Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition which affects the fingers and the hands and can eventually cause the fingers to become bent into the palm. In the past it has been linked to manual work and vibrating equipment but this has not been proved. The main cause of this is not an accident at work but a genetic condition which means that if it runs in your family you are more likely to get this.
When does Dupuytren’s contracture occur and can it be caused by a work injury?
Unlike a repetitive strain injury it can occur at any time although any previous work injuries such as a broken hand can trigger its effects and symptoms. Other factors which could make you more likely to suffer from this is if you are diabetic and if you smoke. However, unlike a repetitive strain injury it is less likely you will get it if this does not run in your family.
What treatments are there for Dupuytren’s contracture?
The majority of cases are mild so will not require treatment. However if it affects the movement of your hand in a severe way, perhaps more than a simple work injury, then there are some treatments to help the muscles and connective tissue, both surgical and non surgical.
Unlike your usual accident at work, Dupuytren’s contracture has no cure at the present time but there are treatments to ease the discomfort and to ensure that you can use your hand and prevent further loss of movement which could cause an accident at work injury or aggravate the hand or fingers.
However, if you have had an accident at work within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault, and even if it wasn’t connected to Dupuytren’s contracture then you may be able to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ worth of experience in helping our clients win the compensation they deserve. We will make the process as easy and stress free as possible and many clients are able to settle their work injury claim without having to step foot in a court room.
To find out how much your accident at work claim could be worth speak to Accident Advice Helpline on our 24-hour free phone line via 0800 689 0500 or take the simple 30-second compensation calculator test online to see how much your claim could be worth.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice