San Jose Chemical Burn Lawyers
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Chemical burns are evaluated according to the standard burn classification
used for fire,
scalding, and other burns. In other words, they will be graded as first degree,
second degree, or third degree, depending on how deep they go, how destructive
they are to the dermis and hypodermis, whether they blister or not, and
whether they damage the body's ability to retain heat and maintain
fluid levels. If you would like to pursue compensation for the damages
you have suffered from the burn, our
San Jose burn injury attorneys can guide you through your injury cases.
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Understanding Your Chemical Burns
Chemical burns may involve a gamut of substances, such as:
- Reducing agents
Exposure to such substances can lead to profound and painful injuries all
over the body. You can be burned by substances commonly found in the home, such as:
- Ammonia-based cleaning agents
- Nail products
- Paint thinners
- Chemicals at work
Both strong acids and strong bases can disturb and even permanently injure
the skin. Common burning acids include sulfuric acid and hydrochloric
acid. Common burning alkaloids include lye, silver nitrate, and lime.
Unlike scalding and
fire burns, chemical burns may not require "heat" to do damage. Simply
the contact between the dangerous chemical and the skin can lead to pain
In some cases, the burn will create immediate sensation and damage. In
other cases, the chemical contamination may not even be noticeable for
days. Burns that afflict the eyes, mucus membranes, lungs, and other orifices
may be particularly painful and damaging.
Symptoms of Chemical Burns
The nature and intensity of symptoms will depend on many factors, including
the type of chemical exposure, the nature and quickness of your first
aid, and your body's natural sensitivity to the substance.
Common indicators might include:
- Sensation of burning
- Necrosis of tissue
- Darkening or bleaching of the skin
Note that different chemical burns must be treated differently. It is very
important to identify the substance(s) that burned you as best as you
can. For instance, in certain chemical burn cases, it may be appropriate
to flood the area with water. In other cases, adding water to the burned
area may actually exacerbate the injury -- that is, water irrigation can
make your problems worse.
For immediate help, dial 911, or call your Local Poison Center. If you
don't have your Poison Center's number, call 1-800-222-1222 to
If you are looking for help holding a manufacturer, employer, or other
party legally responsible for your chemical burns, get in touch with our
San Jose personal injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP right now at
(800) 900-0863. Call for your
free, no obligation case consultation.