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Chemical burns are injuries caused by acid, gasoline, paint thinner, and drain cleaners. These substances can trigger severe damage to various parts of your body, including your skin, eyes, mouth, or internal organs. Many cases of chemical burns have been reported from an accident, product misuse, or an assault.

Below, our experienced burn injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will discuss chemical burn symptoms and what you should do to get it treated.


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 – this may only apply 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 the skin,
  • Length of exposure, and
  • Strength of the substance.

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.

The result of a chemical burn can be difficult to predict. Even though death is a rare occurrence for this type of injury, it is still very possible.

Medical Treatment

Any type of chemical burn should be looked into immediately. If it is minor, you should administer first aid. 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 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 as 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 or ointments 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 or mouth.
  • A tetanus 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 percent 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.

No financial risks are involved when using our services. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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