hand arm vibration claim

Hand Arm Vibration Claim Payouts: HAVS, Raynaud’s Syndrome, Whole Body Vibration Syndrome

In this article we set out in a table (later more detailed calculations) the compensation payouts you can claim for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome.

Thereafter, we explore the conditions caused by vibrating power tools and equipment..

We set out the different types of compensation you can claim in addition to those set out in our payouts table.

Access to our specialist solicitor free help is available towards the end of the article.

Payouts Table Of Hand Arm Vibration Claims In 2024

Our payouts table describes the compensation amounts you can claim for pain and suffering caused by hand arm vibration syndrome.

Remember – additional compensation can be claimed for your financial loss and expense as a direct result of your vibration injury.

Hand Arm Vibration SyndromeClaim Payouts
Minor
Occasional symptoms
Mild effect
£3,000 – £8,700
Moderate
Moderate symptoms
Worse in the cold
£8,700 – £16,800
Serious
One or two arms / hands
Hampered ability to use hands
£16,800 – £31,700
Severe
Both arms
Ability to work affected
Younger Claimants
£31,700 – £38,500

What is a hand arm vibration claim?

If your employer can be shown to be legally responsible for causing your hand arm vibration condition – you will likely be entitled to a claim for compensation from your employer or former employer. Your employer;s liability insurer will be responsible for meeting your employer’s liability.

This is known as a hand arm vibration condition claim.

Your compensation will be composed of money for your pain and suffering plus additional sums for your financial loss and expense.

What is hand arm vibration syndrome / HAVS?

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. It will typically develop slowly over time and become more severe the longer exposure occurs.

What is Raynaud’s Phenomenon?

Raynaud’s Phenomenon describes the condition which leads to the extremities of the fingers, toes, ears to become white.

Watch out – this condition may be referred to by slightly different names, depending on the likely cause, including:

Raynaud’s Disease

When the condition is caused by unknown reasons or idiopathic reasons it is often known as Raynaud’s disease.

Raynaud’s Syndrome

When the condition is caused by vibrating machinery or power tools – it is typically known as Raynaud’s Syndrome.

raynauds vibrating work tools
Raynaud’s Syndrome From Vibrating Work Tools

What is vibration white finger?

Vibration White Finger Syndrome is also known as VWF or dead finger. It describes Raynaud’s Syndrome that only affects the fingers and thumb on the hand.

Overlap Between HAVS And VWF
There is much overlap between HAVS and VWF.
We recommend you see our vibration white finger compensation payout article that deals exclusively with VWF and the amounts you can claim.

What is Whole Body Vibration Syndrome?

When work machinery causes your whole body to vibrate you may develop Whole Body Vibration Syndrome (WBS). This condition affects more than just your hands and arms.

What are the main types of compensation you can claim?

There are three main types of compensation that can form part of your hand arm vibration claim, which include:

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).

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.

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 Raynaud’s Syndrome is very similar and some examples for a claim settling in 2023, include:

Mild HAVS with occasional symptoms in a few fingers

If you suffer only from occasional symptoms which has a mild effect on leisure and work and affects only a few fingers – the average claim payout for HAVS will be calculated between £3,000 – £8,700.

Moderate hand arm vibration affecting the fingers

You are in your middle age years affected by moderate hand arm vibration symptoms. Your employer may have had to adjust your work practice to reduce vibration exposure. However, you still have moderate symptoms especially in the cold. You can expect a compensation claim settlement between £8,700 – £16,800.

Serious disability to one or both hands

If your Raynaud’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 £16,800 – £31,700.

Severe symptoms in both hands for younger people

Should you be younger when you experience your vibration condition – you will have a longer time to live with your symptoms and hence attract more compensation.

Severe hand arm vibration syndrome claims affect younger people in both arms. Symptoms will be severe with ability to work being markedly affected. Severe HAVS claims will attract the largest claim settlements calculated between £31,700 – £38,500.

HAVS Compensation Summary

In this article we have calculated how much compensation you can expect for a hand arm vibration syndrome claim (HAVS). We have discussed the different types of vibration conditions together with how your compensation settlement is calculated.

We offer various specialist solicitor online / telephone free help options. You can ask a question, have your potential HAVS claim assessed or receive a callback to discuss your vibration exposure with one of our specialist solicitors.