What are Occupational Skin Diseases?
Irritants found in the workplace, such as chemicals, glues and dusts, have the potential to cause painful skin conditions.
There are different types of occupational skin diseases, the most common work-related skin disease is industrial dermatitis, which is caused by exposure to certain allergens.
The severity of work-related skin diseases varies widely. If you have a skin disease that has been caused by work, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Who is at risk of developing an occupational skin disease?
People coming into contact with chemicals and dusts through their occupation and work without wearing the correct protective clothing are at risk of developing an occupational skin disease on exposed body parts, usually the face or hands.
Hospital staff, kitchen workers, cleaners, factory workers and printers are some of the occupations most at risk of coming into contact with the harmful substances and developing an occupational skin disease.
Who can make a claim for an occupational skin disease?
If you have been diagnosed with a skin disease caused by exposure to substances at your place of work, and it has not been more than three years since you were told about it, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for your occupational skin disease.
How do you claim for an occupational skin disease?
After being diagnosed with an occupational skin disease, it is important to get in touch with Birchall Blackburn Law today to start your personal injury claim. Call our team on Freephone 0800 783 8485 or fill in our contact form here and we will get in touch with you.
Our specialist occupational skin disease solicitors and industrial disease team will guide you through the compensation claims process to help you focus on what is important.
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