Industrial Dermatitis Claims
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What is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis is a common condition that has many causes and occurs in many forms. It usually involves itchy, dry skin or a rash on swollen, reddened skin. It may also cause the skin to blister, ooze, crust or flake off.
What is Contact Dermatitis?
Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema triggered by contact with a particular substance. It usually improves or clears up completely if the substance causing the problem is identified and avoided, and treatments are also available to help ease the symptoms.
Making an Occupational Dermatitis Claim
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. To avoid cases, employers are obliged to train all staff correctly and ensure there is adequate safety equipment.
However when employers are lax or negligent, employees are more likely to suffer. If you think you have industrial dermatitis, talk to The Compensation Experts today about making a compensation claim.
Types of Occupational Dermatitis Claims
Occupational dermatitis can occur when an employee is exposed to any chemical or irritant that causes the skin to become itchy. Examples include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Cleaning solutions
Even if you are the only affected person in your workplace, your employer still has a duty to ensure you are protected from occupational dermatitis; they must provide the correct protective equipment, and ensure 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 industrial dermatitis compensation client is different, so it is important that you use a personal injury lawyer with varied and extensive experience.
How is Dermatitis Treated?
Industrial dermatitis can cause:
- 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, and they will be able to diagnose and prescribe a course of treatment. This normally consists of topical cream or ointment, and possibly antihistamines to relieve any itching. The sooner you see your GP for a diagnosis, the easier it will be to determine whether the cause is your workplace, or whether it is related to something else.
Claiming Compensation for Occupational Dermatitis
Industrial dermatitis may not be a life-threatening condition, but it can make life miserable for those who have it. Ways you can protect yourself from occupational dermatitis becoming a significant problem 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
- Monitoring for signs of dermatitis.
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 prove that your dermatitis resulted from your employer flouting their obligations as set out in the relevant legislation*, 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)
Am I eligible?
If you have developed symptoms of occupational dermatitis in the last 3 years, caused as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.
Exceptions to this are industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In each case, you may have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every case of industrial dermatitis is different, the amount of compensation paid out can vary from case to case. Factors that contribute to the final figure include the extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, and estimated future losses.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much occupational dermatitis compensation you could potentially claim for.Find out more
How does the process work?
When you make an industrial dermatitis claim, it’s important to know what to expect. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence, and notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your occupational dermatitis solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.Find out more