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Latex Allergy Compensation Claim

What is a Latex Allergy?
  About Latex and Latex Allergies
Symptoms of a Latex Allergy
  What symptoms will I suffer from if I develop a Latex Allergy?
Diagnosis of a Latex Allergy
  How can an Allergy to Latex be diagnosed?
Treatment of a Latex Allergy
  What treatment will I be given for my Latex Allergy?
Prevention of a Latex Allergy
  How can I avoid developing an allergy to Latex?
Clients we have helped with Latex Allergy Compensation Claims
  News Stories concerning Latex Allergy Compensation Claims
Latex Allergy Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start a claim if you are suffering from a Latex Allergy

What is a Latex Allergy?

About Latex and Latex Allergies

Latex allergy is an allergy to proteins that are present in natural rubber or to the chemicals used in processing the rubber. When a person is exposed to latex, they may become hypersensitive to it. This means that their body's immune system may overreact to it on re-exposure. Basically, the body thinks that the latex is harmful and makes antibodies to attack it. Eczema and asthma are common symptoms of the allergy.

Latex gloves are the most common product containing natural rubber latex. In the 1980s and 1990s, the increased use of latex gloves, produced increasing levels of the allergy. Now, latex allergy is a common health problem for people who need to wear rubber gloves due to the nature of their work. For example nurses, doctors, surgeons and laboratory technicians may need to wear rubber gloves throughout their working day and if those gloves contain latex, they could be at risk of developing a latex allergy. In addition, latex is found in many products that health care workers will come into contact with, including stethoscopes, intravenous tubing, catheters, and bandages. It is not known how much latex exposure will produce hypersensitivity.

Once a hypersensitivity to latex has developed, a sufferer has to be careful that they do not encounter latex. For this reason, it should be noted that because latex gloves frequently contain powder, the allergy sufferer may come into contact with latex even though they are not actually touching the gloves. The powder can become air borne, containing the latex allergen, which can inhaled by the sufferer.

If you develop an allergy to latex as a result of exposure to latex at work you may be able to make a latex allergy compensation claim.

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Symptoms of a Latex Allergy

What symptoms will I suffer from if I develop a Latex Allergy?

A latex allergy can be potentially fatal (this is called a Type 1 response). A person may have a very serious reaction to the latex protein in rubber which can include anaphylactic shock. Fortunately, this is very rare. More usually, an allergic reaction involves a response to the chemicals used to process the rubber (called a Type IV response). This can result in symptoms such as allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. Other people may suffer irritation following contact with latex although this is not necessarily a true allergic response.

If you develop an allergy to latex as a result of exposure to latex at work you may be able to make a latex allergy compensation claim.

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Diagnosis of a Latex Allergy

How can an Allergy to Latex be diagnosed?

Type 1 allergy is largely diagnosed using blood and skin prick tests and by close attention to the patients' clinical history. However, no test is completely accurate.

If someone has a Type IV response, then 'patch testing' can confirm which chemical produces the allergic response. Products which don’t contain the offending chemical can then be chosen.

If you develop an allergy to latex as a result of exposure to latex at work you may be able to make a latex allergy compensation claim.

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Treatment of a Latex Allergy

What treatment will I be given for my Latex Allergy?

Milder Type IV responses tend to occur within a day of contact and are usually treated with an antihistamine. Asthma symptoms are usually treated with asthma inhalers using medicine such as salbutamol.

People with very serious Type 1 reactions will usually be treated with adrenaline which they must carry with them in case of future contact.

If you develop an allergy to latex as a result of exposure to latex at work you may be able to make a latex allergy compensation claim.

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Prevention of a Latex Allergy

How can I avoid developing an allergy to Latex?

If latex must be used, then employers must consider preventive measures. These can include the provision of non-latex gloves where possible, establishing good hygiene practices, and screening for vulnerable employees exposed to latex.

Latex gloves are generally used in situations where it is the safest choice for health care worker and patient - usually in surgery or in medical procedures. However, the Health and Safety Executive has pointed out that, even in those circumstances, risk reduction measures should be taken. For example, the gloves should be powder free and contain low levels of protein.

There are detailed regulations in place which are designed to protect all workers from exposure to chemicals and other substances in the workplace and these are called “The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations” or COSHH for short.

If you develop an allergy to latex as a result of exposure to latex at work you may be able to make a latex allergy compensation claim.

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Clients we have helped with Latex Allergy Compensation Claims

News Stories concerning Latex Allergy Compensation Claims

In the past we have published many news stories about clients we have helped claim Latex Allergy Compensation.  Links to a selection of these stories can be found below or to read all of our new stories, visit our News Desk.

Hospital settles after hairdresser suffers anaphylactic shock from latex allergy
Life threatening Latex allergy blights Nurse's Life
£200,000 damages for dental nurse facing life of latex challenges
Worker who contracted dermatitis awarded compensation
Latex allergy nurse wins compensation for substantial loss of earnings
Hairdressers could be entitled to claim compensation if they develop dermatitis

If you develop an allergy to latex as a result of exposure to latex at work you may be able to make a latex allergy compensation claim.

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Latex Allergy Compensation Claim Advice

How to start a claim if you are suffering from a Latex Allergy

If you or someone you know believes that working conditions have caused you / them to develop a latex allergy or have made an existing condition worse, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury claim. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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