Skin Conditions Compensation Claims
There are many skin conditions which are caused wholly or partly by exposure to substances at work. These conditions include dermatitis, skin cancer and psoriasis.
Dermatitis is the most common work related condition and refers to inflammation of the skin. It is often referred to as eczema. Symptoms of dermatitis include scaling and flaking of the skin, blistering, cracking, swelling and redness. The most common types of dermatitis are irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.
Anyone developing allergic contact dermatitis is likely to suffer from sensitive skin which reacts to certain substances and allergens. In such circumstances the skin will react to any contact with an allergen giving rise to symptoms. Individuals who are prone to allergies are known as ‘atopic’. Steps should be taken to avoid exposure to substances which are known to give rise to allergic reactions.
Irritant contact dermatitis normally arises through direct contact with a specific irritant. As a consequence this will commonly develop on the hands or other areas of the body where direct exposure may occur. Numerous substances are known to contain irritant properties and these should be identified on the Safety Data Sheet supplied with each product. Even water can cause irritant dermatitis if there is prolonged exposure.
Anyone can develop irritant contact dermatitis although ‘atopic’ individuals are at greater risk.
Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, every employer must take appropriate steps to avoid exposure to substances which are known to cause injury. Where exposure cannot be avoided completely, appropriate measures must be taken to minimise the risk of injury, for example by the provision of suitable personal protective equipment. Barrier creams and moisturising creams may also assist in reducing the risk of dermatitis. In addition every employer should ensure that washing facilities are readily available and that hygiene rules are followed by all employees.
If you have been diagnosed as suffering from a skin condition which you believe has been caused by your work, it may be possible to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. At Sintons our industrial disease and occupational injury specialists have a wealth of experience in pursuing claims arising from dermatitis and other work related skin conditions.
All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.