Raynaud’s Disease is a condition that most commonly develops as a result of continued use of vibrating hand-held machinery. A secondary form of Raynaud’s Disease is called Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome, or HAVS, which is more commonly known as Vibration White Finger. The term Vibration White Finger comes from the colour the fingers turn as a result of prolonged exposure to vibration.
Raynaud’s Disease is a widespread problem among industrial workers, affecting tens of thousands of people each year. Raynaud’s Disease affects the blood vessels, nerves, joints and muscles of the wrist, arms and hands. It often has irreversible effects on the body and is particularly unpleasant.
It begins with the tips of your finger turning white due to the effect the vibrations have on the blood vessels. The effect is more noticeable at the end of a working day, and often improves overnight. If the disease worsens it is known to affect the whole finger and can spread to the knuckle as feeling in the finger is gradually lost. Due to the effect Raynaud’s Disease has on blood vessels it causes your finger to become more sensitive to temperature. The finger changes colour and feeling is lost when it is exposed to the cold. As blood then returns to the finger, a red flush and an uncomfortable throbbing is experienced.
Regarding nerves and muscles, you may experience attacks of pain in the finger, a loss of dexterity and a decrease in strength when performing daily tasks. In extreme cases you could even lose your finger. If the exposure to vibration is continuous for many months or years the symptoms can worsen and eventually become permanent.
If you think you may be suffering from Raynaud’s Disease, contact Centenary Solicitors and we can secure you compensation. We are specialists in Personal Injury Claims, often involving Industrial Diseases, and will work tirelessly to reach an appropriate outcome.
What can we include within your claim?
- Personal Injury
- Loss of earnings
- Private healthcare
- Cost of care
- Travel expenses
- Disadvantage on the labour market
- Home adaptions
- Obtain payments to assist financial needs