Occupational Dermatitis

Making a claim for occupational dermatitisWhat is Dermatitis?

An inflammation of the skin caused by skin contact with a damaging substance. The symptoms and seriousness of the condition can vary widely. The symptoms usually begin with redness and irritation, and can result in swelling, cracked skin, bleeding, blisters or weals on the skin. The symptoms can be permanent, and the individual may unable to work as a result.

What causes Occupational Dermatitis?

Occupational Dermatitis is caused by something in the workplace for example exposure to chemicals, frequent hand-washing or wearing gloves.

What are the common forms of Occupational Dermatitis?

Irritant Contact Dermatitis – this occurs when something damages the skin. Almost any chemical can damage the skin particularly hair dyes, solvents, oils, paints, varnishes, paints, foods or metalworking fluids.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis – this occurs when the individual becomes allergic to a substance mainly through repeated exposure. There are more than 3,600 substances that can cause an allergic reaction and these include cosmetics, antibiotics, dyes and rubber.

What type of work can cause Occupational Dermatitis?

In the catering industry, the prolonged contact with water, soaps and detergents causes about 55% of all dermatitis cases. A variety of foods have been shown to cause dermatitis including flour/dough, spices fish and meats. Healthcare workers are also prone due to contact with rubber/latex gloves and some alcohol hand based sanitisers. Also prone to Occupational Dermatitis are beauticians, painters, cleaners and hairdressers, although the list is by no means exhaustive.

What rights do you have as an employee?
If you have developed dermatitis that has been caused or made worse by work, you are entitled to make a compensation claim including any losses that you have suffered due to the condition.

How can GO-Law help you?
If you have been diagnosed with Occupational Dermatitis within the last three years, or believe that you may suffer from the condition, we can help you to claim compensation. If you have had to stop working because of it, we will also claim compensation for your loss of earnings. We are here to help on a No Win No Fee basis. We will visit you at home and try and make the whole process as simple and easy as possible. Please contact us today for a free consultation.

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