If you have developed hand arm vibration syndrome due to the prolonged use of hand held power tools in the workplace then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim. There are approximately 3,000 people that develop hand arm vibration syndrome each year so it is a fairly common industrial injury even after the introduction of The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 which was aimed at providing employers with a set of best practices to help reduce incidences of hand arm vibration syndrome in the workforce.
If it can be established that your employer is legally responsible for your hand arm vibration condition which includes injuries such as vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome then you may be able to make a compensation claim that consists of the following components –
Financial loss and medical expenses
Having been diagnosed by a qualified medical professional that you are suffering from hand arm vibration syndrome, depending on the severity of the condition, it is entirely possible that you will have had to have missed work days or you are in fact unable to work at all as part of your normal job. If this is the case then the financial losses from both missed work and future lost work comprise of part of your HAVS claim.
Pain & suffering
Hand arm vibration syndrome can be a painful and debilitating condition, particularly the advanced forms of HAVS. You may be able to make a claim for this pain and suffering.
If you believe that your HAVS was caused as a consequence of your work activities you may wish to contact a solicitor to discuss your case. Many operate on a no win no fee basis and the initial consultation is often free and non-obligatory.