Chemical burns are caused by exposure to caustic substances, typically a strong acid or base but also oxidants and certain metals. It can happen through skin contact, ingestion, or inhalation. Chemical burns occur without heat or flames. They are a dangerous type of burn and can involve absorbing toxic chemicals through the skin, even if the skin does not initially appear damaged. Chemical burns can be difficult to treat, and they can be fatal.
Causes of Chemical Burns
Chemical burns can happen at home or at school, but most occur in the workplace. Certain professions involve an increased risk of accidents causing chemical exposure and chemical burns.
Substances that can cause chemical burns include:
- Battery acid
- Toilet and drain cleaners
- Metal cleaners
- Wet concrete or dry concrete mix
- Hydrochloric acid
- Hydrofluoric acid
- Silver nitrate
- Sulfur mustard
- Sulfuric acid
Symptoms of Chemical Burns
The symptoms of chemical burns can vary depending on the severity of the burn, the type of chemical and the method of contact. Symptoms can include:
- Redness at the burn site
- Irritation or burning sensation
- Pain or numbness at the burn site
- Blackened skin
- Shortness of breath or coughing
In addition to the burn symptoms, exposure to dangerous chemicals can have other effects on the body such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty breathing
- Vomiting and nausea
- Loss of consciousness
Chemical burns can have life-long consequences. To learn more about your rights and potential compensation, please talk to an experienced burn injury attorney right away.
In Georgia, attorney Laurie Robbins represents burn injury victims. Call today for your free claim evaluation.