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Skin Condition Claims – How Much Compensation Could I Claim?

As you’re probably aware, if you’re involved in an accident at work, there is a chance you could be compensated by your employer for your injuries. But did you know that if your working conditions Skin Condition Claimcause you to suffer a skin condition (or aggravate an existing condition), you could also be eligible to claim compensation? Well, that is the case and this guide on skin condition claims will look at why claims might be possible and what level of compensation you might expect to receive.

We offer a no-obligation review of any work-related skin condition claim. An advisor will discuss your case with you, review any evidence and offer legal advice about your options. If there’s a strong case to pursue your claim, we’ll appoint one of our personal injury solicitors to work for you. They will manage everything for you and you’ll also be pleased to hear that they will work on a No Win No Fee basis.

Call us today on 0800 6524 881 to discuss your claim right away or read on for more about skin condition compensation claims.

What Causes Work-Related Skin Conditions?

One of the most common skin conditions that can be linked to work is called occupational dermatitis or occupational eczema. It can be caused by exposure to solvents, detergents, chemicals and allergens such as latex, metals and some dusts.

As your employer has a duty of care to try and protect your well-being while you’re at work, they should think about ways of reducing the risk of skin conditions caused by the products you handle at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides guidance for employers on how to reduce the risk of contact dermatitis.

Failure to do so could mean that your employer has been negligent and this could allow you to claim compensation for any suffering caused by a subsequent skin condition.

Symptoms Of Occupational Dermatitis

According to the NHS, contact dermatitis can lead to itchy, dry, blistered and cracked skin. This can lead to the skin changing colour and any part of the body that comes into contact with the irritant can be affected.

Am I Eligible To Make A Skin Condition Claim?

We don’t want to offer false hope or waste your time when you call to discuss a skin condition claim. Therefore, one of our solicitors will carefully review your claim so that they can give you some idea about how likely it is to be successful. That means that before offering to represent you, they will check:

  • That your employer breached their legal duty of care by being negligent; and
  • The negligence led to you coming into contact with some form of irritant; and
  • You have been diagnosed with a new skin condition or an existing condition has been made worse as a direct result of your working conditions.

Of course, you’ll need to prove all of the above which won’t necessarily be easy. We think the claims process is much easier if you take on specialist legal support such as that offered by our solicitors. If you would like to check if they could help you, please call our claims advisors today.

What Can Employers Do To Prevent Skin Conditions At Work?

Your employer must try to meet their obligations towards your welfare as set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other legislation. That means that to try and prevent skin conditions from occurring, they should:

  • Carry out risk assessments for any chemicals used in your job.
  • Provide protective clothing, gloves or eyewear if necessary.
  • Train you on the risks involved with your role and how to do the job safely.
  • Provide fresh water so that you can wash off any irritants easily.
  • Try to make sure that any area where irritants might be present is well-ventilated.
  • Listen to any concerns you have and look for alternative ways of working if necessary i.e. provide non-latex gloves if you tell them that you have a latex allergy.

You can generally only make a skin condition compensation claim if your employer has failed to try and prevent you from suffering. If you believe that to be the case and would like to discuss your options, please call our team today.

How Much Compensation For A Skin Condition Could I Claim?

The amount of compensation for a skin condition you could claim will usually depend on the type of skin condition you’re suffering from, the severity, and what part of your body is affected. For example, higher awards may be expected where the face is affected.

In general, compensation is essentially made up of two different types of damages, which are:

  • General Damages. These cover the type and severity of your skin condition, and how much pain and suffering you’ve endured.
  • Special Damages. These cover expenses and monetary losses directly related to your skin condition, for example, travel costs for Doctor’s and hospital appointments, care expenses, loss of income and future loss of income.

Any compensation you request for a work-related skin condition must be fully justified and backed by evidence. Therefore, to help prove how your skin condition has affected you, you’ll need to be independently assessed by a medical expert. This doesn’t usually take long and the appointment is usually arranged for claimants locally. After your meeting, a report will be sent to your solicitor which will help them ascertain the correct level of compensation to claim.

Skin Condition Compensation Amounts Guide

Below we’ve included some compensation estimates in relation to general damages for skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis:

  • £1,710 to £3,950 compensation for a skin condition causing irritation and discomfort on both hands but expected to improve with a few months of treatment.
  • £8,640 to £11,410 compensation where both hands are affected and persisting for a long time, but with symptoms possibly improving with treatment or mitigated by protective gloves.
  • £13,740 to £19,200 compensation for severe skin conditions affecting both hands, impacting work and home life and potentially lasting indefinitely.

As you can see, there is a fair bit to think about when claiming for a work-related skin condition. We believe your chances of receiving a fair settlement will improve if you work with a solicitor from our team.

Evidence To Support A Skin Condition Claim

There’s a good chance that your compensation claim will be dealt with by your employer’s liability insurance provider. As you might know, insurers always try to pay as little compensation as possible and only if they have to. That means that a strong case will need to be built to prove why you are suffering and how your employer is to blame. This will involve your solicitor collecting evidence to support your case which might include:

  • Medical records. A copy of your GP’s medical records to help prove your skin condition diagnosis and the extent of your symptoms.
  • Correspondence. Emails or letters you sent to your employer regarding concerns about your symptoms.
  • Employment records. Any records of chemicals or substances you’ve been exposed to at work and your sick leave record to confirm any time you’ve needed off work because of your skin condition.
  • Photos. Photographs of the visible symptoms of your skin condition. Also, photographs of the areas you work in can help to build a picture of why your skin condition has flared up.
  • Financial records. Financial evidence such as wage slips and bank statements to show any costs you’ve paid out because of your skin condition.
  • Witness statements. If any work colleagues have witnessed your exposure to chemicals or substances that have led to or exacerbated your condition they could be asked to provide witness statements to support your claim.

If you go on to start a claim, any evidence you’ve already secured could significantly speed up the process. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of the above, though, as your solicitor will request anything else that’s needed on your behalf.

What Is The Time Limit For Skin Condition Claims?

If you make a skin condition claim, you’ll usually have 3 years to begin the claim from the date the condition was diagnosed and linked to your job.

So that you don’t miss out on any compensation that’s owed to you, we always suggest starting the claims process as quickly as you can. That means that you’ll receive the compensation payout sooner (if the claim is won) and your solicitor will find it easier to gather medical records and evidence to help them build as strong a case as possible.

Skin condition claims can take as little as 4 to 6 months to be resolved if your employer accepts the blame for your suffering. Claims will take longer if more time is needed to negotiate a fair settlement or to understand how your condition will affect you in the future.

Starting The Skin Condition Claims Process

If you’ve got a work-related skin condition or an existing condition has been aggravated at work, please call 0800 6524 881 to discuss your claim. Not only will we assess your chances of being compensated, but we’ll also offer free legal advice about the options that are available to you.

You don’t have to begin a claim with us but one of our personal injury solicitors may offer to help if your claim seems to be strong enough. If they do, you don’t have to pay them any legal fees upfront as your claim will be managed from start to finish on a No Win No Fee basis.

For more information about skin condition claims, please call or use our live chat service.

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