What is occupational dermatitis?
Occupational dermatitis, a type of eczema, is the inflammation of the skin caused by contact with a damaging substance or surface, or through exposure to hazardous chemicals, within the working environment. In severe cases, and particularly when someone makes a claim for compensation, the symptoms of the condition can be very serious indeed.
Many claimants suffering with the debilitating pain and irritation of eczema are left unable to work. This is particularly common when it affects the hands. In such cases, a loss of dexterity can leave the sufferer unable to perform simple tasks such as opening and closing zips, washing hands or tying shoelaces. Furthermore, any contact with or near the cause of the condition can result in painful flare-ups.
Employers have a legal responsibility to provide a safe and secure working environment that adequately assesses the risks faced by staff. This would include the handling of hazardous chemicals, solutions or substances. Such an environment would ensure that all staff members are provided with training and guidance in order that they know what hazardous substances are present, how to handle them, and also given the correct safety equipment such as gloves, protective clothing or breathing apparatus.
Why claim compensation for eczema?
Eczema sufferers know all too well what a horrible condition it can be. In addition to the physical pain and itching, there are the psychological effects present with any visible skin disease or injury. Sufferers can feel withdrawn and anxious, aware of others looking at them and avoiding touch. There is no single treatment that works for everyone, and if you find something that does work, there’s no guarantee it will work forever. Searching for effective treatment becomes expensive and frustrating.
Claiming compensation can help to address these and other issues:
- Making a claim is your legal right, and fairly compensates you for a condition that was not your fault
- It can pay for private medical treatment and therapies
- It can make up for lost income now and in the future if you are prevented from working again
Once your claim is active and your solicitor has obtained an admission of liability from your employer, your claim will succeed. At this point, your solicitor can look to help you recover quicker by obtaining specialist rehabilitation therapies. In the case of occupational eczema or dermatitis, this could include private consultations or treatment unavailable on the NHS. These will be provided at the expense of the liable third party.
With Direct2Compensation, all claims are made on a no win no fee basis, giving claimants access to justice as you can pursue a claim without having to worry about the cost. You will be able to claim a settlement for the severity of the dermatitis, the pain, discomfort and suffering caused by it and also claim back any lost income or costs incurred because of the condition.
When you can make a claim
If you have been caused to suffer from dermatitis or eczema as a result of the negligence of an employer, you have a legal right to pursue a no win no fee claim for injury compensation.
To succeed with a claim, the sufferer will have to demonstrate that the condition has been sufficiently serious to warrant a claim and that medical treatment has been sought and received.
Employers may be held liable for industrial dermatitis if they fail to:
- Provide adequate training and guidance regarding identified hazardous substances, chemicals or materials that may be present through normal working activities.
- Provide staff with the correct and adequate personal protective equipment.
- Ensure that all noxious or dangerous chemicals are handled in compliance with the ‘Controls of Substances Hazardous to Health’ (COSHH) guidelines, and that chemicals are stored and controlled accordingly.
How Direct2Compensation can help with your eczema claim
At Direct2Compensation, we know your rights and can help you to understand whether your eczema is something you are likely to be able to hold your employer liable for.
We can advise you on important issues, such as helping you to make sure that the details of your condition, and the negligence of your employer, have been properly reported and recorded.
Over the years we have successfully assisted many claimants who have suffered with ill health or conditions such as occupational dermatitis, and helped them to find the right specialist solicitor to manage their claim.
Direct2Compensation work with some of the best expert injury compensation solicitors in the UK. With our easy to understand claims process and ability to handle your claim quickly, simply and transparently, there are many reasons that make us the right choice when it comes to starting your claim for eczema compensation.
To start your claim today, or even to find out a little bit more about the claims process and how we can help, fill out our claims form and we’ll call you back, or if you prefer, you can call us on 01225 430285.
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