Some victims of a personal injury suffer can suffer from irreparable damage, however even those who recover completely from their original injuries may also find that, due to the body's initial damage and healing process, they have acquired another health problem.
One physical difficulty, which is largely passed on genetically but also thought to be triggered by hand injuries is Dupuytren's contracture, also known as Dupuytren's disease or claw-hand.
If you have suffered in an accident which wasn’t your fault and discover Dupuytren’s contracture in your hand, you could be entitled to make a claim against those responsible. YouClaim’s experienced solicitors specialise in specific cases such as these and can help you receive compensation to ensure you make a full recovery. Call us on 0800 10 757 95 or fill in our online enquiry form.
Dupuytren's entails a thickening of some of the tissues under the palm's skin, similar to scar tissue. These small growths and lumps spread until the finger's connective tendons cannot move correctly, making it difficult for the sufferer to straighten their fingers.
The disease usually affects the ring finger first then progresses to the little finger and lastly the middle finger. However, the progression of the disease typically takes months, or even years in some cases.
It is not thought that Dupuytren's contracture is any more common in certain lines of work than others, but if a worker genetically predisposed to the disease sustains a hand injury during their job they may find that Dupuytren's presents itself.
If caught in time, it can be cured with a simple surgical procedure. The NHS carries out around 12,000 Dupuytren's corrective operations a year. However, if a victim does not realise there is a problem and leaves it too long before seeing a specialist, the fingers may remain set in a permanently bent position.
This can make simple tasks, such as buttoning a shirt, very difficult. It could also result in the employee not being able to perform their job, therefore losing their employment and suffering financial difficulties.
Even if a sufferer does have treatment for Dupuytren's in time, after the minor operation, it can take up to two months before full movement of the fingers is regained. This could lead to a loss of earnings.
If you discover Dupuytren’s contracture or any other prolonged health difficulties after the initial injury healed, we could help you make a successful claim for compensation.
A case must be started within three years of the accident believed to be the cause of the suffering
Contact us today for more information. You can get in touch with us on 0800 10 757 95 or request a call back.
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