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Steel Worker Compensated After Vibration White Finger Diagnosis

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Our client has worked for Tata Steel (previously British Steel/Corus) since 1974 and has worked as a Fabricator, using angle grinders on a daily basis at their Stocksbridge factory. His excessive use of the grinders led to him developing Vibration White Finger/Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome.

We pursued a claim on his behalf and obtained supportive medical evidence from Professor Welsh. We then commenced Court proceedings and settled his claim via litigation.

We secured nearly £20,000 in damages for our client.

Nick Woods: "I am absolutely delighted that we have managed to secure compensation in this case. My client has used grinders for over 35 years and is now feeling the effects of this. In addition to suffering with the typical symptoms of Vibration White Finger – such as tingling and numbness in his fingers – he also suffers with a lack of grip strength, which makes it difficult for him to do everyday household tasks. Therefore, his suffering with Vibration White Finger really has affected his day-to-day life. My client's continued exposure to vibration just highlights the fact that many people may still be using certain tools for too long and may be running the risk of developing similar symptoms. It is important that both employers and employees are aware of the dangers of excessive exposure to vibration."

If you or a loved one has suffered from repetitive strain injuries, such as bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and vibration white finger caused by conditions at work, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.

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