Chemical burns are caused by acids or other caustic substances that break down a victim's skin by reacting with its natural pH levels. While some chemical burns are caused by grooming products, such as nail polish remover or hair dye, most burns occur at the workplace.
Industrial work environments are most commonly associated with severe chemical burn injuries. Individuals who work in manufacturing, mining, medicinal or chemical manufacturing industries have a high likelihood of being involved in a chemical burn accident at some point during their employment.
With more than 30,000 different types of dangerous chemicals in the world today, it is no surprise that recent studies show approximately five percent of all burn victims suffer from chemical-related injuries.
For more information regarding chemical burn injuries, or to inquire about filing a chemical burn lawsuit, contact the skilled burn injury lawyers at Gordon & Doner today.
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Chemical Burn Signs and Symptoms
Most people are familiar with the physical manifestations of a burn injury, such as localized redness, irritation or blisters. In severe cases, skin can be blackened or missing altogether after a chemical burn.
Many people are often not aware of other symptoms that can accompany a burning incident. Some lesser known signs of a chemical burn are:
- Blurred vision
- Shortness of breath
In more severe cases, burn injury victims have been known to exhibit symptoms such as:
- Low blood pressure
- Cardiac arrest
When all of the immediate dangers have been eliminated and the injured person has received basic first-aid, it is important to contact the nearest hospital or medical practitioner to ensure the victim is administered correct the treatment for their wounds. While some burns may only affect the surface level of the skin, others may be quite deep and require extensive medical attention. In some instances, the damage may be severe enough to be life-threatening.
If you believe the chemical burns that you or a loved one received were due to another person's negligence, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit and receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and mental anguish.
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Basic First-Aid That Can Ease a Victim's Pain
Most chemical burns occur on the face, hands or arms. Therefore, administering basic first-aid as soon as possible can help reduce a victim's risk of losing their fingers, lips or eyesight. While contacting emergency medical personnel is always recommended, administering basic first-aid services at the scene of a burn injury can be life-saving.
Some simple yet effective steps for helping a chemical burn victim include:
- Removing the victim from the source of the chemical
- Removing any contaminated clothing
- Providing the victim with fresh air
- Rinsing the skin or eyes
Quite often, extensive rising with water will help lessen the impact of a chemical burn by flushing the chemical away from the affected areas. However, when administering any type of first-aid to a burn victim, be sure to use extreme caution. Be mindful of the excess chemicals on or around the victim, and do not splash yourself or others with the chemical while rinsing off the victim.
Common Causes of Chemical Burns at Home
While most chemical burns occur at the workplace, many kinds of dangerous chemicals are used in homes across the nation on a daily basis. These common household products can cause serious burns to unsuspecting victims, such as children, pets or adults who fail to use the products properly. By reading the labels on cleaning and cosmetic products in your home, you will become more familiar with their chemical components and likelihood of causing a burn injury.
Some common household products that can cause chemical burns include:
- Bathtub, toilet and glass cleaners
- Metal polishes
- Pool chlorine
- Paint thinner
- Bug sprays
- Drain clearing agents
- Acetone nail polish remover
- Hair dye
- Facial Peels
In addition to this list, there are countless other products that can be purchased over the counter that are capable of causing chemical burns. With this in mind, it is important to keep these products stored in a safe place where children and pets are not able to come in contact with them.
Also, be sure to store these products in their original containers with the labels intact. Doing so will help prevent the accidental misidentification of the product, which can result in potentially dangerous or life-threatening chemical burns.
In the event of exposure to a burning chemical agent, medical personnel should be informed of the product's name, description and intended use, so they can determine how to best treat the victim's injuries.
Can I Obtain Compensation for My Burn Injury?
If you received your burn injury at work, or as a result of someone else's negligence, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit and receive much-deserved financial compensation.
At Gordon & Doner, we know injury victims often face mounting medical bills, costs for on-going treatment and expensive medication needed to treat their wounds. They may also face lost wages and an overwhelming amount of pain and suffering. Our lawyers have more than 200 years of combined legal experience and have obtained millions in favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients. We are prepared to do the same for you.
If you are unsure if you are entitled to file a lawsuit, contact us today. Our team of skilled attorneys will assess your case for free and advise you on your best course of action. Should we determine that you have a case, we will proudly represent you and fight diligently for the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to receive.
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