Following from our previous blog regarding February being Raynaud’s awareness month we are now looking at Vibration White Finger.

Did you know that Vibration White Finger (VWF) is the 2nd most commonly prescribed disease under the Industrial Injuries Disability Benefit (IIDB) scheme? This is for the last 10 years but the number of new cases has fallen since 2010.

VWF New Cases

 

The majority of cases are in England.

VWF Cases Per Country

With the majority of new VWF cases being diagnosed as working in Construction and Extractive and Utility Supply.

VWF Cases Per Sector

Figures obtained from HSE – HSE HAVS Statistics

 

The HSE has the following key messages with regards Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS)

  • HAVS is preventable, but once the damage is done it is permanent.

  • HAVS is serious and disabling, and nearly 2 million people are at risk.

  • Damage from HAVS can include the inability to do fine work and cold can trigger painful finger blanching attacks.

  • The costs to employees and to employers of inaction could be high.

  • There are simple and cost-effective ways to eliminate risk of HAVS.

  • The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations focus on the elimination or control of vibration exposure.

  • The long-term aim is to prevent new cases of HAVS occurring and enable workers to remain at work without disability.

  • The most efficient and effective way of controlling exposure to hand-arm vibration is to look for new or alternative work methods which eliminate or reduce exposure to vibration.

  • Health surveillance is vital to detect and respond to early signs of damage.

In 2005 the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations came in to force. The regulations introduced an exposure action value level where employers should introduce technical and organisational measures to reduce exposure, and an exposure limit value which should not be exceeded

The HSE inspectors investigate all new cases of HAVS and there are examples of where they have brought prosecutions on their webpage – HSE HAVS Case Studies

 

As you can see it is a serious condition and Jordans solicitors are investigating the claims ex-miners made under the Government scheme to check if they received the correct award.

The VWF scheme entitled miners to claim a fixed sum for the condition and also damages for its ongoing effects on daily life. Miners who were no longer able to carry out the following tasks without help could claim additional damages called “Services”.

  • Maintaining their car;
  • Washing their car;
  • Cleaning their windows;
  • Gardening;
  • DIY;
  • Decorating.

 

Figures released in 2011 show many miners did not claim a Services award when the level of symptoms they were suffering from qualified them to do so. The average Service awards made according to the same figures was £11,000. Miners were also entitled to a separate award for the effect Vibration White Finger could have on their future work prospects (“handicap claims”) and for any actual loss of earnings they had suffered.

It may be that you did not claim for all parts of your claim because you were given wrong or incomplete advice. It’s not too late to claim your missing awards. If you made a claim then give Jordans a call free on 03303 001103 or visit Miners Compensation Claims to find out more. Act immediately as time could be running out.


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