Injured or Suffered a Chemical Burn By Hazardous Materials? Your Case is Our Cause
Which Personal Injury Law Firm Works With Chemical Burn Victims?
Chemical burn injuries can be caused by many different products. These products include household cleaning supplies, hair products, concrete, and industrial chemicals to name a few. These products can cause injury to the skin or injury when inhaled. Burn injuries can be mild or severe and can cause extreme pain and disfigurement. These injuries can also cause large medical bills which accompany the extensive and painful treatment.
The attorneys at Schiffman Firm understand the pain and fear which a family will experience when a loved one sustains a chemical burn injury.
We hold the manufacturers and sellers of defective products responsible when they cause chemical injuries. The seller of a product has a duty to warn of the dangers associated with the use of the product. If the manufacturer or seller does not give the proper warnings, then it is liable for selling the defective product.
We have almost a century of expertise and know the proper experts to consult. This can be especially important in a case in which the defect may be that the seller failed to warn of the proper use and the dangers of the product. We have obtained large settlements in cases when defective hair products caused serious injuries. In one case, the hair product was flammable and failed to warn causing the user to sustain serious burns to her body. In other cases, users have been compensated for burns to their scalps when the warnings on hair product were insufficient.
If your chemical burn injury occurred on the job or related to your work assignment, you may also have a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are available to pay medical costs and lost wages but will not compensate you for pain and suffering. Often, two actions, one for workers’ compensation benefits and one for unsafe premises or defective product or negligence can be brought thereby giving an injured person two routes to compensation. As you may imagine, this requires experience in handling these types of cases.
If you or your loved one receives a chemical burn injury, the experience which Schiffman Firm brings to the case is crucial. We have achieved substantial settlements in cases in which burn victims were led to believe that they did not have a valid case to pursue.
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Understanding chemical burns and exposure
What is a Chemical Burn Injury?
Chemical burn injuries, like traditional burn injuries, can cause lasting, severe pain for the victim. These types of injuries are typically associated with workplace injuries – specifically jobs and environments that work with hazardous chemicals and powerful cleaning agents.
While most chemical burns are thought to dissolve and burn away a person’s skin, not all chemical burns are the same. Some exposure to less hazardous chemicals can cause the person that comes into contact with it to develop a variety of rashes and skin irritations.
Hazardous chemicals can also affect a victim internally if toxic fumes are inhaled. If consumed or inhaled, these dangerous chemicals can cause a victim to develop burns in their stomach, intestines, and other internal organs.
Exposure to certain chemicals can cause severe long-term effects and even lead to wrongful deaths. An example would be benzene, which is a known carcinogen linked to cases of cancer, leukemia, and lymphoma.
Construction Workers, Factory Employees, Laboratory Staff
Who Is Most at Risk For Chemical Exposure and Burn Injuries?
Different types of occupations may be exposed to a wide variety of chemicals, some less severe than others.
An example would be a janitor or a member of a cleaning crew. This type of job may expose the worker to hazardous chemicals found in cleaning products which may result in a less severe chemical burn than an employee at a fabricating plant or lab working with highly concentrated chemicals.
Regardless of the severity, a chemical burn injury of any degree is something that can result in legal action if the accident or injury sustained was caused by carelessness or negligence.
Common jobs and workers most at risk to suffer chemical exposure burns and injuries can include:
- Janitors and cleaning staff
- Construction workers
- Chemical plant employees
- Lab and laboratory staff
- Hairdressers and nail technicians
- Pool cleaners
- Transport industry workers
Inadequate Protection, Poor Training, Missing Warning Labels
What Are Some Common Causes of Chemical Exposure and Burn Injuries?
Chemical burns can be caused by a variety of scenarios, including – but are not limited to:
- Low-quality safety equipment
- Inaccessible or malfunctioning emergency chemical cleaning station
- Improper or inadequate training
- Slips, trips, and falls caused by unsafe property while handling hazardous materials
- Defective products including containers of hazardous chemicals
- Lack of warning on product labels
Ammonia, Carbon Monoxide, Chlorine
What Are Some Common Chemicals That Cause Burns and Exposure Injuries?
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the top five chemicals resulting in injuries from acute chemical incidents are 1 :
- Carbon monoxide
- Hydrochloric acid
- Sulfuric acid
- Found in drain cleaners, fertilizer, and car batteries
Other commonly found hazardous chemicals include:
- Nitric acid
- Used in engraving and electroplating
- Hydrofluoric acid
- Found in rust removers, tile cleaners, dental procedures, refrigerant
- Phosphoric acid
- Found in metal cleaners, disinfectants, detergents, rustproofing
- Top Five Chemicals Resulting in Injuries from Acute Chemical Incidents — Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Do If I Am Injured By a Chemical Burn or Exposed to Hazardours Materials?
The absolute first thing you should do is seek proper medical attention. If medical aid is not readily available quickly flush the chemical from your eyes, mouth, and anywhere else that was exposed.
If the incident occurred at work be sure to follow proper workplace injury protocols. This includes reporting the accident to your manager and HR (human resources) department.
Be sure to keep documents and receipts for any expenses related to your injury including:
- Medical bills
- Medical reports and doctors’ orders
- Pharmacy and prescription receipts
- Document indicating any lost wages
You may also want to seek legal representation, especially if your accident could have been easily prevented or was caused by negligence. The personal injury attorneys at Schiffman Firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are experts in representing clients that were injured on the job or in the workplace. Our team will work with you and bring a vast network of industry professionals to help give your case the credibility it needs to deliver the compensation you deserve.
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