Dupuytren’s Disease (Viking finger) is a disorder of the hand in which a thickening of the fibrous tissue of the palm and finger tendons leads to one’s fingers becoming permanently bent into the palm, the latter stage being known as Dupuytren’s contracture.
If you work with vibrating tools and have difficulty performing the following tasks; putting on gloves, reaching inside your pocket, shaking hands or griping objects properly. You may have Dupuytren’s contracture and we’ll help you make a compensation claim.
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If you, or someone you know is suffering from Dupuytren’s disease then you could make a claim for significant compensation. Contact us today to find out if you have a claim on 0113 200 9787 or email us to request further information.
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Introduction To Dupuytren’s Disease
In May 2014, the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (the “IIAC”) published a report concluding that the use of hand-held vibrating tools more than doubles the likelihood of developing Dupuytren’s disease and contracture.
At an advanced stage Dupuytren’s contracture presents those affected with significantly disabling symptoms, notably a permanent flexing of the finger inward and toward the palm.
If you’ve been affected by Dupuytren’s contracture, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. This article will show you how to start a claim for Dupuytren’s contracture today.
What Is Dupuytren’s Disease?
Dupuytren’s Disease is a disorder of the hand in which a thickening of the fibrous tissue of the palm and finger tendons leads to one’s fingers becoming permanently bent into the palm, the latter stage being known as Dupuytren’s contracture.
The disease is named after French surgeon and anatomist Baron Guillame Dupuytren, who first dissected the hand of a patient suffering from contractures.
Dupuytren concluded that the contractures cause was rooted in the Fascie, or connective tissue of the hand. He treated the disease by making an incision through the Fascia, thereby releasing the tension in the finger.
What Are The Symptoms Of Dupuytren’s Disease?
Dupuytren’s disease affects the hands and fingers.
Over time, the fibrous tissue of the palm thickens, nodules form, and the skin can pucker. Eventually, the fibrous bands will be visible in the palm, and the tendons shorten causing a reduction in movement.
As the disease progresses, the fingers, most commonly the ring and little finger, become bent toward the palm.
Common complaints of Dupuytren’s contracture include the inability to put on gloves, reach inside one’s pocket, shake hands or grip objects properly. The deformity is also known to cause emotional distress and upset.
Whilst these symptoms are rarely accompanied with pain, the disablement arises as a result of reduced function and loss of amenity.
What Causes Dupuytren’s Disease?
Dupuytren’s disease is more common in countries such as Norway, Iceland and Scotland, along with parts of England, notably those towards the Scottish border. The disease’s prevalence within specific geographical regions suggests that genetics play a contributory role to its development.
Medical conditions including diabetes and epilepsy have been associated with the Dupuytren’s disease, and lifestyle choices such as alcohol consumption are equally relevant.
Importantly, an analysis of recent literature and analysis of the data available has led expert’s to suggest that Dupuytren’s disease can be caused by using vibrating tools, such as whacker plates and windy picks.
The IAAC report cites numerous examples where manual workers, most commonly white men over the age of 40, have suffered Dupuytren’s contracture after long-term usage of vibrating tools. Steel workers, construction workers, and workers regularly engaged in manual labour.
If you work with vibrating tools and suffer from Dupuytren’s contracture, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
How To Claim Compensation For Dupuytren’s Disease?
The IAAC has recommended that Dupuytren’s disease be added to the prescribed list of diseases for which Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits are available; however, this recommendation has not been implemented.
Fortunately, it is still possible for you to obtain compensation for Dupuytren’s contracture by making a civil claim against your previous employers. This is very similar to bringing a claim for noise induced hearing loss, or any other industrial disease.
We at Michael Lewin Solicitors are experts in occupational disease litigation, and have a proven record of bringing successful claims for industrial disease on behalf of our clients.
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