Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of two industrial workers injured after a Phillips employee opened an improper valve. The workers, who were trapped on scaffolding at the time and unable to escape, were exposed to harmful vaporized hydrofluoric acid as a result. They suffered severe, life-threatening burns to their lungs, faces, throats, and eyes and were immediately admitted into a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.
Hydrofluoric acid is an extremely dangerous chemical compound containing fluorine. While this substance is used in the manufacturing of many different products from refrigerants to aluminum to plastics, it has also been used as an agent of chemical terrorism due to its painful and damaging properties. Hydrofluoric acid damages the skin and tissues of the body upon exposure and can cause severe lung damage if inhaled. Consuming even a small amount of this compound can be fatal.
The case was filed by Arnold & Itkin LLP in Harris County, Texas.