An Industrial Dermatitis Claims Guide
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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 train all staff correctly and ensure there is adequate safety equipment so it should be completely avoidable. However when employers are lax or negligent, then it is possible employees can suffer.
So talk to The Compensation Experts if you have industrial dermatitis and want to know whether you can claim compensation.
Types of Industrial Dermatitis Claims
Industrial dermatitis can occur when an employee has exposure to any chemical which irritates their skin and causes it to become itchy. 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. They must do this by providing the correct protective equipment, and ensuring all staff are aware of the risks of the substances they use. You may find that your skin flares up after the initial exposure, or it could be after you have been working with a chemical for years. Every client is different, which is why it is important that you use a personal injury lawyer with experience.
How is Dermatitis Treated?
- Blotches or blisters
- Dry cracked skin
Dermatitis is painful and unsightly, which causes some victims to be ashamed of the way their skin looks. It is not contagious but can make those suffering from it feel awkward about showing 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. This normally consists of topical 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 the cause is 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 who have it. Ways you can protect yourself include: wearing protective clothing, washing and drying your skin after using chemicals (even if you have worn gloves), taking care of your skin outside of work, and monitoring for signs of dermatitis. This is so you can treat it before it becomes a significant problem.
Industrial Dermatitis is common 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.
So 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)
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In these cases you may then have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can also differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure. These include: extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.Find out more
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence. They will then notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be up to date every step of the way.Find out more