Industrial Dermatitis Claims

What is Industrial Dermatitis?

Industrial dermatitis is caused by a person coming into contact with a hazardous or toxic substance whilst they are at work. 

There are two recognised types of dermatitis:

Irritant contact dermatitis – this type is caused by exposure to substances such as soaps, cleaning agents and detergents, as well as solvents. These cause redness and inflammation and damage to the skin, meaning that it may crack and bleed. If the condition is untreated, then dermatitis can spread all over the body. However, if it is treated appropriately, then the skin should recover.  

Allergic contact dermatitis – this type is caused by exposure to a substance that you are allergic to. Once the skin is exposed to the substance, sensitisation begins. To start with there may not appear to be any damage to the skin, but if contact is prolonged, then symptoms can appear. Examples of such allergens include latex, rubber and fragrances. 

The symptoms of dermatitis include:

•    Cracked and itching skin

•    Red rash (looks like pinpricks)

•    Raw or weeping skin


Which employees are most likely to be at risk of developing Industrial Dermatitis?

Those most at risk are likely to work in the catering, cleaning, hairdressing, health, painting and decorating and waste recycling industries. However, any employee in any industry can be exposed to a hazardous substance whilst at work. 

It is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that you are protected from exposure to any substances that may harm you. However - sometimes through inaction - things do not go to plan, and as a result of your employer’s negligence, you may well be exposed to a substance that causes dermatitis. In this instance, you would be able to make a claim for compensation.

Can I make a compensation claim for Industrial Dermatitis?

From T G Baynes’ vast experience in managing Industrial Dermatitis claims, it is clear that due to their individual nature that they vary in severity.

We are able to say that the more severe and debilitating that your Industrial Dermatitis is the more compensation could be awarded, but that each case and claim is different in many ways and individual to the person bringing it. Your experienced T G Baynes solicitor will be able to advise you further as your claim progresses. 


How do I make a claim for Industrial Dermatitis?

T G Baynes understands how stressful you may be feeling at this time, especially if you are undergoing treatment for your dermatitis. We are experienced in helping people make a compensation claim for Industrial Dermatitis caused by exposure to a dangerous or toxic substance within the workplace. 

Industrial Dermatitis claims can be more complicated than other personal injury claims, partly due to the amount of information that needs to be gathered as part of the claim. We will probably have to ask an industry expert for their advice as evidence is often needed to prove a link between dermatitis and your current or previous employment.

Our solicitors will guide you through the process of making a claim and will ensure that they have all the details they need about your previous or current employment and your job, as well as the circumstances of how you believe the dermatitis was caused.

We will advise what we can do on your behalf to claim the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to. We will listen to your needs and concerns whilst advising you of the most appropriate legal process to follow to ensure the right result for you. You are always given all the facts you need to make informed decisions about your claim.

T G Baynes can offer No Win No Fee Agreements (CFAs) on qualifying cases.  If you would like to speak to us about making a  Compensation Claim, please call us on 020 8301 7777 or email ​