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Occupational Dermatitis Claims – Claim Compensation for Work-Related Dermatitis

Each person’s situation is unique, which is why we believe it’s always best to get tailored legal advice before you make the decision to start a dermatitis compensation claim. To help you get started, we offer a free and fast no-obligation assessment of your claim over the phone.

Our occupational dermatitis claims specialists will go through a range of questions to get a clear understanding of your situation before explaining which legal options are available to you.

What is Occupational Dermatitis

Occupational dermatitis is the inflammation of your skin that is caused by contact with certain hazardous substances or other elements of your working environment.

Dermatitis is not contagious, so it can’t spread from one person to another.

Most often dermatitis is only found on the hands, as your hands are the most exposed part of your body which is most likely to be in contact with substances hazardous to health triggering skin diseases and reactions.

Symptoms of Occupational Dermatitis

Dermatitis can present itself in different ways. For example, your skin may show:

  • Redness and dryness
  • Scaling and flaking
  • Blistering, cracking or weeping
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Blotchiness of the skin

Symptoms of dermatitis can vary depending on the contact period and substance.

Are you suffering from these dermatitis symptoms as a result of your work? Then we can help you claim occupational dermatitis compensation.

Causes of Occupational Dermatitis

Certain substances are more likely to aggravate your skin than others. Dermatitis can develop by either regular contact with a weaker substance, or short-term exposure to a much stronger irritant.

Substances that can cause dermatitis are also known as causative agents. Examples of such causative agents are:

  • Flour
  • Cement
  • Bleaches
  • Paints
  • Glues

The list of substances and atmospheres that can result in dermatitis is much longer than this, as even repetitive and long-term exposure to water can cause the skin condition to develop.

Of course, if you work around a causative agent like one listed above every day then it’s hard to avoid coming into contact with it. However, your employer should provide you with adequate protection such as gloves so that you don’t develop or trigger dermatitis.

We understand that having any type of work-related dermatitis symptoms can be irritating, and can negatively affect your everyday life. If you have suffered from dermatitis from work then we can help you with your occupational dermatitis claim.

Jobs at Risk of Developing Dermatitis

There are certain jobs that carry a higher risk of developing occupational contact dermatitis. If you’re in one of the following professions, you may have a higher chance of developing industrial dermatitis:

  • Engineering and construction
  • Hairdressing and beauty
  • Cleaning and housekeeping
  • Cooking and catering
  • Nursing and healthcare

Work related dermatitis can affect employees in all sectors. You may be able to claim compensation for occupational dermatitis regardless of the industry you work in. If you are in this category, we can help you with your industrial dermatitis claims.

Your Employer’s Responsibility & Occupational Dermatitis Claims

Your employer is legally obliged to protect your health and safety.

To protect you from dermatitis they should provide you with proper protection such as gloves or long sleeved shirts where these are required.

Your employer should show a duty of care by carrying out regular risk assessment and acting upon any risks present in the workplace. These assessments can help to protect you from any danger and prevent you from developing dermatitis based on your workplace working conditions.

If your employer fails to carry out these essential assessments and you develop dermatitis as a result, we can help you with your industrial dermatitis claim.

Expert Work-Related Dermatitis Solicitors

Starting Your Occupational Dermatitis Claim

Do you think you suffer from work-related dermatitis?

We will help you establish the cause of your occupational dermatitis when we assess your eligibility to claim for occupational dermatitis compensation.

After our industrial disease solicitors have assessed your eligibility to claim industrial dermatitis compensation, we will put together a strong case on your behalf, helping you claim for the maximum compensation. We are regulated by the solicitors regulation authority and the industrial disease claims are no win no fee basis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is occupational dermatitis?

Occupational dermatitis is the inflammation of skin caused by exposure to certain substances at work.

It’s not contagious, so it can’t spread from one person to another.

The symptoms and severity of dermatitis vary greatly, however, most people suffering from this condition will first notice redness and irritation of the skin, and it most commonly occurs on the hands.

If you’ve developed work-related dermatitis, our industrial disease solicitors want to help you.

What are causes of dermatitis?

Dermatitis can be caused by regular contact with many different types of substances which we would generally regard as safe. However, as a result of working with these substances constantly and without the right protection, they can cause dermatitis.

Common examples of this are flour, citrus oils, cleaning products, cooking fumes, or even water. Having your hands wet for long periods of time on a daily basis can cause dermatitis.