A Guide To Vibration White Finger Injuries – How Much Compensation Can You Claim?

In the sections that follow, you will read a full guide to making a compensation claim for a vibration white finger (VWF) injury. Within this guide, you will learn about many of the causes of this condition, and why you may be eligible to make a claim for it. We also cover employers’ liability, and how to get your claim started.

If you need some advice about making your claim or have any other kind of question, please speak to one of our claims team on 0161 696 9685. They will be able to explain how we can assist with your claim and answer any questions that you might have.

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A Guide To Vibration White Finger Injury Claims

Vibration white finger compensation claims guide

Vibration white finger compensation claims guide

The goal of this guide is to provide you with all of the information that you need to know about the process of making a personal injury claim for VWF. This is so that you will have all the tools you need to make the best choices for you when it comes to making a claim. We’ll cover information such as:

  • A basic definition of what the medical condition known as vibration white finger is, and how it can have a profound effect upon the life of the sufferer. We also give a basic overview of the concepts of eligibility (being able to make a claim), and liability (who you might be able to claim against).
  • A table that details typical compensation ranges for VWF. This table includes entries for several different levels of severity of this medical condition.
  • A list of the most commonly awarded types of damages that a settlement for VWF could consist of. This covers both general damages and special damages.
  • Details of many of the main symptoms of VWF that can manifest, either occasionally or permanently, their severity of and how advanced the condition may be.
  • A list of many of the most common ways that VWF is caused, as well as where/when/why they are encountered.
  • A list of many of the most common jobs for which VWF is an occupational hazard. Also, the types of equipment that can cause VWF when they are used for a prolonged time frame.
  • A list of ways that the risk of VWF can be reduced, and some best practices to minimise damage while working.
  • Several key statistics that relate to cases of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) in the UK, with a focus on workplace injuries.
  • A list of steps that a newly diagnosed VWF sufferer can take that will ensure that they are well prepared for making a compensation claim.
  • Information about the personal injury claim time limits that are in place and which you are going to need to begin your claim within in order to be eligible for compensation.
  • An overview of the process for starting your work-related illness claim, and how we can simplify the whole process, and get your claims started right away.
  • An introduction to the national claims service that we offer to people all across the UK. This is an effective way to have your workplace injury claim processed, at absolutely no financial risk to yourself.

If you need more information on any of the topics covered in this guide, or simply need some advice on how best to proceed with your claim, then call our claims team on the number at the bottom of the page. They will be able to provide you with the assistance that you need.

What Is ‘Vibration White Finger’?

Vibration white finger is a medical condition that is caused by regularly using equipment or performing a task that exposes the hands, wrists and arms to some form of constant vibration. The onset of VWF is often marked by the tips of one or more fingers turning white. This will primarily occur when the hands become cold or wet. Later stage VFW can result in numbness of the fingers, and also weakening of the grip. In the worst cases, the fingers can turn deep red and be extremely painful.

Continuously performing tasks that expose the hands to vibration can damage joints, blood vessels and nerves. This damage cannot be reversed. Damage can be prevented by taking the correct precautions, as laid out in the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.

If you have been exposed to the kind of activities and equipment that can cause VWF, then we could be able to help you to make a work-related illness claim. Talk to a member of our claims team to find out how.

How Much Compensation Do You Get For Vibration White Finger?

Whilst you could possibly use a vibration white finger compensation calculator to get a rough idea of how much you could be able to claim for, the table below gives an estimate of compensation ranges paid for different levels of severity.

InjurySeverityNotesCompensation
VWFMinorSymptoms will only manifest now and then, and will not affect all fingers at once. There will be very little impact on either the work or home life of the victim.£2,810 to £8,110
VWFModerateThese will generally be middle ages claimants, who have worked in a job causing vibration for a long time. In cold weather, the symptoms would be much more pronounced.£8,110 to £15,740
VWFSeriousSymptoms will only manifest very frequently, and will affect some or all fingers at once. There will a significant impact on both the work or home life of the victim.£15,740 to £29,690
VWFMost seriousA younger person, with very severe and permanent symptoms. A severe effect on home life, and the need to change employment due to inability to perform the current type of work.£29,690 to £36,060

Instead of using an online personal injury claims calculator, you also have the option of speaking to one of our claim advisors. When you do, explain your claim to them and they will be able to give you a pretty accurate estimate of the level of compensation that you could be able to recover.

What Do White Finger Compensation Payouts Include?

