Sources of damage to hands in Louisiana workplaces

| Feb 12, 2016 | Workers' Compensation |

Many people assume that rough or cracked skin on someone’s hands is just a sign of a hard worker, but this type of skin damage can also indicate that the individual has a skin condition. Workers in many Louisiana occupations are often exposed to a variety of harsh and irritating substances, including everything from dust to harmful chemicals, and repeated contact may lead to a medical condition.

The three most common skin ailments that someone may develop as a result of repeated exposure to harmful substances are allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis and skin cancer. Along with a direct negative reaction to a substance, allergic contact dermatitis may develop over an extended period of time and cause someone to be sensitive to a substance. Once people are sensitized to a substance, they will remain so for the rest of their life.

Irritant contact dermatitis occurs when a person develops a sensitivity to a material, but it is something that can be cured, unlike allergic contact dermatitis. In some extreme cases, a person may develop skin cancer as a result of continuous exposure to certain carcinogenic materials or ultraviolet rays.

People who have been injured at or as a result of their job be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation can cover a variety of conditions, including direct physical harm and repetitive stress issues, and benefits often provide coverage of medical costs and a percentage of lost wages. Many injured workers obtain the assistance of an attorney during the process of preparing and filing the required claim forms.