Open flame isn’t the only way to suffer from a painful burn injury. Chemical burns can be extremely painful, dangerous and disfiguring. A variety of substances can cause severe chemical burns when they come into contact with the skin or respiratory system. Whether you were exposed to a dangerous chemical in the workplace or you there was a failure to warn about the potential for a chemical burn involving a consumer product, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has proven chemical burn case experience. Listed below are some common causes of chemical burns.
Common Causes of Chemical Burns
- Drain cleaners
- Wet cement
- Battery acid
- Oven cleaners
- Hydrofluoric acid
- Hydrochloric acid
- Sodium hydroxide
- Muriatic acid
- Sulfuric acid
- Nitric acid
- Silver nitrate
- Phosphoric acid
- Potassium hydroxide
Acid Chemical Burns
Acid chemical burns are very common. Any highly acidic chemical can burn human skin and be incredibly damaging. Many types of household and industrial cleaners have powerful acids in them. Just about any substance that removes rust or involves oxidizing or corrosive chemicals may include powerful acids. These chemicals can actually breakdown and denature the proteins of your skin and underlying tissue when they’re exposed to you.
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On the opposite end of the spectrum are bases. These are also known as alkalis and include substances like lime, cement, ammonia and potassium hydroxide. Even though these substances are essentially the opposite of acids, they can be equally as harmful when exposed to human skin and respiratory systems. Many of these bases can also be found in household and industrial cleaning chemicals. Bases also have the ability to denature protein, which means they can damage delicate soft tissues.
Hydrocarbon Chemical Burns
Finally, hydrocarbon chemical burns involve exposure to substances like solvents. It’s possible to get a chemical burn from gasoline and other petroleum products. Any type of solvent or degreasing agent exposure can potentially lead to a type of chemical burn.
Workplace Chemical Burn Injury
Unfortunately, the workplace is a common environment to be at risk for a chemical burn injury. Whether you’re at acorporate office or a construction site, the potential for chemical exposure exists. Items as simple as cleaning chemicals, when improperly labeled or mixed, can quickly present a danger at the workplace. If you’re suffering from a chemical burn that happened on the job, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case. Nobody should have to be subjected do harmful and dangerous chemicals during the normal course of their workday.
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If a chemical is harmful and can cause a disfiguring and painful burn, the manufacturer needs to warn consumers. If you got a chemical burn from a substance that wasn’t labeled with a warning, you need to contact the manufacturer, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and a personal injury lawyer immediately. Manufacturers of chemicals have a duty to warn consumers about potential health and safety risks associated with dangerous chemicals. If those warnings aren’t present, consumers are put at risk for painful and potentially disfiguring chemical burns.
Recovering From a Chemical Burn Injury
Like a traditional burn injury, the recovery from a chemical burn is often long and painful. This isn’t like a broken bone or muscle strain. This injury can lead to permanent pain and disfigurement. You might need multiple surgical procedures, long-term physical and occupational therapy, medical devices and other forms of medical care for weeks, months or even years. During this time, you could be out of work and struggling to make ends meet. The initial hospital expenses are just the tip of the iceberg where chemical burn injury costs are involved.
Depending upon the severity, chemical burns can lead to permanent scarring, vision impairment, infections, amputation and even death. If negligence caused your chemical burn, whether it was at the workplace, in school or in some other location, you need to speak with a lawyer about your claim. A personal injury lawyer can be your advocate and help to get you and your family the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills associated with the chemical burn injury. You don’t have to go through this alone.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a chemical burn injury at the workplace or due to somebody else’s dangerous or negligent behavior, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766. for a free case consultation today.