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Skin Disease Claim Payouts: Dermatitis / Eczema Compensation Calculator And Claims Guide

Find out how to make a skin disease claim and calculate how much compensation all manner of dermatitis claim and eczema conditions are worth. At the beginning of this article we provide a quick reference payouts table followed by more detailed calculations (later on in the post).

We set out how to prove your skin disease claim – whether exposure occurs as an employee, self-employed / contractor, as a member of the public or as result of clinical negligence.

Our article concludes with answers to real-life site visitor questions and an FAQ concerning dermatitis and eczema skin disease claims.

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Payouts Table For Skin Disease Claims In 2024

This table provides the compensation payouts you can expect for pain and suffering from skin disease, including dermatitis and eczema.

Additional Compensation
In addition to compensation for pain and suffering – you can claim the financial loss and expense you experience as a direct result of injury.
Skin Disease Severity For
Dermatitis / Eczema / Psoriasis
Claim Payouts
Temporarily affecting hands£1,700 – £4,000
Moderate hand dermatitis£8,600 – £11,400
Severe skin disease on hands£13,700 – £19,200
Scalp dermatitis / eczema£3,000 – £11,000
Facial skin disease£1,700 – £97,000
See facial scarring article

Don’t forget! We provide a fuller description as to how these compensation figures are calculated later in this article.

What is a skin disease claim?

“Skin diseases”, “skin disorders” or “skin conditions” take many different forms – some of which have completely natural causes.

Some types of skin condition, such as certain types of dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis, can be caused due to the fault or negligence of another.

If you (via your solicitor) can show legal fault – you will be entitled to claim compensation from the person or business at fault. This is known as a “skin disease claim”.

EXAMPLE 1 : Workplace Skin Disease Claim
For example – imagine you suffer dermatitis from chemical exposure at work due to your employer’s negligence in failing to provide correct PPE.
So long as your solicitor can prove legal fault and you are within the statutory time limit to claim – you will be entitled to compensation.
Skin disease compensation will include money for your pain and suffering plus a sum for your financial loss and expense.
EXAMPLE 2: Dermatitis Caused Outside Of The Workplace
You may have suffered dermatitis in another setting outside of the workplace.
For example – a hairdresser’s incorrect use of bleach or other hair products could cause you to develop dermatitis to your scalp or face.

Which are the most common types of dermatitis skin condition?

The most common type of skin disease claims are for dermatitis. More rarely claims for eczema and psoriasis can be made.

There are many different types of dermatitis some of which are hereditary and some of which can be caused by chemical exposure, which include:

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 (such as your hands)..

Allergic contact dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis skin disease claim – 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.

Examples of allergens can include:

  1. Certain wood dusts, Mostly tropical hardwoods. For example – mahogany, rose woods.
  2. Adhesives. For example – false eyelash adhesive.
  3. Inks. For example – exposure by professional print workers.
  4. Metals. Nickel can cause allergic contact dermatitis.
  5. Hair dyes. Certain types of hair dye can be an allergen.
  6. Plants. Certain types of plant, such as florists handling chrysanthemums or gardeners touching poison ivy.
Irritant contact dermatitis

Exposure to strong irritants can cause irritant contact dermatitis to develop quickly. Alternatively, you may be exposed to milder irritants over a long period of time. An irritant can take many forms. for example – it might be biological or chemical.

Irritants can include:

  1. Dusts – for example, coal dust, wood dust, etc.
  2. Wet cement – for example, exposure by builders and construction workers.
  3. Solvents – such as, alcohol, acrylonitrile, floor cleaners.
  4. Oils, greases and lubricants. For example – consider engine oils, degreasing agents, 
  5. Detergents, soaps and shampoos. Consider hairdressers exposed for extended periods.
  6. Acids and alkalis. 
  7. Some types of foods. For example, raw onions, garlic, chillies.
  8. Excessive water exposure, Having wet hands for long periods of time can cause irritant dermatitis.

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.

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.

construction worker industrial dermatitis compensation claim
Construction Worker Industrial Dermatitis Compensation Claim

Seborrhoeic dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a type of eczema affecting the skin of your face and scalp – the cause is unknown.

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.

What types of job can cause you to develop a dermatitis skin disease?

The types of jobs that can lead to a skin disease claim are many, However, common to each is typically an exposure to chemicals, dusts other irritants or allergens.

If the correct PPE is not provided and you go on to develop dermatitis or eczema – your employer will most likely be considered legally at fault.

Examples of working environments, include:

Factory workers

Workers in factories may be exposed to all manner of dusts and chemicals – depending on the nature of teh factory work. For example – animal products in an abattoir or chemicals in perfume factory.

Construction workers and builders

Should you work in construction – you will be aware of teh fast array of potential hazards that your skin can be exposed to. This may range from wet cement exposure to excessive brick dust.

