Dermatitis and occupational asthma

Every year in the UK, thousands of people are exposed to hazardous substances and dangerous chemicals at work, which can cause health conditions including skin diseases and respiratory problems.

If you suffer from an occupational disease such as dermatitis or asthma, contact our expert solicitors to see if you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

  • Dermatitis is the term given to an inflammation of the skin. There are two types of dermatitis, contact irritant dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis, and while the symptoms vary they may include redness, itching, blisters, soreness, scaling and rashes.
  • While it can be difficult to identify the exact cause of dermatitis, common causes of work-related dermatitis include exposure to oils, cleaning products, glue, dyes, coolants, plants and water.
  • Occupational asthma is brought on by substances known as respiratory sensitisers. There are more than 200 respiratory sensitisers including isocyanates chemicals, wood dust, dust from flour and grain, latex rubber dust, and dust from insects and animals.
  • Common symptoms of occupational asthma include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Symptoms may worsen during the working week, but can also become prevalent after work or during the night.

It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that employees have the necessary protection and equipment to carry out their roles safely. If you think that your condition may be as a result of your working environment or activity, contact Unite Legal Services today.

Our dedicated industrial diseases solicitors will provide expert advice and you are guaranteed to keep 100% of your compensation if you decide to pursue a claim


Asbestos and industrial disease cases are often more complex than other types of personal injury claims and need specialist legal expertise. Exposure to the hazardous substances and materials that caused an illness may have occurred a long time ago, and expert evidence may be required to prove a link between your illness and your employer.

The timeframe for starting an asbestos or industrial disease claim is three years from the date of diagnosis, or the date at which you could have reasonably known that your condition was caused by exposure to an unsafe working environment. It does not matter how long ago you were exposed to asbestos, excessive vibration or high levels of noise – if you received your diagnosis in the last three years, you are still entitled to claim. Even if your employer no longer exists Unite Legal Services can still help.

Unlike many high street solicitors and the claims companies you see advertised on TV, our experienced solicitors will work with you to understand your individual circumstances and build a picture of your working conditions and employment history to gather evidence to support a claim for compensation.

As a Unite member making a claim through Unite Legal Services, you are guaranteed to keep 100% of your compensation however complex your claim.


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