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Skin Disease Claim: UK lawyer sets out the amounts of compensation you can claim for eczema and dermatitis
Skin disease claim: discover what a UK skin disease claim is, the most common types of claim for dermatitis and eczema with examples of compensation amounts for different symptoms of dermatitis.
What is a skin disease claim?
"Skin diseases", "skin disorders" or "skin conditions" take many different forms - some of which have completely natural causes.
Skin disease claim
Some types of skin condition, such as certain types of dermatitis or eczema can be caused due to the fault or negligence of another.
Determining "legal fault" is not a straight forward process. A specialist disease solicitor will be able to advise you by looking at the UK laws present for the type of accident you have suffered.
For example, if you suffer contact dermatitis due to exposure to chemicals at work - your solicitor will look at the Health and Safety Regulations in the workplace coupled with specific regulations relating to the use of the type of chemical, which caused your condition.
Even if it can be shown that your employer was legally responsible for your exposure to the chemical - your solicitor will have to obtain an independent medical report from a consultant dermatologist to show that your skin disease was on the balance of probability (more likely than not)caused by the negligent exposure.
If your lawyer can show legal fault - you will be entitled to claim compensation from your employer. This is known as a "skin disease claim" or an "industrial disease claim".
What are the most common types of skin disease you can claim compensation for?
The most common type of skin disease claim is that for eczema or dermatitis.
There are many different types of dermatitis / eczema some of which are hereditary and some of which can be caused by chemical exposure, which include:
1. Contact dermatitis
Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema caused when your skin becomes red, itchy and burns due to contact with an allergen or irritant (this might be a chemical or dust as in exposure in the workplace). The eczema occurs at the places on your skin where contact with the irritant occurs.
2. Allergic contact dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis - this is caused when your immune system reacts to a substance or chemical which is perceived as bad or foreign. Your body reacts to fight it off and this causes a similar condition to contact dermatitis accept the skin tends to weep at the point of contact with the chemical.
3. Neuro dermatitis
Neuro dermatitis is a type of eczema which causes you to scratch and pick off the skin leaving marks on your skin and scabs.
4. Nummular dermatitis
Nummular dermatitis is a type of eczema which leaves coin shapes on the part of the body it affects. The cause in not fully known.
5. Seborrhoeic dermatitis
Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a type of eczema affecting the skin of your face and scalp - the cause is unknown.
6. Atopic dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is primarily a hereditary condition normally associated with three conditions in the same person. These conditions being: eczema, asthma and allergies.
In what situations are you most likely to be able to make a skin disease claim for dermatitis?
There are two common situations I encounter for which you can claim compensation for dermatitis:
1. industrial dermatitis
When your skin disease claim originates from exposure to chemicals or dust in the workplace it is known as industrial dermatitis
Click claim industrial dermatitis to see the page I have written explaining how dermatitis can be caused at work.
2. Scalp dermatitis
Dermatitis of the scalp is typically caused in hair salon claims and goes hand in hand with damage to your hair.
Click hair damage claim to see the page I have written setting out the amounts of compensation for hair and scalp injury.
Examples of compensation amounts for pain and suffering for your skin disease claim
There are two main types of compensation which can form part of your skin disease claim: compensation for your financial losses / expenses (such as lost income and medical expenses) and compensation for pain and suffering for the actual physical injury that you suffer.
Some examples of compensation for pain and suffering for a skin disease claim settling in 2010, include:
1. Temporary dermatitis to the hands
Contact dermatitis in the workplace which affects one or both of your hands with symptoms of rashes and itching which last for several months only will lead to a skin disease claim settlement of between: £1,000 - £2,500
2. More serious dermatitis of the hands
Eczema of both of your hands with symptoms lasting for several years with possible permanent risk of recurrence if exposed to an irritant would attract a compensation settlement of: £2,500 - £7,300
3. Severe dermatitis
In the worst cases of dermatitis to the hands - you will have permanent symptoms, which will include rashes, itching, dry cracked skin and psychological injury. For this type of eczema the amount of compensation you can expect for your skin disease claim is: £7,300 - £12,500
Summary of skin disease claim compensation amounts
On this page I have described how much compensation a skin disease claim for dermatitis and eczema is likely to be worth in the UK.
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