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What should I know about chemical burns?

Chemical burns are a serious risk for some people who work in factories or around chemicals. Employers have a duty to ensure that the employees who are around these chemicals have the appropriate safety gear and training to work around those chemicals or with those chemicals. Sadly, chemical burns might occur to some employees.

How dangerous are chemical burns?

Chemical burns can be serious. In some cases, they can be deadly. When a chemical comes into contact with the skin, it can cause external burns. If the chemical is swallowed or inhaled, it can cause damage to the internal organs. Almost all chemical burns require medical care, but internal chemical burns are a medical emergency.

Are all chemical burns the same?

A variety of factors influence how a chemical burn will appear. The symptoms for an acid burn differ from a base burn. The length of contact with the chemical, the location of the contact, the chemical concentration, and the strength of the chemical also factor into how the symptoms appear.

What are some symptoms of chemical burns?

External chemical burns can cause pain, numbness, blackened skin, redness, and irritation at the site of the burn. If the chemical gets into the eyes, the vision might be affected. Internal chemical burns can cause irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, heart attack, headache, coughing, shortness of breath, dizziness, seizures, and weakness.

Some people who suffer from chemical burns might have to take off of work. Lack of pay and incoming bills might create a perfect storm that can ruin people's lives. Seeking compensation might help them to avoid financial ruin.

Source: Healthline, "Chemical Burns," accessed Aug. 06, 2015

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