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You have suffered a latex allergy illness which has been caused by exposure to latex in your work or workplace.

  • Latex allergy
  • Eczema
  • Asthma


About Latex Allergy Related Illnesses

Exposure to latex allergy has been recognised as an occupational health hazard for many years. If your job or workplace exposed you to latex, you may have already developed a latex allergy related illness or be at an increased risk of doing so in the future. Some occupations involving the necessity of wearing rubber gloves are particularly prone to causing the skin problems. Latex allergy is a reaction to the proteins found in natural rubber latex or a reaction to the chemicals used in treating the rubber latex. The immune system of the body produces antibodies to try and attack the harmful latex.  Potentially any worker who, through their employment, has come into contact with latex could be at risk.

Your employer is under a legal duty to ensure your well being and protection in the work place and to minimise the risk of exposure to a latex allergy. If you are suffering from a latex allergy related illness, you may have grounds for a no win, no fee claim.


There are many occupations that can potentially lead to latex exposure including;

Nurses                                                            Doctors

Surgeons                                                        Laboratory technicians

Electricians                                                    Cleaners

Dental Surgeons                                           Dental Nurses

and many more.


The healthcare industry is particularly susceptible – latex can be found in many products such as stethoscopes, catheters, tubing, bandages. It can be found in other products such as tyres, rubber balls, swimming caps and mattresses.

Once sensitivity to latex has occurred, the person suffering has to be extremely careful not to come into contact with the latex. Latex gloves can contain powder (the powder is used to stop them sticking together) and if this powder becomes airborne and is inhaled, there will be a reaction even though the person suffering did not physically touch the gloves.


Symptoms of Latex Allergy

There are two reactions associated with a latex allergy. Although rare, it can be fatal in the most serious case – the latex can cause an anaphylactic shock in some people.   Usually the symptoms result in skin irritation or dermatitis.

The two types of reaction are;

  • a Type I reaction (this is the most serious and involves an immediate reaction, causing respiratory difficulties, skin reactions, asthma and in the most serous cases an anaphylactic shock)
  • a Type IV reaction (symptoms come on after a few hours have passed since the contact with the latex. Symptoms can include an itchy rash


If you suffer from a latex allergy related illness, you may have grounds for a claim.

  • You need not be still employed by your employer to make a latex allergy related illness claim
  • You don’t need to have had a formal diagnosis or medical treatment for your condition to make a claim


How Are Latex Illnesses Caused?

If your job or workplace exposed you to latex, it is possible that you may have developed a latex allergy related illness as a result. Such exposure has been regarded as an occupational hazard for many years and your employer should have taken steps to minimise your exposure. These preventative steps include the provision of non-latex gloves, powder free and low protein gloves, good hygiene practices, regular screening for those potentially affected.


Are There Different Types Of Latex Allergy Illnesses?

Yes. The different types of illness can vary in severity from a minor condition with few physical symptoms to fatal conditions. You may have grounds for a claim if you are suffering from contact dermatitis and asthma that has resulted or been aggravated by latex allergy.


Can I make a claim?

You need not be still employed by your employer to make a latex allergy related illness claim. You don’t need to have had a formal diagnosis of your illness or to have received medical treatment for your condition in order to make a claim. If you have suffered a latex allergy related illness, we will give you free, no obligation advice as to whether you have a claim.

For no obligation advice, call free on 0800 092 1443 or fill in the form and we’ll call you back


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If you have a latex allergy related illness, you could be entitled to the following based on how serious the condition is.

Minor Irritation:

£1,300 – £3,300

Treatable Dermatitis:

£6,575 – £9,540

Long Term Dermatitis:

£10,450 – £16,060

Source: Judicial College Guidelines. 13th Edition

Call or email us. There is absolutely no obligation to proceed and if you tell us what’s happened, we will briefly explain if we think you have a claim and the procedure for filing a claim and the time limits that apply.

Step 1

Fill in the contact form above or call us on 0800 092 1443.


Step 2

We discuss your claim to work out your eligibility.


Step 3

We act on your behalf to reach a settlement with the other party.


Step 4

You receive your compensation.


We offer an absolute and guaranteed no win, no fee agreement, it’s that simple. If successful, we take a fee of up to 20% (plus 4% VAT) of the award of compensation, absolutely no more. If unsuccessful, our clients pay us nothing.

We are an award winning team of solicitors who specialise in industrial illness and injury claims. We use our many years of experience and knowledge in this area to file claims with employers’ insurers. Using our specialist knowledge of health and safety and negligence law, we prove and value our clients’ injuries and successfully negotiate maximum settlements with insurers. Where we are able to prove an injury, we are successful in most claims.

That’s not a problem, just call or email and we will advise you if you have a claim and the time limits that apply. You don’t have to proceed but we do hope that if you do decide to proceed later, you will think about using our services. We believe we offer an unrivalled service and have righted many wrongs for our clients. We have countless recommendations, commendations and “thank you’s” from our clients. Here is a selection:-

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