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Injuries and accidents at work - Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

While employees are at risk of a variety of accidents at work, they are also subject to a number of personal injuries and illnesses that can be caused by their workplace conditions, the type of work that they do or the negligence of their employer.

Some of the most common personal injuries resulting from work include those that are caused by repetitive movements, such as Repetitive Strain Injury, or continuous use of certain types of machinery, such as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome.

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome
Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is a condition caused by frequent use of hand-held vibrating tools, such as pneumatic drills and regularly working with machinery that vibrates.

It is thought that the constant vibration can cause the blood vessels in the hands to tighten and blood flow to be restricted. This can result in numbness, pins and needles as well as aches and pains caused by damage to the muscles, joints and bones. But the most commonly associated symptom of HAVS is Vibration White Finger, otherwise known as Raynaud's phenomenon.

Symptoms associated with Raynaud's phenomenon or Vibration White Finger (VWF) include:

VWF may begin with just one finger turning white, and then more fingers may turn white, making the disease irreversible and the pain more intense.

Rannaud's phenomenon is rarely a direct cause of an injury or accident at work involving vibrating tools or machinery. The cold, wet weather triggers the condition and it is then worsened by the vibration.

Developing HAVS in the workplace can be prevented in the following ways:

Around one in 10 workers who regularly use vibrating tools are likely to develop HAVS. Further, a Medical Research Council survey in 1997-98 estimated that more than 300,000 people suffer from VWF in Great Britain. This has led many that sustained the industrial illnesses to pursue personal injury compensation claims which, if successful, can range from 1,500 to 21,000, depending on the severity of the condition.

To read more about HAVS please visit www.hse.gov.uk

Making a claim for an injury or accident at work today
Whether you have suffered an accident at work or sustained a personal injury or illness as a result of your employment, you may be entitled to make a no win no fee claim through The Claim Solicitors.

Our personal injury solicitors are experienced at dealing with a variety of personal injuries and industrial illnesses from head injuries and whiplash injuries to asbestosis and a Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome, and their tremendous skill in this area is supported by their excellent claim success rate.

We work on a no win no fee basis.  What this means is that, in the event your case is not successful, you won't be charged a penny.  It means that making a claim is a completely risk free process - this lets you focus on getting better, not worrying about money.

To find out more about our services or to make a compensation claim following an accident at work, call us today on 0800 197 32 32.