Florists

Believe it or not – florists can be exposed to many chemicals, such as pesticide residues when handling flowers. There are certain types of plant that are known to have allergens, such as chrysanthemums.

Hairdressers

Are required to deal with all manner of bleaches and dyes. It is essential proper training of the risks and PPE is provided to prevent skin conditions developing.

Chemical plant workers

Workers in chemical plants can be exposed to very caustic chemicals. Contact dermatitis and eczema skin disease can be caused by relatively modest exposure to certain strong acids and alkalis.

Garage mechanics

Exposure to dirty engine oil can be cause of a skin disease claim for contact dermatitis. In addition, dirty engine oil exposure can cause cancer.

“Yes”- there are a number of other ways dermatitis might be caused outside of the work setting that can give rise to a claim for compensation.

Scalp dermatitis from hair salon negligence

Dermatitis of the scalp is typically caused in hair salon claims and goes hand in hand with damage to your hair and scalp. This might come from the incorrect use of bleach (without first doing a patch test) or use of other hair products.

See our hair damage claim article setting out the amounts of compensation for hair and scalp injury.

Medical error causing skin disease

You may develop dermatitis as a result of medical negligence.

For example – you might receive an incorrect prescription or medical treatment, which causes dermatitis to develop.

How does a solicitor show that your employer is legally at fault?

Determining “legal fault” for a skin disease claim is not a straightforward process.

A specialist disease solicitor will be best able to advise you on the chances of proving fault and succeeding with your claim.

However, to prove fault your solicitor will rely on:

Health and safety laws

Your solicitor will check to see if your employer was complying with the general Health and Safety laws and specific laws relating to the chemicals or dusts that you may be exposed to.

The material contribution test

Your employer should take proper steps to avoid you having excessive exposure to chemicals that are known to cause skin problems.

If your employer has taken precautions and dermatitis has still developed – a test in law known as the “material contribution test” can be used to help you show your employer’s responsibility.

EXAMPLE – Working In A Factory With Dust Producing Machines
For example – imagine you work in a factory that has two dust producing machines. One with a correct dust extractor fitted and one without. You use them both, but most of your time is spent on the machine with the correct dust filter fitted. After a period of time, you develop contact dermatitis skin disease. It is impossible for you to prove which dust from which machine caused your dermatitis.
Here – your employer could argue that proper steps had been taken to limit dust emissions for the machine you used the most.
However – your solicitor would argue that the dust from the second machine (that did not have a proper extractor) materially contributed to your dust exposure.
In this way your employer would not escape liability for your industrial dermatitis claim.

Failure to provide showers at work

For example – imagine you are a construction worker and are asked by your employer to cut bricks. You work weekend shifts and have a cabin to sleep in for the weekend provided by your employer.

Excessive exposure to brick dust is known to cause dermatitis. Your employer provides you with all the correct protective equipment, but does not provide you with the use of a shower at work.

Inevitably brick dust gets onto your body. The brick dust stays on your skin until you can get home and have a shower. You develop industrial dermatitis.

Here – your employer could still be found liable. It is known that fine brick dust will still penetrate the PPE defences and as such you will be exposed to dust both at work and after work at the weekend (until you can return home on weekdays).

industrial dermatitis compensation claim
Industrial Dermatitis Compensation Claim

Can you claim for skin disease if you are self-employed or a contractor?

Should you be a contractor or self-employed individual – you may still be able to claim compensation if you develop dermatitis from exposure at work.

You would need to show that someone (other than yourself) was responsible for your system of work and for the provision of PPE.

The best approach is to speak to a specialist solicitor to see if you are entitled to make an industrial dermatitis claim.

Calculating Skin Disease / Dermatitis / Eczema Compensation

We provided a table of compensation payouts at the beginning of this article. Hereinafter, we look in more detail as to how to calculate your skin disease claim payout.

What evidence is needed to help calculate your skin disease claim payout?

Your solicitor will instruct an independent medical expert to produce a report to support your skin disease claim.

Dermatologist medical expert report

The expert chosen to produce the report will most likely be a consultant dermatologist.

Access your medical notes and a physical examination

This expert will have access to your medical records. including your GP and any hospital notes. and will examine you.

Extent of skin disease

A medico-legal report will comment on the extent of your skin disease (whether dermatitis, eczema) and give an opinion on any long term effects.

Compare to other skin disease claims

Your solicitor will rely on this medical report to compare with claims for similar dermatitis or eczema conditions decided by the courts in the past. In this was – your solicitor can determine how much your compensation is likely to be worth.

The Expert Owes A Duty To the Court
The expert owes a duty to the court and comments on the balance of probability.
In other words – the expert is trying to be objective and may not seem to be on your side. This is because technically the expert is using best judgement to guide the court – not to do you a favour.

Compensation calculator for skin disease, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema

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 claims, include:

Temporary dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis to the hands average claim payouts

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 £1,700 – £4,000.