When it comes to calculating vibration white finger compensation amounts, the total you receive as a settlement will depend upon the types of damages the settlement consists of. There are many common types of damages, covering both physical harm and also financial and other losses. Let’s look at them in more detail.

General damages

General damages are intended to compensate you for any loss of amenity, suffering and importantly the pain you endured because of your injuries. Specifically, general damages accounts for:

  • Pain and suffering of the initial medical condition and also its treatment.
  • Mental trauma attached to being diagnosed with a non-recoverable condition.
  • Psychological damage such as depression, anxiety and new phobias.
  • Painful recovery and extended treatment.
  • Permanent disability or loss of functionality in the hands.

Special damages

The purpose of special damages is not only to restore you to the financial position you were in before you developed the condition, but also to account for any long-term financial impacts your VWF might have. You can claim for the likes of:

  • Travel tickets if you had to travel to get treatment for your condition.
  • Medical fees if you had to pay for some kind of private healthcare.
  • Care costs if you had to hire a nurse or a home helper to assist you.
  • Loss of current earnings if you have missed work and lost out on wages/salary.
  • Lowered earning potential if you will not be able to do the same job in the future, or possibly not able to work full-time or even at all.

Vibration White Finger Symptoms Checker

To answer the question, “what are the symptoms of vibration white finger?” then we could say that if you used a standard vibration white finger symptoms checker, you would find two levels of symptoms: early-stage and late-stage.

  • Early-stage VWF symptoms:
    • Pins and needles, numbness or a tingling sensation in the fingers.
    • A loss of feeling in the tips of the fingers.
    • A general weakening of the grip in the affected hand.
    • When your fingers are cold and wet, the tips will go white, and then possibly turn red and become painful.
  • Late-stage VWF symptoms:
    • The numbness in the hands will become permanent, as will loss of feeling.
    • It will become increasingly difficult to pick up small items such as coins, nails, pins, etc.
    • The attacks will become more frequent, eventually being a permanent daily occurrence.

If these symptoms match your own, then we recommend that you see a doctor as soon as possible. Once you have seen a doctor, contact our claims team to learn how we can assist you in getting the compensation you are eligible for.

Causes Of Vibration White Finger Injuries

Hand-Arm Vibrations Syndrome (HAVS), the overall group of medical conditions that includes Vibration White Finger (VWF), is recognised as being a widespread industrial disease. Therefore, it should be no surprise to hear that vibration white finger compensation cases are also very common.

This is a medical condition that affects all parts of the hand, including the joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Furthermore, once the damage is done, it cannot be repaired. The primary cause of VWF is constant and repeated exposure to vibration within the 5 to 2000 Hz frequency range. However, the really dangerous frequency range is within 50 to 300 Hz. Safety guidelines, such as those laid out in the ISO 5349-1 safety standards, states that the 8 to 16 Hz range should also be considered high risk.

If you have suffered from VWF due to your employer not following safety standards, then a personal injury lawyer could be able to process a compensation claim for you.

Jobs And Equipment Which Can Cause VWF Injuries

To answer the question, “can you still claim for vibration white finger?” then the answer is yes you can, as long as you can prove that your employer was the underlying cause. There are a number of jobs/industries that have historically carried a high risk of VWF, and these are:

  • Shipbuilders, shipwrights and ship repair.
  • Working for a gas, electricity, or water company.
  • Car repairs and manufacture.
  • Working in a mine or quarry.
  • Working at a concrete plant.
  • All forms of heavy industry.
  • Working at a foundry.
  • Working as a forester.
  • Working as a groundsman or estate manager.
  • Heavy construction.
  • Road and railway maintenance.

There are also a large number of different types of equipment that have been proven to cause VWF, some of these being:

  • A strimmer or lawnmower.
  • Scabblers.
  • Power sanders.
  • Power chisels and power hammers.
  • Rotary polishers.
  • Pedestal grinders.
  • A jigsaw or fretsaw.
  • Impact wrenches.
  • Hand-held grinders.
  • Jackhammers.
  • Breakers.
  • Whackers or whacker plates.
  • Chainsaws (fuelled or electrical).

If you have had to use equipment like this at work, and this has caused VWF, then we could be able to help you make a work-related illness claim.

