If you are exposed to harsh chemicals or substances at work, you may be at risk for a health problem called occupational contact dermatitis. This problem mainly involves inflammation of the skin. Hairdressers are particularly at risk because they use hair coloring, bleach, and permanent solutions every day.
Workers who develop occupational contact dermatitis should file a claim to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, a new study has found that many hairdressers haven’t been doing that. The study found that, from 1993 to 1999, there were 157 cases of diagnosed occupational contact dermatitis and only 46 workers’ comp claims.
Some hairdressers may think dermatitis is just “part of the job.” They may not know that they are entitled to compensation. Others may not report their work exposure out of fear of job loss. This is not true. Your employer cannot legally fire you for filing a NJ workers’ compensation claim.
If you have been hurt from an accident or exposure at work, don’t hesitate to call a NJ work injury lawyer for help. Manfred Ricciardelli can review the details of your case and give you the legal advice you need. He will protect your rights and make sure that you are compensated fairly. To schedule a free consultation at our office, call 973-285-1100 or fill out our online contact form. Feel free to also download our FREE E-Book, “What the Injured Worker Needs to Know.”