Burn injuries can be extremely painful and highly debilitating. Depending on the degree of the burn, you can suffer anywhere from major discomfort to potential death. You should not have to fear for your personal safety when you go into work. However, many individuals suffer from burns at their workplace every day. According to the American Burn Association, there are approximately 450,000 patients that are treated every year for burns. Of that number, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration believe 5,000 individuals are burned at work, with 500 injuries resulting in death. One of the main culprits for these injuries is a chemical burn.
Chemical burns happen when corrosive, synthetic materials touch soft tissues. Soft tissues can refer to skin, muscles, eyes, ears, and internal organs. The main corrosive compounds include acids, bases, thinning agents, and more.
Common chemicals found in the workplace include:
- Nitric acid
- Phosphoric acid
- Sodium hydroxide
- Calcium hypochlorite
- Hydrofluoric acid
Coming into contact with these chemicals can cause extensive adverse effects.
Preventing Chemical Burns
It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure their workers have a safe environment in which to work. Of course, some occupations are more hazardous than others. There are circumstances in which workers cannot avoid chemicals. In this case, companies should offer the following:
- Extensive training in dealing with chemicals
- Protective clothing and tools
- Emergency protocols
- First aid and burn treatments on site
Our San Antonio Burn Injury Lawyers Are Waiting To Help You
If you or a loved one has suffered a chemical burn, you may be eligible for compensation. When an accident does occur, your employer can offer your worker's compensation to cover medical expenses and lost wages. However, some employers try to cheat their workers in order to save money. In order to seek the correct amount of restitution, you should hire an attorney skilled at dealing with personal injury cases. At Wyatt Law Firm, our attorneys bring years of experience helping victims of chemical burns. Call us today at 210-255-2231 for a free consultation.
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