Hand and Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Claims

If you have been affected by hand and arm vibration (HAVS) due to the excessive use of machinery in the workplace then you may be eligible to claim compensation. EAD Solicitors have nearly 40 years of experience dealing with Industrial Disease claims and can guide you step-by-step through the process.

What is Hand and Arm Vibration?

Hand-arm vibration comes from the use of hand-held power tools and is the cause of significant ill health (painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints).  HAVS is preventable, but once the damage is done it is permanent.  Damage from HAVS can include the inability to do work and can trigger painful finger blanching attacks.

Who is at risk?

You are at risk if you regularly use hand-held or hand guided power tools and machines such as:

  • Concrete breakers, concrete pokers
  • Sanders, grinders, disc cutters
  • Hammer drills
  • Chipping hammers
  • Chainsaws, brush cutters, hedge trimmers
  • Powered mowers
  • Scabblers or needle guns

 
You are also at risk if you hold workpieces, which vibrate while being processed by powered machinery such as pedestal grinders.

You are particularly at risk if you regularly operate:

  • Hammer action tools for more than about 15 minutes per day
  • Some rotary and other action tools for more than about one hour per day
  • As you are likely to be above the exposure action value set out in the regulations

 
What are the early signs and symptoms to look out for?

  • Tingling and numbness in the fingers (which can cause sleep disturbance)
  • Not being able to feel things with your fingers
  • In the cold and wet, the tips of your fingers going white then red and being painful on recovery (vibration white finger)

 
If you continue to use high-vibration tools these symptoms will probably get worse, for example:

  • The numbness in your hands could become permanent and you won’t be able to feel things at all
  • You will have difficulty picking up small objects such as screws or nails
  • The vibration white finger could happen more frequently and affect more of your fingers

 
Pursue your Claim today

Whatever your industrial disease claims; at EAD you can be sure you will receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. As well as compensation for your pain and suffering, industrial disease claims can also include compensation for miscellaneous losses and expenses incurred as a result of your condition.

For more information please contact us directly on 0151 735 1000 and speak to one of our Liverpool solicitors about making a hand and arm vibration syndrome claim.

 

 

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