Hand Arm Vibration Claim (HAVS): Solicitor Sets Out Compensation Amounts For HAVS, Vibration White Finger, Reynaud’s Syndrome, Whole Body Vibration Syndrome
Hand arm vibration claim: UK lawyer describes the conditions caused by vibrating power tools including: HAVS, Vibration White Finger and Reynaud’s syndrome, the three types of compensation you can claim for industrial disease with examples of how much your hand arm vibration claim settlement is likely to be worth.
What is a hand arm vibration claim?
Hand arm vibration syndrome also known as HAVS refers to a condition typically brought on in the workplace from the use of hand held vibrating power tools and machinery.
The condition affects all the body parts that make up your hand, wrist and arm – developing slowly over time and becoming more severe the longer exposure occurs.
Hand arm vibration syndrome can lead to two other conditions known as Reynaud’s Syndrome and Vibration White Finger (also known as VWF or dead finger).
Reynaud’s Phenomenon – describes the condition which leads to the extremities of the fingers, toes, ears to become white.
Reynaud’s Phenomenon can either be caused from unknown reasons (idiopathic reasons) in which case it is referred to as Reynaud’s Disease or it can be caused from use of vibrating machinery and power tools – in which case the condition is referred to as Reynaud’s Syndrome
Vibration White Finger Syndrome, VWF or dead finger refers to Reynaud’s Syndrome when it only affects the fingers and thumb on the hand.
If one of these disorders was brought on from the excessive continuous use of vibrating machines in the workplace – it is known as an industrial disease.
If your employer can be shown to be “legally responsible” for your condition you will be entitled to a “hand arm vibration claim” for compensation from your employer. This phrase can be used to refer to a claim for compensation for HAVS, Vibration White Finger, Reynaud’s Syndrome or Whole Body Vibration Syndrome.
What types of compensation will form part of your hand arm vibration claim?
There are three main types of compensation that can form part of your hand arm vibration claim, which include:
1. Financial losses and expenses
If you suffer from some form of hand arm vibration condition – it is very likely your ability to continue working with power tools and vibrating machinery will be severely hampered. so lost income for both past and future loss will form a significant part of your HAVS claim.
In addition to lost income you will likely incur medical expenses, travel expenses to your hospital and GP and perhaps need family or friends to help you in the home (a rate can be charged for this).
2. Pain and Suffering
Every type of injury, including HAVS, will cause you pain and suffering for which you are entitled to receive compensation.
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the severity and duration of your symptoms.
3. Legal Costs
So long as your claim for pain and suffering is over £1,000 – you are entitled to claim the majority of your legal costs in pursuing a claim. This sum will be paid direct to your solicitor and strictly speaking is not called compensation, but is known as legal costs.
Examples of how much your Hand Arm Vibration claim is worth
The amounts of compensation you are entitled to for Hand Arm Vibration, Vibration White Finger or Reynaud’s Syndrome is very similar and some examples for a claim settling in 2017 and 2018, include:
1. Hand arm vibration affecting the fingers average claim payouts
If your vibration white finger affects one or more fingers, but does not cause a disability which will affect the use of the whole of your hand you can expect a hand arm vibration claim settlement of between: £2,600 – £14,700
2. Disability to one or both hands claim settlements
If your Reynaud’s Syndrome causes disability to one or both hands, such that it hampers your ability to use your hands you could expects compensation amounts calculated between: £14,700 – £27,800
3. Symptoms in both hands for younger people compensation calculator
Young people who are affected in both arms which affects there ability to work are considered to have symptoms to cope with for a longer period of time and as such will have the largest claim settlements calculated between: £27,800 – £34,000
Summary of compensation amounts for HAVS / hand arm vibration claim
On this page I have described how much compensation you can expect for a hand arm vibration claim, which includes claims for vibration white finger and Reynaud’s Syndrome.
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