Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)


Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is an industrial injury which is caused or exacerbated by prolonged use of vibratory tools or equipment. HAVS was more commonly known as vibration white finger but symptoms were not simply confined to the fingers and so the term HAVS was adopted.


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Who is at risk of HAVS?

HAVS is caused or contributed to by regular and prolonged use of vibrating tools or machinery. Whilst use of such equipment may be unavoidable in certain industries, there are a number of measures that an employer can and should implement in order to reduce the vibration exposure of workers.

Some examples of vibratory tools linked to HAVS symptoms and vibration white finger claims include: -

  • Grinders
  • Jackhammers
  • Compacters and Wacker Plates
  • Drills
  • Concrete breakers

What are the symptoms of HAVS?

HAVS affects the blood vessels and nerves in the fingers and can manifest itself in the following symptoms: -

  • Cold sensation in the fingertips
  • Whiteness/blanching of finger joints
  • Loss of feeling or tingling sensation in fingers
  • Reduced manual dexterity

HAVS symptoms can differ in both nature and severity but the condition can be both painful and debilitating and once symptoms manifest, they are usually permanent.

Making a Vibration claim

Employers have been aware of the risks of vibration exposure in the workplace for many years and should have adopted working practices and methods to minimise the risk to workers. If they have failed to do so and exposure has led to symptoms of HAVS occurring then an employee should consider making a claim for compensation.

It is possible to bring a claim for compensation against employers or their insurers for HAVS, even where an employment has ended or the employer is no longer in existence. We are often able to trace the relevant employer's liability insurer and pursue them directly.

There are however strict time limits in which to pursue a claim and it is crucial that if you believe you may have HAVS that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in your claim being time barred.

What we can do for you

We are experienced lawyers dealing with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome claims and work with medical experts to gain the maximum compensation for our clients.

People suffering from HAVS may opt for private physiotherapy sessions which can run up large bills and leave them out of pocket. We can help negotiate the correct amount of damages to cover these costs and help get the very best care available.

When fault is admitted it can still take time to negotiate the right level of settlement, in these instances we can often secure interim payments to cover current expenses until an acceptable amount is secured.

HAVS Claim Legal Advice

Spencers Solicitors have a wealth of experience in pursuing personal injury claims, including vibration white finger claims. Our experienced lawyers will be able to discuss your specific circumstances and advise whether they consider that you have a valid claim.

Call us on 08000 93 00 94 to discuss your claim with one of our advisors, or complete an enquiry form online and we'll call you back. Claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis so if your claim doesn't succeed you will not be charged any of our fees.

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