Chemical Fire Attorneys
Due to our extensive experience handling chemical fire cases, our personal injury lawyers have learned much about the costs of chemical fires. Through our clients’ tragic stories, we learn about the emotional, physical, and financial costs of suffering a chemical fire. We discovered that when profits are prioritized above safety, employees pay the price. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are committed to ensuring that burned workers suffer as little as possible for others’ mistakes. While we cannot wash away your emotional and physical pain, we can fight for the money you need to obtain proper medical treatment and financial security. By representing workers who endured scenarios such as the Deepwater Horizon explosion or the Texas City explosion, we have secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
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Common Causes of Electrical & Chemical Fires
Hazardous chemicals are frequently the cause of fires at production plants. While dangerous chemicals are an ignition risk on their own, when these chemicals are used with heavy machinery or other hazards, their threat-levels increase exponentially.
Chemical fires are caused by the following:
- Faulty wiring
- Outdated equipment
- Overheated machinery
- Poor safety protocols
- Poor employee training
- Poor storage practices
When a company fails to maintain their machines, combustible materials can ignite. Additionally, when corporations fail to train their employees, workers can make simple mistakes that result in grave consequences. Every employer must adequately instruct their employees to ensure that chemical fires do not occur. When employers provide inadequate training, they could be held liable for the ensuing disaster.
Common Injuries from Chemical Fires
Chemical fires can inflict more than a typical burn wound. In fact, there are thousands of chemical mixtures used in various industries, and how each of these interacts with heat will look different. Therefore, chemical fires can cause numerous injuries that many people do not realize.
Chemical fires can cause injuries such as the following:
- Burns to the lining of the lungs
- Respiratory issues that stem from ash or smoke
- Persistent eye irritation
- Blurry vision
- Headaches due to smoke inhalation
- Nausea from smoke complications
- Burned esophagus
- First-degree, second-degree, and third-degree burns
As you can see, some of these injuries are external, and some of these injuries are internal. Internal injuries are often more dangerous than external injuries because the injured worker may not realize they have been wounded. A worker who sustains headaches, nausea, and respiratory issues after a chemical fire may disregard symptoms of internal injury due to a chemical fire.
You should immediately go to a hospital if you have any of these symptoms after a chemical fire:
- Throwing up
- Constant smell of smoke
- Watery eyes
- Stinging throat or lungs
- Difficulty inhaling
When someone is near a chemical fire, the smoke may coat his or her lungs. This “chemical coating” can block the lungs from receiving and breaking down oxygen. In fact, it can cause scarring in and around the tiny air sacs of the lungs. While a severe consequence of chemical fires, the symptoms of lung scarring as a result of chemical coating may not be felt for some time. Due to chemical coatings and other problems, going in for a routine respiratory checkup is always a good idea to make sure that you have not suffered internal damage from a chemical fire.
Contact Our Chemical Plant Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in a chemical fire while reporting at work, it is probable that your employer is directly or indirectly to blame. Seek a claim against their negligence with the help of a personal injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin. Our firm has helped thousands of injured clients wounded in chemical plant accidents; in fact, our firm has won billions of dollars for our clientele. Call today to learn how we can help you.
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