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Occupational Dermatitis

If you have developed dermatitis or eczema through coming into contact with irritants or allergens at work, you may be entitled to compensation.

True Solicitors are highly experienced in dealing with occupational dermatitis, and other industrial disease claims. We operate on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning that there are no upfront costs to you. We offer a free initial, no obligation assessment of your case.

Call us on 0344 854 7000 to discuss your claim, or submit your details below and we’ll call you back at a time convenient for you.

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What is occupational dermatitis?

Occupational dermatitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the skin due to prolonged contact with irritant substances or allergens in the workplace. It can present itself in the form of:

• Severe dryness and itchiness
• Redness and swelling
• Painful sores and blisters
• Blistering, cracking and weeping
• Blotchiness of the skin

Substances that typically cause it include:

• Water, soaps and detergents
• Petrol and diesel
• Paints
• Glues
• Foods – including but not limited to: flour/dough, sugar, spices and citrus fruits.

Which professions are most at risk of developing occupational dermatitis?

Occupational dermatitis can affect people working in all different types of profession, however those who work in the following jobs have a higher chance of developing the skin condition:

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

What is my employer’s responsibility?

Employers are legally obliged under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to protect the safety and well being of their staff in the workplace. This includes conducting risk assessments and putting in place ‘reasonable’ measures to protect staff from dangers.

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Act 2002 (COSHH) employers are required to manage exposure to dangerous substances where it is not possible for them to be removed or substituted.

If your employer fails to implement any of the below precautions or procedures and you develop occupational dermatitis as a result, this could result in a claim for negligence. Your employer must:

• Provide appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE), such as gloves or long sleeved shirts.
• Limit employees’ exposure to irritants as much as possible, for example through job rotation.
• Conduct regular risk assessments and health and safety training.

What evidence do I need to make a claim?

It is vital to have your condition examined and diagnosed by dermatologist, along with supplying proof that your symptoms were caused due to exposure to irritants in the workplace.

Do I have a limited amount of time to make a claim?

Any claim must be made within three years from the date in which you became aware that your dermatitis might be work-related.

What will the value of my claim be?

The amount of compensation that you may receive is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. Factors taken into account include:

• The severity of your further health complications.
• How your life has been affected by your illness.
• Your future care and support needs.
• Financial losses, including how much money you have lost or will lose as a result of your condition (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).

How much will claim cost?

True Solicitors handle all occupational dermatitis claims on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning that there are no upfront costs to pay.

We offer a free initial, no obligation assessment of your case. Contact us on 0344 854 7000 or submit your details via our online enquiry form and we’ll call you back.

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