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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Identifying dermatitis


    Dermatitis is the most common form of work-related skin condition, but it can be difficult to diagnose due to the fact that it causes similar symptoms to other skin diseases. Dermatitis is often linked to accidents at work and the working environment and if you have experienced symptoms on a long-term basis, you may be eligible for compensation.

    Symptoms of dermatitis

    Dermatitis is characterised by red, itchy, dry patches of skin, which may sometimes cause a burning or stinging sensation; blisters can also occur as a result of contact dermatitis. Dermatitis, a form of eczema, is most commonly found on the hands, but it can affect all areas of the body.

    Many people find that the symptoms of dermatitis flare up when they are exposed to specific environments and this is very common among people who work in certain jobs

    Dermatitis: Have you had an accident at work or developed a work-related illness?

    There are two main causes of dermatitis and they include exposure to irritants and allergens; examples of irritants include chemicals, solvents, washing powder and detergent, cement, dust and soil. When dermatitis is caused by an irritant, the skin is actually damaged; when it is associated with an allergen, the symptoms are caused by an immune system reaction, which occurs as a result of the body’s defence system mistaking the allergen for a harmful threat. Examples of allergens include cosmetics, perfume, textiles and materials and plants.

    Dermatitis is more common among certain types of workers due to the fact that they are exposed to irritants on a regular basis. People who have the following occupations have a higher risk of developing dermatitis:

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    • cleaners
    • chefs and catering staff
    • builders and constructions workers
    • factory workers
    • farm workers
    • painters and decorators
    • hairdressers and beauticians

    If you have dermatitis as a result of an accident at work, such as an industrial spillage or a chemical leak, or you have developed the disease as a result of your working environment, you may be able to make a work accident claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of people to claim compensation as a result of allergic reactions and work-related illnesses and the firm has an excellent reputation for offering a stress-free, reliable service to clients. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of legal experts made up of specialists in an array of different fields and most clients do not have to go to court. All lawyers operate on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.

    Date Published: October 28, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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