Hand Condition “Dupuytren’s Contracture” now classified as an Industrial Disease
Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that affects the sufferer by causing a thickening of tissue located in the palm of the hand. In severe cases, it can cause the fingers to bend inwards towards the palm of the hand causing difficulty in straightening the fingers.
The condition is not known to be painful for the individual however the lack of movement in the hand can cause issues conducting day to day activities.
What Causes Dupuytren’s Contracture
Possible causes of Dupuytren’s Contracture can be in the form of genetics, diabetes, heavy smoking, and a side effect of some medication for epilepsy. Recent studies have shown that there may be a link between Dupuytren’s Contracture and manual work with the use of vibratory tools.
As a result of these studies and the appearance of symptoms found in former pitmen, the Miners Union leaders have campaigned for the disease to be recognised as an industrial disease. In the past, the Miners Union have successfully campaigned for diseases such as VWF (Vibration White Finger), CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and Osteoarthritis of the knees to become recognised as industrial diseases.
Recognition as an Industrial Disease
The Industrial Injuries Advisory Counsel has submitted a report to the department of Work and Pensions which if endorsed would mean that hundreds of former miners affected by the condition would qualify for IIDB (Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit).
To be eligible for IIDB the sufferer must fit a certain criteria –
- Suffer fixed flexion deformity in one or more digits
- Used vibrating handheld power tools
- Spent ten years in the industry
Roberts Jackson can provide legal advice and assistance with an IIDB claim.
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