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Vibration white finger (VWF) claims

Also known as white finger or hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), if you have developed this condition because of your work, then you may be able to make a compensation claim.

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What is white finger?

Vibration white finger is a type of repetitive strain injury (RSI), common to a lot of industry workers. VWF is considered to be a secondary form of Raynaud’s syndrome.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimate that almost 2 million people are at risk of developing this industrial illness.

What causes VWF?

White finger is caused by continuous use of vibrating hand-held power tools, such as drills. The repeated hand arm vibrations affect the joints, nerves and blood vessels of the hand, wrist and forearm.

Symptoms include:

  • Finger tips and/or fingers change colour – whiteness and redness
  • Throbbing, numbness or pain and tingling in the fingers
  • Loss of dexterity or grip in cold temperatures or wet conditions.

Where exposure is continued, HAVS can worsen and even cause permanent disability.

The damage to nerves and blood vessels can build up over time, so symptoms can appear months, or even years, after you’ve used vibrating machinery.

Common causes of white finger include the use of:

  • Concrete breakers
  • Sanders, grinders & disc cutters
  • Hammer or pneumatic drills
  • Chipping hammers
  • Chainsaws & hedge trimmers
  • Powered mowers
  • Needle guns
  • Pedestal grinders
  • Hammer action tools

Why make a  white finger compensation claim?

Industrial injuries in the workplace are preventable and your employer has a duty of care to protect you.  White finger can be painful and have a serious impact on your day-to-day life.

Compensation will not only allow you to pay for any medical costs, treatments and ongoing therapies, it may also bring the issue to light and prevent it happening to other workers. More about making a claim

How the claim process works

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You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

Firstly we have very experienced advisers who will be able to tell you whether you are likely to have a claim, and explain how it all works, including our No Win No Fee services.  If you decide to take it further, they will match you with an industrial disease law specialist who will help you build a case and file for industrial disease compensation.

Our experts know the ins and outs of industrial compensation claims and will be with you every step of the way through the claims process.

How much compensation will I receive for a vibration white finger claim?

Vibration white finger compensation amounts depend on the severity, level of disability and the impact it has had on your work and social life.  For example, as guidance, minor symptoms with only a modest effect on your lifestyle can get in the range of £2,620 to £7,580. Whereas the most serious cases where there is significant impact on daily life and employment could be awarded £27,740 to £33,700.

Is there a time limit for making a vibration white finger claim?

You usually have three years from the date of your diagnosis to make a HAVS compensation claim.  There are some exceptions, so get in touch if you’d like us to advise you on your particular circumstances.

I think I have a white finger claim, what do I do next?

First, get in touch for an initial chat, free of charge.  You can phone us using the numbers at the top of the screen, request a callback, or just complete our online form.  One of our advisers will be in touch to discuss whether you have a claim and tell you about our No Win No Fee services.

There is no hard-sell and you are under no obligation to proceed unless you are happy to do so.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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I was injured at work. Can my employer sack me for making a claim?

No, your employer cannot legally dismiss you because you have made a claim against them.

It is illegal for an employer to fire one of their employees if they are injured at work and make a claim against them.

This means that anyone who needs to make a claim against their employer as a result of an accident at work can do so without fear of negative consequences.

Employees are fully within their rights to claim compensation should they sustain injuries as a result of an accident in the workplace.

If you’ve sustained an injury at work which has either prevented you from working or generally hindered your enjoyment of life, it’s only right you claim the compensation you deserve.  Your employer should have insurances in place to cover this kind of event.

I'm nervous about claiming against my employer. Should I be worried?

It’s understandable that you might feel anxious about bringing a claim against your employer.

Many people are concerned that their employer will be so aggrieved about their decision to make a claim due to an accident at work that they will terminate their employment.

However, taking this sort of action against any employee making a claim is actually illegal and you may have reasonable grounds to start unfair dismissal proceedings against them.

Should you fall victim to an accident at work, you shouldn’t have to worry about what your employer would think about you making a claim.

It’s their responsibility to ensure that your workplace is a safe, clean environment that is free from hazards which could harm your health and well-being.

With one of our solicitors by your side, making a claim against your employer won’t be a problem and you can be rest assured that your case is in the best possible hands.

Our solicitors understand that many people have these concerns regarding their employers, and will always deal with your case sympathetically.

Can I claim for lost wages due to an accident at work?

Yes, you can claim for any wages you have lost if you’ve been unable to work due to an accident at work.

Often the injury or illness you’ve suffered can mean taking time off work to recover and compensation can include money that you would have earned if you’d been able to attend work as normal.

In addition to claiming for lost wages, it’s also possible to claim for medical bills and prescription medicine such as painkillers, as well as physical damage or psychological damage caused by the accident. For example, psychological damage might include accident-related stress and anxiety.

Does my working environment affect my ability to claim?

The type of environment you work in shouldn’t affect your ability to claim, but it may affect the types of claim that can be brought forward.

For instance, certain circumstances causing injury may not be avoidable as part of the role, meaning your employers may not be liable.

It’s essential that you seek expert legal guidance before starting a claim, or you could end up out of pocket.

Our expert injury solicitors understand the law, and can find out if you have a basis for a claim – no matter what workplace you work in.

What if I'm self employed? Can I still claim?

It depends.  In many industries, workers will be technically self-employed, while working under the umbrella of another company. In these circumstances they are likely to have a duty of care to you.  This includes construction workers, electricians, plumbers, contractors etc.

It’s not always obvious who can claim (and who you can claim against), but our legal advisors will give you free legal advice about it.  Just get in touch.

What other expenses can I claim for?

You can claim for all out of pocket expenses associated with your injury, such as; lost income, medical bills, prescriptions and travel to and from medical appointments. In addition you can claim for adaptations you needed to make to your home.

Is there a time limit for an industrial disease claim?

Although personal injury claims should usually be made within three years, industrial disease is different.

Symptoms can take months or years to emerge, so generally the time limit starts from the date of knowledge, such as when you receive a diagnosis.

Cases vary greatly, depending on the illness and the circumstances, so please get in touch with us and we can tailor the advice to your specific circumstances.

How does No Win No Fee work?

If you win, our solicitors take a percentage of the final compensation up to 25%, and this will be discussed with you before the process begins so that there are no unexpected costs at the end. 

If you lose your case, you do not pay your solicitor any legal fees for the work they've carried out on your behalf.

Are there any catches to No Win No Fee?

No, there are no 'catches'.  Although there are some exceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee does what it says on the tin: if you don’t win, you don’t pay the solicitor's legal fees.

When discussing your claim, our advisors will be able to assess whether these exceptions apply to you. We’ll always be transparent, so you can be confident that we won’t land you with any hidden costs.

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

What percentage do solicitors take out of my compensation?

Our solicitors may take up to 25% of any compensation they win for you.

However, they will discuss the exact percentage that will be deducted prior to any work happening.

At this stage you are under no obligation to choose a First4Lawyers solicitor.  More about making a claim

Who pays the other side's costs?

As part of a conditional - No Win No Fee arrangement, any costs are covered by either arranging an insurance policy, or by using any existing legal expenses cover you may have.

The solicitor will discuss any need for, and the suitability of, any insurance with you.  

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What is an industrial disease?

If your workplace has caused you to be ill, you may have an industrial disease claim. (Duration - 2:08)

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