WBVS COMPENSATION CLAIM SOLICITORS - WHOLE BODY VIBRATION SYNDROME


Whole Body Vibration Syndrome (WBVS) is a type of Raynauds Syndrome and is a painful condition caused by operating or being in contact with vibrating apparatus or machinery for extended periods of time. Employers have a duty to protect the health of their employees, many of whom have successfully pursued WBVS compensation claims. If you think you may be suffering from whole body vibration syndrome because of an employers negligence please contact us.

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Whole Body Vibration Syndrome

WBVS can be caused in a variety of ways and all of them involve being in contact with vibrating apparatus or machinery. Standing on a vibrating platform or using vibrating machinery, whether seated or standing, can cause this problem. Driving any type of commercial or industrial vehicle for prolonged periods of time can put the driver at risk of WBVS. The main exposure can come through any of the surfaces that support the body, such as the bottom or back when sat down, and the feet and legs when stood up. The extent of this type of Raynauds Syndrome depends on factors such as how often the sufferer is exposed and also how long the exposure lasts each time.

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Symptoms

The initial symptoms of WBVS can cause a myriad of effects, such as stomach pain, chest pain, headaches, feeling nauseous and loss of balance. The long term effects include back pain, damaged discs and spinal problems. The digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems can also be at risk. Although the symptoms of whole body vibration syndrome are reasonably easy to identify, it can be difficult to accurately identify the cause. The condition can progress very slowly through many years of employment before it is noticeable.

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Employers Duty of Care

There are many pro-active steps an employer can take to help reduce the effect of WBVS in the workplace. For drivers of vehicles, fitting an improved suspension system and repositioning the seat can reduce the effect. Maintenance of private roads and tracks is also essential for a smoother journey. It is important to support the back and ensure the employee is not leaning to one side or operating in an unnatural position. Improving the absorption of vibration reduces the incidence of vibration injury and can also be achieved by the use of springs or cushions in seats, and placing rubber mats to stand on. Reducing the time spent in an exposed position also helps and it can be useful to alternate the tasks that an employee carries out to reduce exposure.

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Free Legal Advice

Our solicitors operate nationwide and will deal with a WBVS claim using the no win no fee scheme. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further then you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our advice.


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