Work Related Dermatitis Compensation Claims

If you or a loved one has suffered a skin condition due to contact with hazardous substances or allergens in the workplace, our expert team of personal injury solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.



You have a right to protection by your employers from injuries and illness when at work. If you or a loved one has suffered a skin condition due to contact with hazardous substances or allergens in the workplace, get in touch with the expert team of personal injury solicitors at Forbes as soon as possible.

What is workplace dermatitis?

Workplace dermatitis, sometimes also called industrial or occupational dermatitis, is the inflammation and irritation of the skin that is caused by something you come into contact with or do at work. It is commonly found on the hands since these are the body part most usually in contact with caustic substances, but it can occur on any part of the body. Workplace dermatitis can manifest as dermatitis, eczema or other skin conditions. Symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Redness
  • Blotchiness
  • Cracking of the skin

The condition regularly leaves victims in severe discomfort, often leaving them vulnerable to painful sores and infections as well as potentially affecting their appearance and confidence.

Who is at risk?

Workplace dermatitis can be caused by exposure to irritants and allergens at work which can cause or worsen skin complaints. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Oils
  • Greases
  • Petrol
  • Diesel
  • Chemicals
  • Paint
  • Glues
  • Cement
  • Bleach
  • Flour

If you work or have worked with exposure to these kinds of substances, you may have been at risk of developing a skin condition or worsening an existing one.

Your employer has a responsibility to provide you with appropriate safety equipment such as gloves, overalls, boots and masks to protect you from these substances. They should also check if you have an existing condition which could be affected by caustic substances. If you feel you have been provided with inadequate protection when working with hazardous materials and allergens, then you deserve workplace dermititis compensation.

Making industrial dermatitis claims for compensation

If you or a loved one has suffered due to workplace dermatitis, contact the expert solicitors at Forbes today. Dermatitis can cause even more painful and debilitating skin conditions and can be a sign of negligence on the part of your employer. We have helped people claim compensation who have not been supplied with the right equipment, or have been given inadequate protection. This compensation recognises the discomfort and suffering of victims, as well as taking into account issues such as lost income due to time off work and associated medical expenses.

Your best interests are at the heart of everything we do at Forbes, and we operate on a no win, no fee basis so there is no financial risk to you should your claim be unsuccessful. All initial advice is free, with no obligation to proceed.

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FAQs about dermatitis claims

If you want to know more about the process of making a claim for compensation because of workplace dermatitis, our frequently asked questions might help. If you can't find an answer to your question below, please contact the team on 0800 689 0973 and we will be happy to help.

How long do work related dermatitis claims take?

The process of making an occupational dermatitis claim can vary from case to case, depending on the complexity of the claim and the amount of evidence that needs to be gathered. The length of the process will also depend on whether your employer or former employer defends the claim. If they admit liability for your workplace dermatitis or are prepared to offer a settlement, the claim process could be completed within a few weeks. However, sometimes this type of claim may take several months, depending on the circumstances involved. By choosing Forbes Solicitors, you can rest assured that we will be with you every step of the way, through every stage of the claim process.

What type of evidence is needed for occupational dermatitis claims?

In order to have the best possible chance of a successful claim for this type of injury, you will need to have been diagnosed with dermatitis by a doctor and be able to prove that the symptoms developed due to a trigger or exposure at your workplace. It can sometimes be difficult to prove that your symptoms developed due to something that happened at work. As expert personal injury solicitors, we understand exactly what is required to build an indisputable body of evidence for your dermatitis claim, providing the best chance of a positive outcome for your case.

How much compensation for a dermatitis compensation claim?

There is no single set amount of compensation that you can expect to be awarded if your workplace dermatitis claim is successful, as the sum will be calculated on the basis of your individual circumstances and the impact that the injury has had on your life. Some of the factors that can affect the compensation amount include:

  • The extent of the dermatitis you have suffered;
  • The part of the body affected by the workplace dermatitis e.g. facial dermatitis may result in a higher sum of compensation than if another part of your body is affected;
  • The impact of the dermatitis on your ability to work or go about your daily life;
  • The length of time that you have been suffering from the occupational dermatitis.
What should employers be doing to prevent workplace dermatitis?

Employers have a legal duty of care to their employees, as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This, along with newer legislation, such as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, means that employers must take steps to prevent or minimise the risks of workers being exposed to chemical agents or other irritants that could potentially cause dermatitis or other health issues.

Employers must:

  • Complete a full risk assessment to identify any dermatitis risks
  • Provide training to workers regarding handling hazardous materials or irritants safely
  • Provide appropriate personal protective equipment to workers to prevent or minimise contact with substances that could be hazardous to them e.g. gloves.

A failure by an employer to ensure that they fulfil their legal duty of care for their employees means that you could be eligible to make a claim against them if your dermatitis is caused by an incident or the conditions at work.

If you're not sure whether you have a dermatitis claim, a quick call to our experienced team can help you to find out if you might be in line for compensation. Get in touch on 0800 689 0973.

Is there a time limit for work-related dermatitis claims?

As with any type of personal injury claim, there is usually a time limit of three years for claiming work-related dermatitis compensation. As this type of claim can sometimes be difficult to prove, it's important that your solicitor has as much time as possible to help gather evidence. Therefore, we always recommend that you contact an experienced personal injury solicitor as soon as possible after your symptoms are diagnosed.

Why choose Forbes Solicitors to help with your dermatitis compensation claim?

At Forbes Solicitors, we are highly experienced in this type of workplace claim, so we can handle the legal side of things and you can focus on your dermatitis treatment and recovery, safe in the knowledge that we're acting on your behalf and striving for the best possible outcome. Get in touch today on 0800 689 0973.

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