An Industrial Dermatitis Claims Guide
Industrial dermatitis, sometimes known as occupational dermatitis, happens when the skin comes into contact with chemicals that either cause inflammation, or which exacerbate an existing skin condition. Employers are obliged to provide the correct training and adequate safety equipment so it should be completely avoidable, however when employers are lax or negligent, then it is possible employees can suffer.
Talk to The Compensation Experts if you have developed industrial dermatitis and want to know whether you can claim compensation.
Types of Industrial Dermatitis Claims
Industrial dermatitis can occur when an employee is exposed to any chemical which irritates their skin and causes it to become itchy and inflamed. Examples include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Cleaning solutions
Even if you are the only person affected in your workplace, your employer still has a duty to ensure you are protected by providing the correct protective equipment (including being in the right size for you) and ensuring all staff are aware of the risks associated with working with the substances they use. You may find that your skin flares up after the initial exposure, or it could be something that happens after you have been working with a chemical for many years. Every client is different which is why it is important that when you claim compensation for occupational dermatitis, you use a personal injury lawyer with experience in this area.
How is Dermatitis Treated?
- Blotches or blisters
- Dry cracked skin
Dermatitis is painful and unsightly, with some victims being ashamed of the way the affected skin looks. It is not contagious but can make those suffering from it feel awkward about showing their hands, face, and other affected areas in public.
See your GP if you think you are suffering from industrial dermatitis. They will be able to diagnose whether you are, and prescribe a course of treatment which normally consists of topical corticosteroid cream or ointment and possibly antihistamines to relieve the itching. The sooner you see your GP for a diagnosis, the easier it will be to determine whether it has been caused by your workplace, or if it is related to something else.
Claiming Compensation for Occupational Dermatitis
Dermatitis may not be a life-threatening condition, but it can make life miserable for those afflicted with it. You can protect yourself by wearing protective clothing, washing and drying your skin after using chemicals (even if you have worn gloves or outer clothing), taking care of your skin outside of work, and being vigilant in monitoring for signs of dermatitis so you can treat it before it becomes a significant problem.
Industrial Dermatitis is prevalent among hairdressers and cleaners, but it can happen in any industry where employees use or are exposed to irritants. If you can show your dermatitis resulted from your employer flouting their obligations as set out in the relevant legislation* then you may have grounds for a compensation claim.
Contact The Compensation Experts today to find out how we can help you.
* (Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999)
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Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
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