An employer has a duty to eliminate or reduce exposure to vibration to as low a level as is reasonably practicable. In doing so, the employer should have assessed any risks in the task concerned. Where the task is found to cause vibration, an employer should provide information and training to the employee concerned, provide regular breaks for the employee or a system of job rotation, provide suitable protective equipment and also introduce health surveillance.
A diagnosis of hand arm vibration syndrome can be difficult for a GP to make as the symptoms may not be work related. Symptoms include numbness or a tingling sensation to the fingers and in some cases the fingers appear to have whitened. You may be referred to a hospital by your GP for a series of tests, such as nerve conduction studies to rule out any constitutional reason for the symptoms and to confirm a diagnosis.
The type of machinery used and the length of time used per day or week will be crucial in establishing whether or not vibration white finger could have been foreseen by an employer.
If an employer is found to have been negligent, or breached a duty of care, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injury.
On top of this, we can recover financial expenses that you have reasonably incurred as a result of the vibration white finger, such as:
A court claim for compensation must be commenced no later than three years after you become aware:
A claim for compensation regarding this type of claim must be commenced no later than 3 years from your date of knowledge of the injury including symptoms – NOT from the original exposure which may have caused the injury. The Courts do have power in some cases to extend the time limit but this power cannot and must not be relied on.
A member of our team will be happy to discuss the above with you and how this will impact on your claim.
If your claim has reasonable prospects of success then we will be happy to act for you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. We will make enquiries to ensure ‘No Win, No Fee’ is appropriate to you. We will be happy to discuss other funding options with you.
If you have believe that you are suffering from vibration white finger as a result of working conditions, then please contact us immediately. We will be happy to help and provide free initial advice.
There is no obligation to make a claim – you decide whether or not you wish to go ahead.
Poole Alcock’s personal injury department in Cheshire is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and our expert solicitors include members of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and APIL Senior Litigators.
Poole Alcock were the first solicitors I contacted when I was looking around and Anna Burns was the first person I spoke to. As soon as I had that initial contact with Anna I knew I had made th right choice. Anna’s calm, reassuring manner instantly put me at ease and she was just amazing throughout ther whole process. Anna met my late father on two occasions and dad was very impressed by her professionalism and friendly nature and it took a lot to impress dad!
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Thank you for your hard work in reaching a settlement in the claim following the death of my late husband. The final sum far exceeded what I’d imagined it would be.
Again my thanks.
I would like to thank you most sincerely for the way you have sensitively handled every aspect of my case, particularly in light of the difficulty I encountered for the first few months.
I just wanted to say many thanks for everything you have done for Peter when he was alive.
And your kindness when Peter passed away.
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It really does seem such a long time ago, that I first came to see you….its been such a long road!
Thank you just doesn’t seem enough for everything you have done and for the way you have treated me.
I thank you for always believing in me and for the empathic professional way that that you have dealt with everything. I always felt safe and had confidence in that everything you did was in my best interests.
It was like sharing all my worries except that for me, I didn’t have half the share because you took more than that guiding me through this whole process and for that I will be eternally grateful. Without a doubt I would recommend anyone in a similar position to come to you.
Many thanks to Georgina Coppenhall for her prompt and efficient service.
Poole Alcock were my first choice of solicitors and throughout my claim from start to finish Anna Burns was so supportive to me. She showed me a great deal of empathy due to the nature of my claim. I feel we built an excellent professional relationship and Anna was always available to speak to if I needed to ask any questions. On the rare occasions that I could not reach Anna, all of the supporting staff at Poole Alcock were equally supportive and helpful. The claim ran as smooth and as stress free as it possibly could and I was always well informed of any changes or upcoming appointments. I would highly recommend Poole Alcock.
Thank you for everything Anna. I literally could not have got through all of this without you and all your support.
For all your kindness to us over the past 3 years (nearly) and we are very grateful for the settlement. Take care and thanks once again.
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Thank you again for your help and kindness.
Many thanks for all your help the past few months in finally settling my case. Your help and support has been much appreciated and I’m so glad it is now at an end.
Thank you Andrew thanks for all your hard work and the team we really appreciate it.
My late husband was really happy with the service you provided and I would like to thank you for making it easier for me after he passed away.