Although employers must prevent staff members from coming into contact with dangerous substances, numerous individuals are affected by work-related skin diseases annually, such as contact dermatitis. If you were one of these people, then you might be able to benefit though Seth Lovis & Co.
For example, if your employer failed to follow The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 – resulting in you sustaining harm – then our team of solicitors could assist you in claiming compensation. Not only can this lead to financial benefits, but legal action could spur your employer into implementing necessary precautions – preventing the incident from occurring again.
While our lawyers have handled numerous claims related to hazardous substances, many of them seem to involve contact dermatitis. To find out if you could also claim for this skin disease, contact us today through an online enquiry form or by calling 0808 252 0678.
What is contact dermatitis?
The NHS website describes contact dermatitis as a type of eczema which affects the skin, sometimes causing it to become inflamed, red, blistered, or cracked. Although most sufferers should see their symptoms improve following medical treatment, others could suffer additional effects.
In some situations, this may lead to an infection which may require treatment with antibiotics to fully heal. As a result, these people may be unable to complete their normal day-to-day routines, work, and could even experience depression.
However, although many sufferers may feel uneasy in making an accident at work claim against their employer, they may be entitled to receive contact dermatitis compensation if their symptoms were caused by the negligent actions of a duty-holder or fellow employee.
Contact dermatitis in the workplace
According to the NHS, irritants are responsible for 80% of all contact dermatitis cases. In addition, many of these substances are used in several high-risk occupations, such as cleaning, catering, or construction. However, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states these materials could be found in almost any workplace.
To prevent staff members form suffering the effects of contact dermatitis, the HSE states employers should follow "three simple steps":
- Prevent employees from coming into contact with dermatitis-causing substances – They might be able to do this by switching to a non-toxic chemical or instructing employees to use tools or equipment when handling dangerous materials.
- Instructing employees to protect their skin – This could be fulfilled by supplying personal protective equipment, teaching staff members to follow proper decontamination methods, or training workers about the dangers of contact dermatitis.
- Look out for symptoms of contact dermatitis – Employers could ensure this by regularly checking the skin of staff members who are at risk of suffering this condition. By detecting the early symptoms, workers could be less at risk of sustaining more serious effects.
Can I claim compensation for contact dermatitis?
If you developed contact dermatitis, you might be entitled to claim compensation if your condition was caused by the negligent actions of your employer.
At Seth Lovis & Co. our team of expert work accident solicitors have many years experience in resolving matters related to chemical exposure and could help you obtain damages to refund treatment fees, lost earnings, as well as improve your quality of life.
To find out if you are entitled to claim contact dermatitis compensation, please call and speak with one of our expert solicitors on 0808 252 0678 or submit an online enquiry form.