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What Causes A Chemical Burn?


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Common causes of chemical burns include, but are not limited to:

  • Bleach,
  • Denture cleaners,
  • Teeth whitening products,
  • Car battery acid,
  • Concrete mix,
  • Metal cleaners, or
  • Bathroom supply cleaners for the drain or toilet.

Symptoms



To get an idea on whether or not you may be suffering from a chemical burn, here are the symptoms you may potentially experience:

  • Redness,
  • Irritation,
  • Blisters,
  • Dead skin,
  • Pain,
  • Numbness,
  • Excessive coughing,
  • Shortness of breath, or
  • Changes in your vision, if your eyes were damaged by a chemical.

Tissue damage may also be involved with chemical burns. The level of severity depends on whether the chemical was:

  • Swallowed or inhaled,
  • In contact with skin
  • Length of exposure,
  • Strength of the substance, and
  • The total amount pf.

If you endured severe chemical burn injuries, you may have these symptoms:

  • Faintness,
  • Weakness,
  • Dizziness,
  • Shortness of breath,
  • Low blood pressure,
  • Cardiac arrest,
  • Abnormal heartbeat, or
  • Muscle twitching

It is unlikely for an individual to die from a chemical injury. A fatality from this injury will rarely occur.

Medical Treatment


Any type of chemical burn should be looked into immediately. If it is minor, administer first aid on it. Afterwards, it is suggested that you call a medical expert to look into your injury and provide you with proper treatment for it to heal. If it is severe, call 911. They will transport you to the hospital and begin the treatment process. The hospital will run several tests such as:

  • Evaluation on the chemical harming your skin,
  • Diagnosis of the injury, and
  • Blood tests.

This will help them determine if you need to stay in the hospital to get treatment. If it is not severe, the hospital will let you go home. However, they will have you follow-up with a doctor who specializes in burn injuries. If your injury is approved as a severe case, you will be admitted into the hospital. You may expect to go through several treatments, which include:

  • IV fluids to make sure your blood pressure is normal along with your heart rate. Other medications may also be distributed through the IV to help with pain treatment and infection.
  • Antibiotics will be given to treat the pain you are experiencing.
  • You will have medicated creams applied to your burn injury. Afterwards, it will be wrapped up with either a bandage or gauze to keep it in place. This will help with pain relief and protection against infections.
  • If you are dealing with breathing problems, you will be given a breathing tube that will be administered through your nose.
  • Tetanus booster shot will be given, depending on your circumstances.
  • Medical specialists will give you a brief explanation on what they are planning to do during your recovery process.

Once you are released from the hospital, you will be required to follow-up with your assigned doctor to make sure that your injury is properly being taken care of.

Available Damages


Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills.
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain And Suffering
  • Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Limitations For Damages In California
For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable. However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non economic losses is $250,000.

Contact Us
If you are a victim of a chemical burn injury and need legal advice, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced personal injury attorneys that are always ready to assist you with your needs. Our attorneys will help you with every step of the way when it comes to your questions or concerns about your chemical burn injury. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No financial risks are involved when you use our services. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling(213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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