Natural rubber latex (NRL) is widely used in industry – from the protective gloves used in healthcare professions to tyre manufacturing.
However, allergic reactions to Latex are not uncommon – and can take the form of occupational dermatitis through contact with the material, or respiratory reactions such as asthma from breathing in rubber fumes or ingesting minute particles of rubber during the manufacturing process.
Latex particles can be microscopic, enabling latex to be absorbed by some patients when vaccines are given, as a result of particles from latex caps on syringes and vaccine vial stoppers.
People who already have food allergies and those who come into contact with latex frequently in the workplace have a higher risk of developing a latex allergy.
Symptoms of an allergy to latex include skin reddening and soreness or itching. A skin rash is likely to persist, with dry, cracked skin or weeping rashes – both symptoms of dermatitis or eczema.
There are two different types of latex allergy:
Treatment for latex allergy involving contact dermatitis can involve topical steroid creams to moisturise skin and reduce inflammation. Antihistamines may help reduce the allergic reaction to latex in the workplace.
However, once an allergy to latex has occurred, it is likely to continue and symptoms may grow worse over time.
Employers have a duty to protect workers from the risks of latex allergens at work – as well as providing alternatives to latex gloves, such as vinyl, nitrile, neoprene or polyurethane gloves.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can advise workers who have developed a latex allergy as a result of an employer failing in its duty under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 on how to make no win no fee latex allergy claims for compensation.
Workers who have been diagnosed with latex allergy have three years from the date of diagnosis in which to make a no win no fee compensation claim, if an employer has failed to protect a worker from developing an allergic reaction to latex, such as occupational dermatitis or a respiratory condition linked to latex – or has failed to advise a worker of the risks of exposure to Latex products under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
If the symptoms of a latex allergy have deteriorated over time, with new symptoms developing, Duncan Lewis can advise on making a claim outside the three-year limitation period for industrial disease claims.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors are leading firm of no win no fee lawyers and can advise victims of industrial diseases on how to make latex allergy compensation claims.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors employ medical experts in industrial diseases if it is necessary to prove a link between a claimant’s employment and being diagnosed with an allergy to Latex/NLR, such as occupational dermatitis or work-related asthma.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for work-related latex allergy, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis of an allergy to latex to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Latex Allergy Compensation Claims call Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.