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Councils advised over HAV claims

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Lawyers are advising local council employers to scrutinise compensation claims for vibration exposure more closely following a court case.

Caerphilly County Borough Council used work records and other data to argue a claimant had significantly exaggerated the facts before the case came to court.

Leading law firm Dolmans believe it that employers can defend exaggerated and fraudulent allegations of industrial disease Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs).

The condition comes from the prolonged use of hand-held power tools which workers are at risk from developing due to the exposure of the vibrations.

Solicitor Jamie Mitchell of Dolmans in Cardiff, said: "Employers should now be able to put up a better defence against exaggerated and false claims made against them."

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