Can You Still Claim For Vibration White Finger (VWF)?

By: evelyn | Date: 2021-08-17

If your workplace has given you a Vibration White Finger, aka VWF, and you think your employer is responsible for it, you may be entitled to make a finger injury compensation claim in the UK. But knowing only this is not enough to get your compensation. There are a lot of other things you need to know before you can claim your compensation.

That’s what this post is about. In this detailed post, you will know about everything you need to know about your eligibility for the Vibration White Finger claim. We will also answer some of the frequently asked questions about claiming your compensation. So let’s get started.

Can You Still Claim For A Vibration White Finger?

There are some simple conditions that are needed to be fulfilled before you can be eligible to claim your compensation. You can claim compensation a VWF if:

  • You have sustained the Vibration White Finger because of your work conditions.
  • Your employer didn’t fulfil their responsibility and didn’t provide you with safety equipment. It resulted in the VWF.
  • Your Vibration White finger was diagnosed within the last 3 years.

If all of these conditions are true, then you can claim your compensation in the UK. But still, you should know who is responsible for an accident at work.

Typically, this type of injury isn’t caused in offices. But click here to know more about office accident claims.

Can I Still Claim For A White Finger If I Am Under 18?

There can be a chance that you were under 18 when you developed the WF. In this case, you are not entitled to claim your compensation by yourself because you are not of legal age. But that doesn’t mean you will be deprived of your compensation money. There are still two ways you can claim your money.

The first one is to ask your parents to make a claim on your behalf. The person you appoint on your behalf will be called your “litigation friend”. The compensation money will be yours but the appointed person will be doing the legal formalities on your behalf.

The second option is to wait till you get 18 years of age. In this case, your three years time limit will start once you reach 18. After that, you will have three years to claim your compensation. Once you get 21, your time-limit will come to an end.

Can I Claim For A White Finger After 3 Years?

In the UK, all types of accident at work claims have a time-limit of 3 years from the date of the accident or from the date of diagnosing your problem. Which means that you cannot claim your compensation if three years have passed. The same is the case with finger injury claims.

However, there are certain exceptions to this rule. There are some cases where you may be entitled to claim your settlement even after three years of diagnosing the VWF. Hence, contact us and discuss your case with our experts for FREE to know whether you can claim your compensation or not.

Frequently Asked Questions About Vibration White Finger

Having years of experience, we have dealt with a lot of clients of VWF. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the Vibration White Finger.

1) What Is A Vibration White Finger?

Vibration White finger is a kind of industrial injury that is caused by prolonged use of vibrating instruments. When working with vibrating tools in a workshop, workers instinctively reach out to themselves. Over time, this constant vibration when gripped disrupts blood circulation, causing some damage to the nerves and muscles in the wrist, resulting in tingling or vibration in the finger.

There are several tools that can trigger VWF, but the most commonly suspected are hammers, chainsaws, air drills, fence trimmers, and grinders.

2) Which Industries Are Vulnerable To A Vibration White Finger?

Some industries are more dangerous for a specific injury than others. Here are a few industries where workers are at a higher risk of getting a VWF than others.

  • Construction.
  • Automotive maintenance, service and repair.
  • Heavy factory manufacturing like aviation, building materials and automotive.
  • Energy and communications utilities.
  • Heavy engineering industry and metal foundries.
  • Forestry, farming and estate management.
  • Heavy engineering branches of the armed services.
  • Road, rail and infrastructure building and maintenance.
  • Mining and quarry excavation.
  • Oil and petrochemical extraction.
  • Shipbuilding and maintenance.

3) What Are The Symptoms of A Vibration White Finger?

How would you come to know whether you have a VWF or not? You should know its symptoms so that you can properly diagnose it with the help of a medical specialist. Here are a few symptoms that may appear if you have a Vibration White Finger.

  • Whitening of the fingertips, which increases in cold weather.
  • Numbness in the fingers.
  • Tingling in the hands and fingers.
  • Weakness in the hand muscles.
  • Difficulty picking up small objects.
  • Loss of hand or arm strength.
  • Pain in the thumb when trying to grip things.

If you have these symptoms (whether all of these or only a few), go to a doctor to know whether you have a VWF or not.

4) How To Get A Vibration White Finger Claim?

To claim your compensation, you should know the accident at work procedure in the UK. Here is a brief about how to claim your compensation.

  • Get medical treatment and keep a track of all your medical expenses.
  • Keep a record of all other expenses like travel expenses in hospital rounds, loss of earnings, structural changes to the house, etc.
  • Collect all the important pieces of evidence to claim your compensation.
  • File your claim.

The best thing is to hire an injury claim specialist on your behalf so that you don’t have to go through any of the formalities of claiming your compensation.

5) Get A No Win No Fee Vibration White Finger Compensation

We help you claim compensation for a VWF on a No Win No Fee basis. What it means is that we help you claim your settlement amount without charging anything as upfront charges. You will only pay us after getting the compensation in your account. Contact us to discuss your case and claim your compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.

How To Contact Us?

Whether you have any queries, would like to discuss your case with us or want to claim your compensation, contact us via:

    Claim For Vibration White Finger
    CALL US: 0330 223 5110