Making a dermatitis claim
If you’re suffering from dermatitis and you think it might have been caused by your working conditions, it’s worth getting in touch with us to find out if you can claim.
If your job requires you to come into regular contact with substances such as cement, cleaning products or chemicals, and your employer failed to provide adequate protection for your skin, you could be entitled to compensation.
Call us today or start your claim online – you could be speaking to a solicitor in minutes and free of charge.
Even if you have not come into contact with any of the substances described above, work-related dermatitis could still be affecting you.
Frequently coming into contact with water over a long period of time has the potential to irritate sensitive skin, leaving many employees susceptible. If you work in a factory, as a hairdresser or as an engineer, for example, you may have developed dermatitis through your working conditions.
The best way to find out if you’ll be able to make a dermatitis claim is to call us for free today on 0800 540 4258 or let us call you by completing the form below.
We know the problems a skin condition like this can cause. If you’ve had to take any time of work or you’ve suffered pain and discomfort, compensation can help make up for these setbacks and get you back on your feet.
What is dermatitis?
Dermatitis is an irritation or inflammation of the skin. The term can also be used to describe a number of different conditions.
The most common types of dermatitis are caused either by allergies to things like dust, hair or enzymes, or by irritants such as those contained in cleaning products or industrial materials. These two types of dermatitis are called ‘irritant contact dermatitis’ and ‘allergic contact dermatitis’.
The term ‘dermatitis’ is often used to describe eczema, as well. However, eczema usually occurs during a person’s early years. If you have developed a skin irritation later in life, it is possible that external causes, perhaps introduced through your working conditions, are at the root of your condition.
If this is the case, and your employer failed to provide the correct protection, then you may be able to make a dermatitis claim.
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Symptoms of dermatitis
While dermatitis is not contagious, if left untreated it can spread to other areas of the body. If you have developed an irritation, you should seek medical attention from your doctor or a dermatologist.
Symptoms to be aware of include:
- Itchiness of the skin
- Rashes, which can sometimes appear bumpy, or cracking of the skin
- Blotchiness and redness in affected areas
Symptoms usually occur in sensitive areas such as the back of the knee or the inside of the elbow and can range from mild to severe.
In severe cases, dermatitis can lead to broken skin and an increased risk of infection.
Protecting your skin
The most effective way to prevent dermatitis is to avoid direct contact with any harmful chemicals or materials.
If using a harmful chemical is necessary in your workplace, then your employer should ensure you are wearing proper protective equipment, such as gloves and overalls, whenever these substances are present.
As there is no cure for dermatitis, prevention is important. There are some simple things you can do to protect the general health of your skin. These include:
- Try to have showers instead of baths
- Pat the skin dry with a towel instead of rubbing it
- Try to use skin friendly products that are free from perfumes