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Vibration White Finger (VWF) Claim

We obtained specialist expert opinion on the flawed procedures at NDH and the mistakes made in treating her.  Although the hospital denied liability, the NHS eventually agreed a significant sum in compensation for what she had gone through.

A company from Devon that produced webbing, canvas and similar equipment for the military employed our client as an industrial machinist.  Our client, a hard working man from a hard working family, had come to the UK to join his son, who already worked for the company and who had so impressed them that they asked for other family members to join him.

The reward for our client’s hard work was to develop vibration white finger (VWF), a damaging disease which affects the circulation in the fingers and is often the result of prolonged vibration.  It caused our client significant pain, especially in cold weather, and prevented him from working.  The condition is irreversible.

We agreed to take on his VWF claim on a No Win, No Fee basis. We obtained specialist expert evidence that his injury was the result of prolonged hours working with an old industrial sewing machine, which vibrated excessively. It is vital in these cases to establish a link between the VWF medical condition and the type of work undertaken. This is where expert’s reports can be crucial and determine the success or failure of the claim.

The company and its insurers initially denied liability. They tried to argue that our client’s VWF could have been caused by something else.  They also argued that the machine did not vibrate excessively, despite clear evidence that they had not carried out reasonable checks on the machine to assess its suitability. 

This Vibration White Finger compensation claim was fought to the 11th hour, the insurers declining to negotiate or make any attempts to settle the case, despite a court trial looming.  However in the last few days before the trial was due to start, the insurers suddenly had a change of heart and agreed to pay our client a substantial sum of compensation.