Dupuytrens Contracture is rarely painful, but it is awkward enough to stop people from working. Commonly, it can prevent people from being able to type effectively and, in the worse cases, can mean that you do not have complete use of one or both of your hands. This is a surprisingly common condition, and it tends to affect men more than women.
The most obvious symptom of this illness is the contraction of fingers towards the centre of the palm. It doesn’t happen overnight, but can take many years to fully develop. Over this period, it can be difficult to notice at first, but it will develop into complete Dupuytrens Contracture.
The symptoms typically tend to develop in the following way:
- An area of tissue in the palm of the hand thickens under the skin.
- This tissue forms a small, hard lump.
- Further nodules develop, resulting in a thicker band of contracted tissue.
- As these develop, the finger/s is/are pulled towards the palm and cannot be properly extended.
- Eventually, the finger/s become/s permanently bent.
This illness can affect the entire hand, but most commonly it is the little finger and the ring fingers which are affected.
Before you begin your Dupuytrens Contracture claims, it is important that you understand how the condition has developed. There is a good chance that there is nobody to blame, and that it is simply a result of genetics. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that the condition cannot be caused, or exacerbated, by certain careers.
Common factors into the causes of Dupuytrens Contracture include:
- Genetics – The condition itself seems to run in families.
- Injury to wrists – research has suggested that if you injure your wrist – either at work or at home – then you are more likely to develop the condition.
- Diabetes – Diabetics are at an increased risk of developing Dupuytrens.
- Drinking & smoking.
- Poor work conditions.
Any employee who, on a regular basis, used vibrating tools and machinery are at a much higher risk of developing Dupuytrens Contracture than anyone else. In 2014, in fact, a study found that the risk of Dupuytrens Contracture was more than doubled amongst men who have an occupational exposure to hand-transmitted vibration (HTV).
In order for the condition to effectively be laid on the sufferer’s career, however, they must meet the following criteria:
- Suffer fixed deformation in at least one digit.
- Have used vibrating handheld power tools in their workplace.
- Have spent at least ten years working in the industry.
Choose Tylers Solicitors for Dupuytrens Contracture Claims
If you’re suffering from this condition, then working can be nearly impossible – what’s worse, it can make everyday tasks such as cooking and cleaning impossible too. Dupuytrens Contracture claims are essential if you want to continue to enjoy a high-quality of life even after being diagnosed with the condition.
If you, or someone close to you, suffers from Dupuytrens, then you need to get in touch with a professional team of personal injury solicitors today. Here at Tylers, our lawyers have many years’ experience when it comes to dealing with compensation claims of all kinds, including Dupuytrens Contracture claims.
We are a no win, no fee company of specialised lawyers. That means we will work as hard as we can to get you your compensation and ensure your Dupuytrens Contracture claims are a success. If you don’t receive the compensation you deserve, then we don’t get paid. So, you don’t need to invest any money into the court case itself – just trust us to deal with your claim and you could stand to gain enough money to really improve your quality of life.
Over the years, we have worked on all kinds of personal injury, medical negligence and workers’ rights cases. We can face companies of all sizes to make sure you receive the justice and the compensation you need to get on with your life.
So, don’t hesitate! Pick up the phone and get in touch with our sympathetic and professional team today! You can reach us directly to start your Dupuytrens Contracture claims by calling 0800 699 0079. If you prefer, you can call us on your mobile phone at 0333 577 0320 to book an appointment today.
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