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Skin Disease Claim: Dermatitis And Eczema Compensation Payout Amounts

Discover what a skin disease claim is; the most common types of claim for dermatitis and eczema with examples of compensation amounts for different symptoms of dermatitis.

Table Of Payouts For Skin Disease Claims In 2023

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 the pain and suffering caused by dermatitis (as set out in our table below) – you will also be entitled to 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

Remember– 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 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”.

Exposure To Chemicals At Work
Imagine you suffer contact dermatitis due to exposure to chemicals at work.
To help determine legal fault – 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.

What 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.

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 medical evidence is needed to help calculate your payout amount?

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

Dermatologist 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 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 injuries decided by the courts in the past and so 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.
This in essence means that 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.


In this article we 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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