Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome
Many jobs require the operation of heavy machinery that vibrates slightly as it performs its task. However, over time this constant exposure to vibration can interfere with the nerves and blood circulation of your fingers. This problem is called vibration white finger, or hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).
Doctors are not sure how the vibration damages your hands. However, constant exposure to vibrating, hand-held tools can cause permanent pain and nerve damage in your hands and fingers. If you now suffer from HAVS due to your job, you may be entitled to worker’s compensation to help you. To discuss your case, contact a Morehead City workers’ comp attorney from the Law Office of Sam Scudder today at 919-851-3311.
Causes and Symptoms of HAVS
There are a variety of powerful, hand-held vibrating tools whose prolonged use has been associated with HAVS. These tools include:
- Power drills
- Chain saws
- Chipping tools
- Needle guns
There are three main symptom groups for HAVS. First, someone can develop a condition similar to Raynaud’s phenomenon. With this, cold objects or cold weather cause the fingertips to turn white, then blue as they lose circulation, then red as the blood vessels dilate again.
Next, someone with HAVS can also suffer from nerve damage, which causes tingling and numbness. Lastly, HAVS may also come with pain the arms and hands due to minor muscle, joint, and bone damage.
Many times, HAVS requires you to take a break from work or risk permanent damage. If you need short-term disability payments to help you during this break, you should contact an experienced Morehead City disability lawyer from the respected firm of the Law Office of Sam Scudder at 919-851-3311 today to discuss your case.