How To Prevent Hand Arm Vibration Injuries

Although there is no vibration white finger treatment that can reverse the damage, there are plenty of preventative measures that can be taken to minimise the risk of developing it in the first place, and this includes:

  • Always try to find low vibration variants of tools.
  • Use the correct tool for the task at hand.
  • Be sure to maintain tools correctly.
  • Keep saws and other cutting tools sharp.
  • Keep tool usage to a minimum.
  • Make sure that your workplace is warm.
  • Use anti-vibration gloves.
  • Employers should carry out annual health screenings of their employees to see if there are any signs of them developing symptoms of HAVS.

These are the kinds of preventative measures that will minimise the risk of you contracting VWF or some other HAVS-related medical condition.

HAVS Facts And Statistics

Vibration white finger injury statistics

Vibration white finger injury statistics

When it comes to vibration white finger compensation claims, it is interesting to note some of the key government statistics. For example, based on 2006 data, the single industry with the most reported cases of VFW is utilities (energy, water, gas, etc.). There were around 22 cases of VWF per 100,000 employees in this industry. Other high-risk industries are manufacturing (7.6 cases per 100,000) and construction (7.3 cases per 100,000). If you happen to be one of the unfortunate few whose employers did not give you the protection they should have, then a personal injury solicitor could be able to process a compensation claim for you.

I Have Been Diagnosed With Vibration White Finger, What Should I Do?

Before you seek a vibration white finger compensation solicitor to process your claim for you, there are a number of things that you can do to streamline the process of making a claim, and these are:

  • Take photographs to support your claim. For example, of any faulty equipment you have had to use, or if you experience an episode of blanching (whitening of the fingers), take pictures of that too.
  • If any of your work colleagues can support your claim by confirming how your condition was contracted, get their contact details so they can be used as witnesses later.
  • Make sure that you have reported your condition to your employer, and followed all the proper rules for taking time away from work when you are sick.
  • Make sure that you see a doctor about your condition, and that the doctor can support the claim by proving you have contracted VWF.

Steps like these will make processing your claim simpler. If you are ready to move forward with your claim, talk to one of our claims team today.

Personal Injury Claim Time Limits

Personal injury claim time limit

Personal injury claim time limit

There is a specific personal injury claims time limit in place, and you must begin your claim within this time limit to be eligible for compensation. The table below details the general time limits.

Circumstances of ClaimTime Limit
If you were 18 or older at the time your workplace illness was diagnosed.Three years from the date of diagnosis.
If you were less than 18 years old when your workplace illness was diagnosed.Three years from your 18 th birthday.

In some cases, this time limit can differ, in certain special circumstances. To find out if any of these apply in your own claim for compensation for vibration white finger, speak to one of our claims team.

How To Claim For Injuries To You Hands And Fingers At Work

Starting a vibration injury claim is very simple. We have an easy to understand claims process. Speak to one of our claim advisors, and they will go over your claim with you, and then discuss your legal options. Once they know a little about your claim, they will offer you some free legal advice on how to proceed with a claim today.

No Win No Fee Vibration White Finger Injury Claims

Under our national No Win No Fee claims service, we don’t charge anything for the legal advice we give. We can put you in touch with a specialist VWF solicitor from our panel who would work on your case on a No Win No Fee basis.  They would not charge you any fees at the outset, nor as they process your claim, even if this takes some time. If they can’t get you any compensation, then they still charge nothing at all. You only pay a fee if they have received a compensation payment on your behalf. At this stage, they will take their fee from the money received, which works out as a modest percentage, capped by law, so you won’t have to worry about giving away your compensation. So this really is a financially risk-free way for you to have your claim processed.

How Our Advisors Can Help You

Although there is no real average compensation for vibration white finger, we can give you a pretty good estimate of how much you might claim if you give us a call. We will always try and get you the most compensation that we can, and do all that is within our power to make sure your claim is successful. We use plain English with no legal jargon to make sure you always understand what we are doing on your behalf. The simple three-step process below shows how easy it is to start a claim with us.

Contact our team by email, phone, or post.Our team will assess your claim.Once you are ready, we can then start your claim.

Contact Us

Do you have questions such as, “can I claim compensation for vibration white finger?” Or are you simply ready to move on to making your claim right now? If so, speak to one of our claim advisors on 0161 696 9685, and they will get your claim started right away.

Claims Resources And Health Care Advice

The links below might be useful, as they give relevant information:

UK Health & Safety statistics for HAV

UK Government information on the symptoms of VWF

H&SE information on how vibration affects your hands

Workplace Rights 

No Win No Fee Claims

 

Written by CR

Edited by DEG