One lawyer - Andrew Nulty from Avalon Solicitors, Warrington - made PS13m in 2006 from miners with chest complaints and vibration white finger
and was struck off before fleeing abroad.
aAmbulancechasing 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.
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.
Mr Crossley joins Applebys having gained over 20 years of experience dealing with cases involving industrial disease and especially industrial deafness and vibration white finger
- an illness characterised by the loss of feeling in the fingers and often brought about by the use of vibrating machinery.
Ms Clwyd was also told 164,137 claims for vibration white finger
have been settled, leaving 5,475 claims outstanding.
"It is a bit like when Tony Blair reversed a decision regarding Vibration White Finger
. We are hoping Gordon Brown does the same thing with this."
Asecond 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 risked damaging its reputation because of its "poor service" to some miners and their families.
Wales Office Minister Huw Irranca-Davies, who chairs the Welsh compensation claims monitoring group, said, "Compensation payments in Wales have now reached a total of over pounds 672m - pounds 497.9m for respiratory disease and pounds 174.8m for vibration white finger
- which amounts to some pounds 12.6m paid out since our last meeting in July.
He also claimed care allowance for help in dressing, washing and preparing meals, as he suffered from vibration white finger
and had the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are 580,000 claimants for respiratory problems and 170,000 for vibration white finger
, estimated to cost the government pounds 7 billion to settle by 2011.
A committee of cross-party MPs said Ministers were "disturbingly" wide of the mark when they estimated the number of claims from former pit workers suffering vibration white finger
and lung disease ( sometimes by as much as eight times.
Eight former Stockton Council employees have received nearly pounds 350,000 between them after developing vibration white finger
, which causes painful and permanent injuries to hands and arms.