Seth Lovis & Co industrial illness solicitors are specialists in securing compensation for those who develop dermatitis as a result of conditions in the workplace.
If you have developed dermatitis as a result of working with cement or as a hairdresser; working in a kitchen, on a construction site, in a factory or any other setting, you may be able to secure compensation for your pain, losses and expenses. Call 0808 252 0678 today to arrange a dermatitis claim consultation.
What is dermatitis?
Dermatitis is a medical term used to describe inflammation of the skin, as well as a variety of other related dermatological symptoms. The most commonly known form of dermatitis is eczema, which, although common among children, can also be caused by conditions within the workplace. Broadly speaking, there are two main types of dermatitis; irritant contact dermatitis, and allergic contact dermatitis.
There are several potential causes of dermatitis, these include exposure to enzymes, dust, coolants, chlorinated water, dyes, oils as well as a variety of chemicals. The rate of occupational dermatitis is particularly high among cement workers.
Dermatitis among cement workers – an important study
According to a 2011 Taiwan study, occupational dermatitis is a significant health concern for cement workers.
The important piece of research used a questionnaire and dermatologist-conducted skin examination to look at the experiences of nearly 100 workers from the Cement Workers' Association of Tainan City and County. It found that 65 of 97 workers suffered from some form of occupational, cement-related dermatitis.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most affected part of the body was the hand, with thickening of the dorsal surface particularly common around the metacarpophalangeal joint; hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin) around the palm was another of the most common problems noted.
Patch testing took place using allergens from European Standard Tray (Chemotechnique Diagnostic AB, Sweden) with a total of 25 substances applied to the each participant's skin.
The tests showed that 24 out of the 97 respondents suffered an allergic reaction to potassium dichromate, nine to thiuram mix, nine to a standard cement fragrance mix and seven to cobalt chloride.
In final diagnosis, following thorough skin examination and patch testing, 43 of 97 cement workers had irritant cement contact dermatitis and 22 had allergic cement contact dermatitis.
Cement-related dermatitis claims with Seth Lovis & Co
If you have been diagnosed with cement-related dermatitis and believe that it may be attributable to conditions in your workplace, Seth Lovis & Co's specialist legal team could help you make a dermatitis claim for your pain, medical expenses and any lost earnings.
We specialise in all areas of industrial injury litigation and act for clients who suffer from a wide range of industrial conditions including deafness, vibration white finger and occupational asthma. Call 0808 252 0678 for further information.