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Man wins compensation over HAVS

Man wins compensation over HAVS

A Birmingham demolition worker has won £118,000 in a Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) settlement case.

Thomas Feerick-Kenny, from Erdington, who is 41 and has three children, was fired by DSM Demolition on health grounds in 2011, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Executives at the firm let him go after he began to show symptoms of HAVS, which include painful tingling, loss of sensitivity and whitening hands.

But after Mr Feerick-Kenny approached a personal injury solicitor for help, he was made aware that he could claim compensation related to depression and anxiety he developed after his dismissal.

In a statement released after he received his settlement, the former demolition worker said: "I gave more than ten years service to DSM and hardly missed a day’s work but, when I first developed my injury and reported it to the company, they ignored me."

DSM did not respond to the Birmingham Mail's request for comment.

By Francesca Witney