Ambulance-chasing lawyers Mellor Hargreaves Ltd drummed up businesses with adverts aimed at people who'd got compensation for vibration white finger
- an industrial injury caused by repeated use of power tools.
Professional negligence expert Robert Godfrey, partner at Leedsbased solicitors Simpson Millar, has set up a specialist unit to help miners who have made claims for industrial diseases such as Vibration White Finger
- a debilitating condition affecting joints and muscles caused by using vibrating, handheld machinery.
Big law firms got rich on claims from injured pitmen, representing them for a host of industrial diseases such as vibration white finger
It resulted in 21 former employees suffering with a hand arm vibration syndrome, known as vibration white finger
, which can lead to permanent disability.
CASTLE GROUP says despite the number of Vibration White Finger
(VWF) claims decreasing in recent years, VWF is the second most commonly prescribed industrial non-lung disease, meaning that companies are still exposed to the risk of claims and fines if they are not conducting their obligatory duties.
CONSTRUCTION workers throughout the Midlands who use power tools have been warned they could be at risk of Vibration White Finger
He ordered Andrew Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to rethink the way people suffering with the disabling condition vibration white finger
are assessed for disability benefits.
It was set up after test cases in 1997 and 1998 found that British Coal had been negligent over miners' breathing problems and cases of vibration white finger
-a crippling hand condition linked to the use of vibrating machinery.
Excessive exposure to vibration can increase the risk of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), which is displayed through symptoms such as Vibration White Finger
(VWF), a whitening of the fingers which can lead to circulatory, joint, muscle and nerve problems.
The cash is paid by the Government for handling compensation claims for chest disease and vibration white finger
Other conditions toplague the workers includechronic bronchitis andemphysema, vibration white finger
and chronicpulmonary lung disease.
A second investigation by the commissioner, Zahida Manzoor, into compensation schemes for respiratory disease and a condition known as vibration white finger
, found that the Legal Complaints Service (LCS) risked damaging its reputation because of its "poor service" to some miners and their families.