Vibration white finger (VWF) affects individuals who frequently use vibrating tools and machinery in their work. This condition can cause numbness, tingling and pain in the fingers, and in severe cases, can lead to permanent damage.
If you have developed vibration white finger because of your job, you may wonder whether you can receive workers’ compensation in Arizona.
VWF is often a work-related condition
Vibration white finger is considered a compensable condition for workers’ compensation purposes whenever it develops as a result of someone’s occupation. If you have developed this condition because of using vibrating tools or machinery at work, you may be eligible to receive benefits such as:
- Medical treatment: You can receive coverage for your vibration white finger, including doctor visits, hospital stays, medication and therapy.
- Temporary disability benefits: If your condition prevents you from working for a period, you may be eligible to receive temporary disability benefits. These benefits can provide partial wage replacement to help you pay your bills while you cannot work.
- Permanent disability benefits: If your condition is severe enough to prevent you from returning to your job or any other gainful employment, you may be eligible to receive permanent disability benefits. These benefits can provide ongoing financial support to help you maintain your quality of life.
To receive workers’ compensation benefits, you must follow certain procedures. First, you must report your condition to your employer as soon as possible after you become aware of it. You must also file a workers’ compensation claim with the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) within one year of your injury or illness.
If you are injured at work or develop VWF, know your rights. If you’re struggling to get the benefits you deserve and need, it may be time to explore more legal options.