Alabama Chemical Burn Injuries
A chemical burn is an irritation or destruction of human tissue as a result of chemical exposure, either acid or base, coming in contact with skin, eyes or internal organs. Direct exposure to the irritant or its fumes may cause a severe reaction to the tissue. Chemical burns may cause a reaction on the surface of your skin or within your body if you were to ingest the agent.
Many chemical burns occur due to the use of various products such as those for hair, skin and nail care. Other common agents that can cause harm to your body are: battery acid, bleach, ammonia, pool chlorination products, skin peel products and denture cleaners.
According to E-medicine Health, symptoms of chemical burns will depend upon the circumstances surrounding the chemical burn episode.
- How long was the exposure?
- Was the agent inhaled or swallowed?
- Did the skin have open cuts at the time of contact?
- What is the location on your body?
- What was the amount and strength of the chemical?
- Was it a gas, solid or liquid?
Possible symptoms are:
- Redness or irritation at contact point.
- Pain or numbness at contact site.
- Blisters or black, dead skin at contact site.
- Vision changes, burning or irritation should agent get in your eyes.
- Coughing or shortness of breath
- Vomiting, especially if the agent was ingested.
According to Healthline, the following more severe reactions may occur should you ingest the agent.
- Irregular heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
- Cardiac arrest or heart attack
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle twitches
While most chemical burns do not produce life-threatening injuries, it is possible, especially if you ingest the chemical. Chemical burns can also leave an individual with permanent injuries such as scarring, infection muscle tissue damage or emotional issues. If you or a loved one has suffered a chemical burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation. After you have received proper medical treatment, please be sure to contact Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. at 205.324.3600 or 1.844.LAW.TALK for a free consultation.