Chemical Burns

When most people think of burns, the first thing that comes to mind is usually fire- and heat-related burns. However, chemicals burns can also be dangerous and even deadly. The frightening thing about burns from chemicals is that the hazardous substances can be all around us, in household products, beauty products, and more.

Causes of Chemical Burns

While you may know that strongly acidic products can be harmful, you may not realize that strong bases can be bad for you as well. Product labels should tell you either way if the item is dangerous to your health. Some household chemicals that can hurt you include:

  • Wet cement
  • Leaking cold packs
  • Bleach
  • Metal cleaners or scouring agents
  • Chlorine for the pool
  • Drain cleaners

Typically, the severity of the burn depends on the strength of the acid or base which you encountered. Additionally, the length of time during which the substance was in contact your body can be important in determining how badly you got burned.

Symptoms of Chemical Burns

Sometimes, it is hard to tell if you have received a chemical burn because they can penetrate deeply into your body, or the physical signs of a burn may not appear right away, such as with chemical inhalations. Some symptoms of a chemical burn include:

  • Pain or numbness at location of burn
  • Redness or irritation at burn site
  • Blistering
  • Vision problems
  • Coughing or panting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Cardiac arrest

Contact Us

Because there are such a wide variety of strong chemicals all around us, a chemical burn can be very easy to sustain in the home or workplace. In some cases, faulty containers, misleading labels, or negligence can cause a person to receive a chemical burn. If you or a loved one has suffered a chemical burn, contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer from Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964.

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