Dermatitis is a skin conditions that can have a number of different causes.
Where ‘contact dermatitis’ is caused by coming into direct contact with an irritating substance or other allergen, conditions such as ‘dermatitis herpetiformis’ are caused by internal conditions. The symptoms of dermatitis are very similar to eczema, the most obvious of which is a rash.
Even now, there are many jobs which require those doing them to handle irritating substances. For these jobs there are strict Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines designed to protect people from this unpleasant condition.
As with other dangerous substances, like asbestos, if a company can be shown to have neglected their duties to their employees, or if the necessary safety precautions haven’t been taken, employers can find themselves in a very difficult position.
If an employee who has been handling irritating substances or allergens as part of their job begins to suffer with any form or dermatitis, they are entitled to make a dermatitis compensation claim. The details of the claim and the compensation that the victim is entitled to will vary depending on the level of negligence shown by the employer – and the severity of the dermatitis.
Recently, a man from Swadlincote developed dermatitis as a result of handling epoxy resins at work. Though certain safeguards were in place to protect the workers from the harmful effects of the epoxy resins, Paul Eames’ employers continued to ask him to work with the resins long after he developed, and documented, his symptoms. His employers have recently settled for a total of £5,000.
Every year there are many people who develop dermatitis due to exposure to harmful chemicals in the workplace. Many are unaware they are suffering from dermatitis and many others are simply reluctant to make a claim. If you’ve developed dermatitis symptoms you should get legal advice as soon as possible. Don’t suffer because of your employer’s mistakes.