Moderate dermatitis of the hands settlements

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 calculator of £8,600 – £11,400.

Severe dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis to both hands

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 calculated for your skin disease claim will be between £13,700 – £19,200.

Dermatitis and eczema to your scalp

Should dermatitis or eczema affect your scalp – you may be entitled to a compensation payout calculated between £3,000 – £11,000.

Skin disease affecting your face

Typically skin disease will affect your hands – but should dermatitis or eczema affect your face, you may be entitled to larger compensation amounts in accordance with our facial scarring article.

FREE Specialist Solicitor Help

See our specialist solicitor help options to access our free online and telephone help. You can speak to a specialist solicitor direct, ask a question or have an online assessment of your skin disease claim.

Q&A – Answers To Online Skin Disease Claim Questions

In this section we set out online skin disease claim questions we have received with our detailed answer in response.

QUESTION – Carpenter exposed to saw dust, epoxy resin, acetone, marine primers, paint stripping acid, powdered latex gloves

carpenter contact dermatitis claim
Carpenter Contact Dermatitis Claim

I developed what was initially believed to be eczema, but was recently diagnosed as contact dermatitis from working as a carpenter. At work I have daily exposure to saw dust, epoxy resin, acetone, some nasty marine primers, paint stripping acid and powdered latex gloves.

I was about to go to the doctor to request a letter to prove to my employer that it is a manageable condition, so my boss doesn’t move me to another site where I would get far less job satisfaction.

But now I am thinking that it might jeopardise my chance of claiming against my employer for negligence.

Will this letter make a difference to my contact dermatitis claim, if and when I do claim?

SOLICITOR ANSWER – Contact Dermatitis Claim Response

This is a difficult question to answer without knowing the full facts of your potential contact dermatitis claim against your employer.

We recommend you take the following factors into consideration:

Discuss your potential contact dermatitis claim with a specialist solicitor

Although we can provide general guidance from the information you have provided – the best way to get a detailed answer is to speak to a specialist skin disease claim solicitor.

Consideration will need to be given to:

  1. The actual circumstances of how you developed the contact dermatis.
  2. Over what time period your exposure took place.
  3. Details of the PPE and other protective equipment provided by your employer.
  4. Representations made and changes enacted by your employer as your skin condition developed.

Of course, we are happy for you to call us to discuss.

Will a GP letter jeopardise your skin disease claim?

The answer depends on what your GP letter says.

Should the GP letter say what you wish, namely that your dermatitis can be easily controlled – this may affect the amount of compensation you can claim.

By volunteering medical evidence of this form – it may be suggested that you shouldn’t be suffering symptoms if there is simple medication available, which your GP believes will stop this happening.

Also, if your employers accepted your GP letter and you went on to develop even worse dermatitis, which might not be able to be controlled – it might be seen that you consented to the risks and actively encouraged your employer to believe that no further injury was likely.

Your GP will not have sufficient expertise to give a definitive opinion on skin diease

Beware! We would respectfully suggest that your GP is not a consultant dermatologist and as such is not able to give a definitive expert opinion. 

What your GP genuinely thinks might be accurate about this occupational skin disease condition might very well not be in line with current thinking from a top medical consultant who specialises in skin conditions, such as dermatitis.

Until you see such a consultant – perhaps as a referral from your GP – it would be unwise to run the risk of trying to persuade your employer to continue your exposure to harmful chemicals.

Less pay and loss of job satisfaction affect your lost income claim

When you claim compensation for occupational dermatitis – one of the significant elements will be lost income.

Thus, if your occupational skin disease results in you having to do a job which is either paid less or is not as satisfying as your previous job – further larger amounts of compensation may be claimed for lost income.

FAQ – Typical Dermatitis / Eczema Questions

How long do you have to make a skin disease claim?

You typically have three years from the date of injury or knowledge of injury to start a skin disease claim. However, knowledge of injury is not straightforward to ascertain.

The there year time period may start to tick from the date of commencement of symptoms, date of employment, date of diagnosis or when it was reasonable to have known.

In addition you may have a claim for industrial injuries disablement benefit – for occupational disability. An IIDB claim is not subject to the same time periods as a claim made against an employer or former employer.

We recommend you speak to a specialist solicitor if you are suffering from dermatitis or eczema to ascertain if you have a claim.

What are typical symptoms of occupational dermatitis?

Symptoms will include itchiness, pain to your skin. You will typically see your skin turn red, blister, crack, swell, scale, flake or weep.

How much compensation can you claim for dermatitis / eczema?

See our compensation payout table for skin disease claims.

SUMMARY

In this article we have described how a skin disease (dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis) can be caused at work and in other settings. We have shown how your solicitor can prove employer fault. How to claim as a contractor or self-employed individual and how to value the amount of compensation your skin disease claim is worth.

View our skin disease payouts table, dermatitis / eczema claim online Q&A and FAQ. Access our free online and telephone solicitor help service.