Dangerous chemicals pose a significant risk of severe burns. Chemical burns take place when the skin is exposed to corrosive substances including oxidizing acids from cleansers, alkalis such as sodium hydroxide and ammonia, and hydrocarbon solvents. Chemical burns often result in extensive tissue damage and severe pain and suffering. The severity of chemical burns is based on several factors including, duration of contact with the skin, the depth of penetration of the dangerous chemical, and the concentration of the harmful agent in the solution. If you or a loved one have experience severe chemical burns and would like to speak with a burn injury attorney regarding your claim contact our Law Offices toll free at (855)385-2529. All consultations are free of charge.
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Degrees of Chemical Burns: Burn injury classifications for chemical burn are identical to burn injuries from other sources.
- 1st Degree Burns: First degree burns are categorized as those having the least amount of penetration through the skin. These are considered the least dangerous or hurtful.
- 2nd Degree Burns: Signs of second degree burns include blistering of the skin. Victims of 2nd degree burns require medical attention.
- 3rd Degree Burns: These burns are those that penetrate through the skin causing serious damage. These burns require extensive medical attention and can be life threatening. They often require cosmetic surgery to have them correct.
- 4th degree Burns: These burns penetrate beneath the skin and lead to muscle damage and tissue necrosis. These types of burns are often life threatening and if not treated promptly.
Common Causes: Chemical burns can be caused by numerous factors including:
- The use of a dangerous of defective product
- Workplace accidents – failure of employee to abide by safety and health standards
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Dangerous condition in schools, restaurants, shopping malls, or other public facilities
- Chemical burns caused by tattoo removal products, and other beauty and skin products
- Medical Malpractice – dermatology errors, cosmetic surgery negligence
Proper Treatment for Chemical Burns: If you have experienced a chemical burn seek medical attention immediately. There are several steps which should to treat chemical burns.
- Immediate removal of the chemical from the skin
- Get under running water – Shower with a high powered jet for 1/2 hour – do not immerse in water (ie take a bath)
- Receive an examination of your injuries from a medical specialist
- Chemical Eye Burns – wash eye thoroughly as fast as possible.
Specific Agents which can cause Chemical Burns:
- Cement Burns – cement included many substances which can cause burns when they come into contact with human skin. We cement can result in dangerous reactions with the skin in one of three ways (1) Allergic dermatitis (2) Abrasions and (3) Chemical burns.
- Hydrofluoric Acid – Dangerous substance used in many home and workplace settings. Severity of chemical burns based hydrofluoric acid is dependent on concentration of the dangerous chemical in the solution interacting with the skin.
- Other Chemicals – Phosphorus, Strong Alkali, Hydrochloric Acid, Sulphuric Acid.
Compensation for your Injuries:
Victims of burn injuries causes by the negligent or intentional acts of other including failure to abide with proper health and safety standards in the workplace are entitled to monetary recovery for all their losses. The value of a chemical burn injury claim is dependent on several significant factors including
- Pain and Suffering of the victim – Chemical burn are associated with extreme pain and suffering. Under general personal injury laws victims are entitled a monetary recovery for the emotional, and physical pain they have endured.
- Costs of Medical Care – including recovery for future medical expenses such as revision surgeries, pain management care, rehabilitation expenses, and medications.
- Lost wages and loss of future income
- Punitive damage – where possible
Contacting an attorney – Our Law Offices are available 24 hours per day and 7 days out of the week for you to speak with a burn injury attorney. Toll Free (855)385-2529. All consultations are free of charge.
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