Claim Compensation for Occupational Dermatitis
At AWH Solicitors, our experts are here to help manage your occupational dermatitis claim from start to finish.
Occupational dermatitis sufferers are eligible to claim compensation for any medical and financial setbacks that they have experienced as a result of their work-related skin condition.
Legal Support and Guidance for Occupational Dermatitis
With our thorough and up-to-date knowledge of health and safety legislation, our solicitors can determine whether your skin condition is caused at your place of work and if you can claim compensation for the harm it’s caused.
We will speak with you about your case in detail and collect all the evidence required to create a strong case on your behalf.
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You can get on with your day-to-day life, while our solicitors do the hard work for you.
What is occupational dermatitis?
Occupational dermatitis is the inflammation of the skin which can be caused in multiple ways. It could be from contact with certain hazardous substances or it can be caused certain elements of their working environment.
Occupational dermatitis is not contagious, meaning it can't spread from one person to another.
Most often this type of skin condition is only found on the hands, as a person’s hands are most exposed and most likely to be in contact with substances triggering skin reactions.
Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that an estimated 84,000 people have dermatitis, caused or made worse due to their working conditions.
What are causes of occupational dermatitis?
There are certain jobs that carry a higher risk of occupational contact dermatitis, including:
- Engineering and construction
- Hairdressing and beauty
- Cleaning and housekeeping
- Cooking and catering
- Nursing and healthcare
However, dermatitis can affect workers in all sectors.
Occupational dermatitis can develop by either regular contact with a weak causative agent or short-term exposure to a much stronger irritant.
What has caused my occupational dermatitis?
Occupational dermatitis can occur when exposure to an environment or substance at work has caused or worsened your skin irritation.
Our solicitors will gain an understanding of your employment history to be able to gauge whether your condition is linked to your work.
They will look out for any contact you have had with substances, known as causative agents, that can cause dermatitis.
For example, such substances include:
The list of substances and atmospheres that can result in dermatitis is forever growing.
What are symptoms of occupational dermatitis?
Occupational dermatitis symptoms can vary depending on the contact and substance in question.
Below is a list of the most common symptoms relating to contact dermatitis from the workplace.
- Blotchiness of the skin
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms you will need to visit your local GP.
Your GP can get you a diagnosis and treatment for your symptoms.
Getting your GP to diagnose your condition will also help us to prove that your skin condition is, or is not, occupational dermatitis.
If you are for any reason unable to see a doctor our legal team can organise a medical assessment for you, but we may require pictures of the affected areas before making a decision on whether or not we can take your case on.
Who is responsible for my occupational dermatitis?
Your employer has a legal duty to protect your health and safety. This means they should have policies and procedures that reduce the risk of you suffering from any health conditions, including occupational dermatitis.
Actions to avoid employees suffering from occupational dermatitis can include providing personal protective equipment such as gloves, and, where possible, an employer can also choose to use emollients and safer products.
If you have dermatitis and your employer has failed to meet their legal responsibility, they can be held responsible for the skin condition and the impact it has had on your life. As a result, you may be able to claim compensation.
What are my employee rights on occupational skin allergies?
Employees across all sectors are entitled to work in environments where occupational hazards are properly controlled, regardless of the type of tasks they perform.
Your employer should be 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 subsequently prevent you from developing workplace conditions such as occupational dermatitis.
Am I entitled to claim compensation for my occupational dermatitis?
If your employer has not lived up to their legal obligation, which has caused your dermatitis to develop or worsen, you may be entitled to claim compensation for any pain and suffering, financial setbacks and medical treatment related to the skin condition.
Our solicitors will be able to assess your claim for you, so simply give us a call or explain your situation in more detail in the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Is it difficult to prove that dermatitis has been caused by work?
Getting legal help and support from a reputable legal firm like AWH Solicitors will ensure that pursuing your claim for compensation will remain simple and straightforward.
We can help you assess the cause of your occupational dermatitis and manage the claims process from start to finish, putting together a strong case on your behalf.
If you have any further questions or would like to know more about our claims process, please feel free to contact us for further information.
Making a Dermatitis Compensation Claim
With a full understanding of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations, our solicitors will make sure that you are fully compensated for the pain and suffering, loss of earnings and medical care you require.
To begin your claim process, contact our dermatitis compensation claim solicitors on 0844 414 0667.
During the initial consultation, we will gain a full overview of your personal circumstances and employment history in order to decide on the best course of action.
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