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Chemical Burns

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Chemical burns usually occur when your eyes or skin comes in contact with an irritant – a base or an acid. Unfortunately, chemical burns can occur anywhere – at home, at work, outdoors, in laboratories, or during an attack.

Whenever there’s a chemical burn, it’s advisable to inform a law enforcement officer promptly.

Common Items Leading to Chemical Burns

  • Car battery acid
  • Water chlorination products
  • Denture cleaners
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Metal cleaners

Factors Chemical Burns Symptoms Depend On

If you are looking for chemical burns symptoms, it’s important to remember that they are dependent on multiple factors such as:

  • Amount and intensity of chemical used
  • Whether chemical used was in solid, liquid, or gaseous form
  • Whether skin had any open cuts or wounds
  • Whether chemical was swallowed or inhaled

Chemical Burns Symptoms

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The common symptoms associated with chemical burns include:

  • Irritation or burning sensation in affected area
  • Dead or blackened skin
  • Loss of vision
  • Numbness or pain

In the case of chemical inhalation, one may experience the following symptoms:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Incessant coughing
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Twitching of muscle
  • Seizure

 

Types of Chemical Burns

Once there’s a chemical burn, your medical professional will classify it according to its depth:

  • Injury to upper layer of skin or epidermis is called superficial burn
  • Injury to second layer of skin or dermis is called second-degree burn
  • Injury to third layer of skin is called third-degree burn

Severe Consequences of Chemical Burns

People who have experienced severe chemical burns may have the following complications:

  • Disfigurement
  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Muscle and tissue damage
  • Scarring

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Ways To Prevent Chemical Burns

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  • Ensure chemicals are out of children’s reach
  • Avoid mixing chemicals with other chemicals
  • Store chemicals away from food and drinks
  • Wear protective gear
  • Leave chemicals in original labeled bottles

Who is at Greater Risk?

People who are at greater risk of suffering chemical burns include infants, young children, people with disabilities, and industrial workers. Some of the industries wherein workers are exposed to chemicals include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Construction

Seek Instant Medical Care

If a victim is exposed to chemicals, the first thing to do is take off the contaminated clothes. It’s also advisable to wash the burned area with water for at least 20 minutes. If this is done promptly, the injuries will be less harsh.

Post medical attention, burn injuries require thorough investigation. In fact, burn injury lawsuits are complex and challenging. That’s why it’s crucial to hire someone with deep understanding of the process. Our experienced burn injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Manley Traeger are adept and have years of experience in tackling intricate burn injury cases with ease.

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