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While it's true that the exact causes of Dupuytren’s Contracture are yet to be fully determined, research has shown that there are several factors that contribute to its development. Among the list of contributing factors – which include genetics (a significant proportion of sufferers have a family history of the condition) and the person's age and gender (the condition is more common in men over 50) – previous injuries to the hand, as well as the sufferer's occupation are also indicated in occurrences.

Although the evidence is not as strong as the non-occupational causes, recent research has suggested a possible link between Dupuytren’s Contracture  and over-use of the hands, through manual labour or regular contact with vibrating tools.

Who is most at risk?

The link with vibration and the hands means that the condition is similar to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), with those who suffer from HAVS also likely to be at a higher risk of Dupuytren's Contracture. Workers in the following types of employment could therefore be susceptible to developing the condition: 

Workers in the following types of employment could therefore be at risk:

  • Construction
  • Forestry
  • Factory assembly lines
  • Estate management
  • Foundries
  • Heavy steel manufacture

As with any other form of work related upper limb disorder, your employer is under a duty to minimise the risk of you developing, or aggravating, a condition such as Dupuytren’s Contracture by providing proper training on the use of tools and equipment, making sure that such tools and equipment are safe to use at all times, and that employees are given all the necessary protective gear. 

If your employer does not make sure all the appropriate precautions are enforced in the workplace and, as a result, you do develop the condition or have it aggravated, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Because there are many prominent causes other than those that are occupational, you may be unsure as to whether you’re entitled to compensation for Dupuytren's Contracture. If you're uncertain about whether you will be able to make a claim, then our experienced solicitors, who are all experts in the field of personal injury, will be able to provide you with the help and advice you require. 

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Thompsons Solicitors is Scotland's largest personal injury firm, helping the victims of all sorts of incidents receive the compensation that is owed to them.

We believe that the purpose of compensation is to help the victim better cope with their injury. We don't want victims to feel discouraged from making a claim because they are worried about legal fees. That's why we offer a No Win No Fee Solicitors package, ensuring that you won't have to pay us anything if your case is unsuccessful.

So, to see how Thompsons can help you, call 0800 0891331 today or click here.

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