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What to do if you have occupational dermatitis?

by WardBlawg on July 23, 2013

Feature article explaining some of the best courses of action if you have occupational dermatitis.

Industrial industry and disease solicitors specialise in providing legal support to workers who have been injured or harmed during the course of their employment. If you have occupational dermatitis as a result of your job, turning to specialists in the field can help you figure out what to do next.

Here are some of the top tips and advice that legal professionals offer occupational dermatitis sufferers who turn to them for legal assistance:

1) Speak with your employer

Make your employer aware of your symptoms, which can include skin lesions, cracked skin and redness, to give them an opportunity to reduce or control the hazards that are causing the dermatitis.

You should also make sure that your injuries are properly reported and recorded at work. Your employer is legally required to document all incidents and injuries in case enforcing authorities choose to investigate the workplace.

2) Visit a medical professional

Get an occupational dermatitis diagnosis as soon as possible as this can help you to gain access to the right medical treatment promptly. A medical practitioner can also advise on the precautions you need to take both at work and home to control the condition if your employer has failed to do so, such as using an emollient and wearing protective clothing.

An occupational dermatitis diagnosis, where the doctor states that your work is the cause of your skin problem, can be particularly useful for the solicitor managing your occupational dermatitis claim as it can help to prove that your employer is to blame.

3) Pursue a claim for compensation

A solicitor should only recommend bringing a claim against the responsible employer if they deem that it is in your best interests.

A legal team specialising in work-related conditions can use their knowledge and experience to manage the claims process and bring a strong case against the liable party. They can also offer legal representation if a settlement cannot be reached at an early stage.

4) Keep all receipts and documents

Retain all receipts related to your occupational dermatitis, including prescription costs, evidence of private medical fees and emollient purchases. Even if you choose not to pursue a compensation claim right away, these can prove valuable if you decide to do so in the future.

A legal professional uses the documents when calculating the level of compensation you require for the occupational dermatitis. Your past expenses won’t be the only factor taken into consideration, as solicitors will also work to secure a settlement based on your pain and suffering, future medical expenses and lost wages.

Remember you have 3 years to bring a claim for compensation commencing from the last time you were exposed to the substance or environment that has caused your condition. If you are no longer being exposed, the standard 3 years limitation begins from the date that it was either reported to your employer or diagnosed by a health professional.

Hopefully, our information has given you a clearer understanding of what you can do if you suffer from occupational dermatitis and the legal support available to you. By taking medical and legal action when your skin condition is caused by a negligent employer, it can help you to take control of the situation and remedy both your symptoms and the root cause of the issue.

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+Gavin Ward is the founder of WardBlawg, Director of YouBlawg Limited and Operations Director at Moore Legal Technology Limited, specialising in helping law firms, lawyers and businesses grow their businesses online and aiming to help get great legal content published and shared across the web. Gavin created this law blog or ‘blawg’ to aim to contribute useful updates, thoughts and advice to help law firms, businesses and the legal profession in the UK and across the world succeed both online and offline.
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