Industrial Dermatitis Claims


Industrial Dermatitis related diseases such as skin cancer or hydrocarbon keratosis (also known as 'Pitch Keratosis', 'Tar Keratosis', and 'Tar Wart') can take years to manifest. Due to the nature of industrial dermatitis many professions are at risk, ranging from mechanics working with oils and fuels to cleaners working with cleaning chemicals.


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What types of dermatitis are there?

Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Irritant Contact Dermatitis can be caused by contact with certain harmful chemicals, strength and duration of exposure will cause the effects to be more severe

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic Contact Dermatitis can occur when someone becomes allergic to a particular substance, and even if they have been using it in the past a reaction can still occur. It is therefore important that the person stops using the offending product as soon as possible to prevent further damage

Effects of Industrial Dermatitis

Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin which occurs after contact with a range of materials such as wet cement, epoxy resins, solvents, fuel and other detergents. Other effects on the skin include dryness, itching, flaking, swelling, redness, cracking and blistering which can be very painful. In more severe circumstances these can even become cancerous.

An employer should take steps to mitigate the risks of dermatitis such as using skin safe substances where possible and providing proper washing facilities; pre and post work creams where necessary; skin checks; and suitable gloves.

Time limits for Dermatitis claims

The time limit on making a dermatitis claim is either three years from being diagnosed of the condition or from the death of the victim. Therefore it is possible to make a claim even if exposure occurred many years ago.

Who can I make a claim against?

It is possible to bring a claim for compensation against employers/insurers for skin related industrial diseases, even where employment has ended or the employer is no longer in existence. We are often able to trace the relevant employer's liability insurer and pursue them directly.

What we can do for you

We are an experienced personal injury law firm and have dedicated lawyers dealing with industrial dermatitis claims to regularly gain the maximum compensation awards for our clients.

People suffering from industrial dermatitis often require ongoing skin treatment which can run up bills very quickly. We can help obtain the right amount of reimbursement to cover these costs and help get the very best care available.

In some circumstances when liability is admitted it still takes time to negotiate the right level of compensation; in these instances we can secure interim payments to cover out of pocket expenses until a comprehensive compensation amount is secured.

Contact Spencers Solicitors

We want to help you every step of the way make a meticulous and effective industrial dermatitis compensation claim.

Call us today on 08000 93 00 94 to discuss your claim with one of our advisors, or complete an Online Claim Enquiry and we'll call you back. If you're worried about legal fees, don't be. Claims are normally dealt with under a no win no fee arrangement, so if your claim doesn't succeed you won't pay for our work.

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