’s Disease. If the spasms occur because of the impact of a trauma, the condition is named Raynaud’s Phenomenon.

Symptoms can include a numbing sensation, tingling and/or pain. These symptoms normally occur at the time a spasm is underway, and subside once the spasm has dissipated.

Spasms normally occur when your fingers are exposed to cold conditions. If you try to warm up your hand during a spasm it will therefore often help subside the pain. One of the biggest causes of work-related vibration white finger is from working and using hand-held vibrating machinery. This could include drills, jack hammers, lawnmowers and chainsaws.

Vibration white finger can also be a symptom of a more severe repetitive strain injury, known as hand arm vibrating syndrome. Although the direct link is uncertain, it is believed that the vibrating machinery causes small injuries to the blood vessels and nerves in the fingers, which build up and get worse over time.

Making a Claim

Operating vibrating machinery is one of the main causes of vibration white finger. If you are employed in this type of work and suffer from this condition there is therefore a good chance that it has developed as a result of your employment.

If you believe you have suffered vibration white finger as a result of an injury at work, or specifically due to your employer’s negligence, you may be able to make a claim for your injury. Depending on the severity of your injury, you will receive compensation if you are successful with your case.

Claims should be pursued as soon as possible, or as soon as you have been diagnosed with the condition. If you wait too long, your claim will be statute barred. For you to succeed in your claim, you will have to demonstrate that your condition developed as a result of the negligence of your employer. Your employer owes you a duty of care. If it can be proved that their negligence was the reason for your injury, they will have breached this duty, which means you will be entitled to compensation for this breach.

Legal Fees and Compensation

The compensation you will gain will vary depending on how serious your injury is. If you pursue your claim using a ‘no win no fee’ pay structure you will not be responsible for our legal fees if you are unsuccessful with your case.

If you are successful with your claim you normally get to retain 100% of your compensation, as the legal costs are recovered from the other party.

Contact us to find out how we can help with your claim.

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