Hand and Arm Vibration Syndrome Compensation Claims
If you have used vibrating tools or machinery in the workplace and have been diagnosed with the industrial injury known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) in the last 3 years, you may be entitled to claim compensation for any pain, expenses, losses, and reduced quality of life you have sustained as a result. Hand-arm vibration syndrome, or HAVS occurs as a result of prolonged exposure to intense vibration over a long period of time, such as:
- Concrete breakers, sanders, grinders, disc cutters
- Chainsaws, hammer/pneumatic drills, hedge trimmers
- Needle guns
- Powered mowers or strimmers
- Other rotary equipment/tools (for more than 1 hour per day)
Also known as vibration white finger (VWF) 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. The typical symptoms include:
- Whitening of fingers and hands
- Tingling sensations
- Numbness or coldness
- General weakness in affected areas
- Extreme sensitivity to cold, manifest in a worsening of symptoms
- Loss of manual dexterity
HAVS may not be the most debilitating industrial accident people claim for; however, it can still affect how people can use their hands and arms, limiting mobility for hours at a time. It is also preventable, so if you suffer from Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
What is a HAVS Claim?
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 stipulate that employers have a responsibility to protect their employees; placing a a duty on employers to minimise the risks associated with hand-operated vibration machinery including power tools. Under the Regulations, your employer should take steps to reduce the risk to of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome, such as:
- Providing the right tools, suitable for the jobs/tasks your assigned to
- Providing regular breaks from using vibrating machinery and tools
- Providing protective anti-vibration gloves
- Providing training on the correct use of vibration tools and machinery
An employer who is proven to have breached the Regulations may be held liable in a Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome compensation claim.
Claiming Compensation for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome
If you have been diagnosed with HAVS within the last 3 years, the first step in a successful claim for hand-arm vibration compensation is to get in touch with The Compensation Experts. Our friendly advisors will find out more about the circumstances around your injury to determine whether you have reasonable grounds for a claim. If so, they will then match you with a suitable personal injury solicitor who has the experience and knowledge to get the best possible result for you.
As the claimant, it is your responsibility to prove not only have you been injured, but that your employer was responsible for your injury either through negligence or error. Our solicitors will be able to do the majority of this for you, though they might ask you to see an independent medical expert for an assessment.
Once the nature and extent of your injury have been determined and the cause clearly identified, our solicitors will submit a request for compensation to the responsible party. In the ideal scenario they will immediately accept responsibility and agree to a fair payment; however, more likely is that some negotiation will take place before reaching a settlement. A successful compensation claim is as much about having your vibration injury and suffering acknowledged as it is about having the money to move on from your injury. Get in touch with The Compensation Experts today and let us help.
How Much Can I Claim for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome?
The amount of compensation you can claim will vary, depending on the extent of your condition and your personal circumstances. 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. What is important is that The Compensation Experts have helped thousands of people receive the compensation they have been entitled to. We also 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 compensation you could be entitled to, fill in the contact form and we’ll call you back.
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Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee
We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information provide, which aids us determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury lawyers are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
Each client is provided with their own Personal Injury lawyer who will work on the case from start to finish, being there every step of the way. The client will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of the lawyer.
Expert Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome claim solicitors working for you
We specialise in helping victims of vibration injuries claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.