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You have worked with the following vibrating tools at any time in the last 35 years:

  • Pneumatic Drill or Hammer
  • Compactor (whacker)
  • Hedge Trimmer
  • Grinders
  • Chainsaw
  • Any handheld vibrating tool

You suffer tingling or pins and needles or coldness or numbness or white patches in the hands or arms.

If you have hand or arm injuries as a result of these tools, you could be entitled to the following based on how serious the injury is (excluding loss of earnings and other expenses);

Minor

£1,900
to £5,500

Moderate

£5,500
to £10,750

Serious

£10,750
to £20,250

Most serious

£20,250
to £24,500

source: Judicial Studies Board Guidelines

Call or email us. There is absolutely no obligation to proceed and if you tell us what’s happened, we will briefly explain if we think you have a claim and the procedure for filing a claim and the time limits that apply.

Step 1

Fill in the contact form above or call us on 0800 092 1443 .

Step 2

We discuss your claim to work out your eligibility.

Step 3

We act on your behalf to reach a settlement with the other party.

Step 4

You receive your compensation.

We offer an absolute and guaranteed NO WIN, NO FEE agreement, it’s that simple. If successful, we take a fee of up to 20% plus VAT of the award of compensation, absolutely no more. If unsuccessful, our clients pay us nothing.

We are an award winning team of solicitors who specialise in industrial disease claims. We use our many years of experience and knowledge in this area to file claims with employers’ insurers. Using our specialist knowledge of health and safety and negligence law, we prove and value our clients’ injuries and successfully negotiate maximum settlements with insurers. Where we are able to prove an injury, we are successful in most claims.

We represent thousands of clients who have suffered vibration white finger, carpal tunnel syndrome or other hand and arm conditions. We have recovered millions in compensation. Here is a summary of some recent settlements:-

 

Mr M, from Northumberland, received £21,000

Mr M was exposed to excessive vibration whilst in employment from 1997 to 2011 as a groundworker and pipe layer.  His duties involved the installation of sewage pipes, working with compressed air powered figger picks, scabblers, vibrating pockers, petrol powered whacker plates and stihl saws. As a result, he developed vibration white finger disease.

He contacted Claims For You to make the claim.  Initial instructions were taken and the claim was started against the insurers for his old employer.  His medical records were obtained and a copy of his work history was obtained from HM Revenue & Customs.  The claim was notified to the old employer’s insurers.

A medical report was prepared by an independent medical expert to prove and value the claim.  The medical expert was of the opinion that Mr M had been exposed to excessive levels of vibration over a significant period of time and that, as a result, he had developed whitefinger. An offer was made to the insurers to settle the claim.  The insurers had acknowledged the notification of the claim but failed to respond with a decision on liability.  In order to progress the matter, proceedings were issued.

The insurers denied liability and wanted evidence to support Mr M’s claim in relation to the exposure to the tools.  Engineering evidence was obtained.  The insurers attempted to insist Mr M should drop the case.  Based on the evidence available and the belief in a strong case, this offer was rejected.  The insurers then offered £7,000 to Mr M.  Negotiations continued and a higher offer of £21,000 was negotiated.  Mr M accepted this offer of £21,000 in full and final settlement.

Mr O, from Manchester, received £17,000

Mr O was employed by an old employer as a fence erector from 1999 to 2013, and the nature of the work involved the erection and installation of wooden and concrete fences. He used compressed air powered breakers, impact wrenches and petrol powered stihl saws to break out concrete, tarmac and surfaces and to cut through timber. He spent on average, 2 to 3 hours per shift working with these tools.  He received no training or information on tool use or breaks and no personal protective equipment such as suitable gloves.  As a result he developed carpal tunnel syndrome.

He contacted Claims For You to make the claim.  Initial instructions were taken and the claim was started against the insurers for his old employer.  His medical records were obtained and a copy of his work history was obtained from HM Revenue & Customs.  The claim was notified to the old employer’s insurers.  A medical report was prepared by an independent medical expert to prove and value the claim.  The medical expert was of the opinion that that Mr O had used vibratory tools for a considerable time and that he had symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome caused by exposure to vibrating tools.  The insurers did not comment on liability, so to progress the matter, proceedings were issued.

The insurers obtained their own medical evidence, which showed evidence that Mr O was suffering from chronic whitefinger syndrome.  A settlement was reached.  Mr O accepted £17,000 in full and final settlement of his claim.

Mr WW from Lowestoft.

He worked for 22 years as a fabricator and welder using electric grinders. He developed Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome and came to us and we recovered £35,000 in compensation for him.

Mr RS from Bristol.

He worked as a building labourer for 7 years using pneumatic drills. He suffered with carpal tunnel syndrome and we succeeded in him recovering £16,000 for his injuries.

Mr DG from Staffordshire.

He worked as a concreter for 16 years and developed vibration white finger from using drills and compactors. We pursued a claim for him and succeeded in him being awarded £13,000 in compensation.

Mr LJ from the Isle of Wight.

He worked for 2 years as a builder and developed tingling and pin and needles in his hands from using drills and grinders. We recovered £10,000 compensation for him.

That’s not a problem, just call or email and we will advise you if you have a claim and the time limits that apply. You don’t have to proceed but we do hope that if you do decide to proceed later, you will think about using our services. We believe we offer an unrivalled service and have righted many wrongs for our clients. We have countless recommendations, commendations and “thank you’s” from our clients. Here is a selection:-

Mr RS from Derby.
“The communications and updates of my case I found to be first class…”

Mr MB from Cambridgeshire.
“If I had any problems or needed things explaining to me you did it in a very good way that made everything easy for me…”

Mr GH from Surrey.
“I am very happy with the excellent service that I  received from your firm…”

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