I’m employed as a hairdresser and in my salon we’ve begun using a new type of hair product, however I have suffered a reaction to it which has caused my skin to become inflamed, am I eligible to claim for contracting occupational dermatitis?
Your employer has a duty of care to protect you from developing Occupational Dermatitis, he or she are required to provide all staff with a safe working environment and if they fail to do so, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim for contracting occupational dermatitis.
You must first have your reaction examined by a medical professional in order to confirm you are suffering from Occupational Dermatitis, symptoms of the condition include blistering of the skin, scaling of the skin, skin redness and itching of the skin. They will then make a record of your illness in your medical history which can be used to substantiate your claim for contracting occupational dermatitis.
With the help of a personal injury solicitor you must be able to demonstrate that your skin condition was caused by employer negligence, such as a failure by them to supply you with the necessary protective clothing or provide you with barrier creams for your skin in order to reduce the risk of skin problems. Your employer is also required to provide you with adequate training to use these products to ensure they do not harm you.
It is also advised that you take photographs of your injury, both close-up and from a distance as they may be required to substantiate your claim for compensation. Commonly occupational dermatitis can cause some embarrassment to the victim as the injury is usually visible. Therefore, you may be entitled to claim compensation for emotional trauma sustained and you are advised to maintain a diary of how your injury has affected your personal life, such as being unable to attend social events due to embarrassment or anxiety. It is also important to remember that any potential claim for emotional trauma must be verified by a psychologist.
Making a compensation claim for contracting occupational dermatitis can be quite a complex process, which is why it is recommended that you discuss your claim with a personal injury solicitor. They will be able to evaluate your claim, taking all additional factors into account such as age and the condition of your health prior to your accident to give you the potential value of your claim for contracting occupational dermatitis.
As the negligent party’s insurers or the employers themselves may make you a direct offer of compensation, it is important to know the potential value of your claim, to ensure you do not risk under compensation by accepting an upfront offer. Any such offer should be referred to you solicitor who will also be able to advise you on the best course of action to take when pursuing a claim for contracting occupational dermatitis, they will also be able to advise you on the evidence required to put you in the best possible position to successfully claim compensation for contracting occupational dermatitis.