Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a condition where the skin becomes sore and itchy; it can also look unsightly. Dermatitis can be suffered by both children and adults. Sometimes an individual’s working environment can induce dermatitis, or make it worse for those already suffering from the condition. In such cases the sufferer may well ask, “Can I claim for industrial dermatitis?”
Certain jobs are more likely to cause dermatitis among staff. These include construction workers, people working in salons, electronic workers, farmers, and people working in hospitals. Workers in these industries are more prone to this disease because they either work in an environment with a lot of airborne dust or come into contact with chemicals or, in the case of people working in the electronic industry, soldering fluxes.
Whatever industry you work in, your employer has a duty of care towards your health and safety. This means providing an environment where you are not exposed to dust or chemicals that are likely to infect your skin and give you dermatitis. If your employer has failed to meet health and safety obligations, and if you feel that you are suffering from dermatitis or a pre-existing condition has become worse, you may be able to make a claim for industrial dermatitis.
It is important to understand that dermatitis can have secondary effects; for example, it can be unsightly and cause the sufferer to want to cover up the affected areas, such as the arms, while out in public. If the condition is left untreated the skin can crack and bleed and leave you more prone to secondary infections. It is therefore very important that you make an appointment to see your doctor for a professional diagnosis.
Your doctor’s report on your dermatitis could prove crucial if you decide to make an industrial dermatitis claim. Your doctor will be able to gauge the seriousness of the skin condition and possible cause, which could prove vital when it comes to putting together your claim.
Your dermatitis could lead to you having to take time off work, leading to loss of wages. There are also likely to be extra costs, such as paying for prescriptions and travel to and from the doctor’s surgery or hospital. While any successful industrial dermatitis claim will provide financial compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the skin condition, it will also cover these extra expenses.
When considering whether to make a claim for industrial dermatitis, it is advisable to seek legal advice. Our solicitors here at Accident Advice Helpline are experienced in dealing with this type of claim. Our legal team will be able to gauge whether you have grounds for an industrial dermatitis claim based on your medical report and the information you give. Witness statements from work colleagues detailing your working conditions may also back up your claim. If we find that you do have grounds for a claim, we will be able to provide representation on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: October 14, 2013
Author: David Brown