Work-related dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition caused or made worse by contact with chemical, biological or physical agents in the workplace.
Do you have a Dermatitis Claim?
Occupational dermatitis is one of the most common causes of ill health and affects people working across a wide range of industries.
According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), it is estimated that over 30,000 workers suffer a skin disease as a direct result of their working environment, with over 80,000 people suffering specifically from dermatitis, caused or made worse by their work.
Dermatitis isn’t contagious but it can spread across the body very quickly and in some cases, is incurable.
Types of Dermatitis
- Irritant Contact Dermatitis – this is caused by direct contact with a chemical irritant which damages the skin.
- Allergic Contact Dermatitis – this is caused by an allergy or hypersensitivity to a substance.
If you believe you are suffering from dermatitis as a direct result of your work, then you could be entitled to make a dermatitis claim against your employer.
What are the Symptoms of Dermatitis?
Dermatitis usually affects hands and forearms but can appear in other areas of the body. In some cases, these symptoms may be permanent and can cause an individual to have to stop working. Typical symptoms for dermatitis include:
- Cracked skin
How much compensation for a Dermatitis Claim?
Dependant on how the Dermatitis has been contracted, and the severity of the case, dermatitis claims can vary in their compensation amounts.
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How to make a Dermatitis Claim
If your employer has not taken reasonable steps to prevent you from being exposed to substances or irritants that can cause workplace dermatitis, they may be in breach of their duties as an employer, which means you have grounds to make a claim for compensation.
To make a successful dermatitis claim you will need to prove, through medical evidence, that you have developed dermatitis due to substances or conditions in your workplace. However, our experienced personal injury lawyers are here to help you every step of the way.
Speak to our experienced team of employment solicitors about making a dermatitis claim today.