Causes of occupational skin diseases

| May 30, 2017 | Workers' Compensation |

Louisiana residents may be interested to know that skin disorders are among the most prevalent occupational disease that military members are treated for. hat conclusion was based on reviewing nearly 500,000 injury and illness cases involving acting Navy and Marine Corps members. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, skin diseases are the second most common form of workplace illness in America.

It is believed that 13 million American workers are exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. Skin cancer, infection and allergic contact dermatitis are all common diseases that are caused by irritants making contact or being absorbed by the skin. Workers may be harmed by chemicals after they are splashed on their bodies or after inhaling them. It is also possible to become sick by making contact with a surface contaminated by a hazardous chemical.

Irritants within a work area are the cause of 80 percent of occupational contact dermatitis. In most cases, an irritant makes contact with a person’s skin, and he or she may experience skin damage or inflammation at the point of contact. Allergic reactions to metal are common as roughly 10 to 15 percent of people have at least one metal allergy, and reactions can occur with little warning.

Those who develop an occupational disease after being exposed to chemicals or other irritants are likely eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can cover necessary medical expenses and provide partial wage replacement. As the connection between a workplace environment and such a disease might be in some cases difficult to prove, however, filers might want to have the assistance of an attorney during the process.