The most common type of dermatitis that employees experience because of their jobs is contact dermatitis. This uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating condition occurs when your body comes in contact with a substance to which it is allergic. For instance, handling harsh chemicals and even certain cleaning products can create the irritation.
Are You Suffering From Contact Dermatitis?
If you have an itchy, blistery rash that you believe formed after coming in contact with a chemical or noxious substance at work, you may have contact dermatitis. The symptoms of this condition include:
- Blisters, draining fluid, and crusting, if your reaction is severe
- Itching, which may be quite severe
- A red rash or bumps
- Tenderness, swelling, or burning
- Cracked, dry, or scaling skin, if your condition is chronic
How Bad Will the Dermatitis Become?
Unfortunately, the irritation you have now may become worse over time. Many different factors go in to the severity of the dermatitis, including:
- Your genetic makeup, which can affect how you respond to certain substances
- The strength of the substance to which you were exposed
- How long you were exposed
- Environmental factors, such as airflow and temperature
How Workers’ Compensation May Help
You may think your condition will not qualify for workers’ compensation, but if it occurred at work and is severe, there is a good chance it will. You shouldn’t be held responsible for the bills and time lost from work that come with developing this condition, and workers’ comp can help. The workers’ compensation you receive can help to pay for doctor and hospital exams, medications, tests, driving to and from your appointments, and income you’ve lost because of your condition.
The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert can answer the questions you have about workers’ compensation and inform you of your rights regarding it. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation to discuss your situation.