Many West Virginia employees suffer from workplace burns each year. These burns occur for a variety of reasons but many burns are the result of chemical burns from handling dangerous chemicals while performing their everyday duties. Chemical burns are serious workplace accidents that need to be addressed in a prompt manner to ensure that you or your loved one will not suffer life threatening injuries. If you or your loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, you deserve compensation. An experienced attorney at Colombo Law can help you obtain compensation for your injury. However, there are some important first aid steps that should be taken to address your burn injury before speaking with a lawyer. Colombo Law wants you to know about the signs and first aid remedies that should be applied whenever you suffer a burn injury.
Symptoms of Chemical Burn Injuries
Chemical burns may be present on the skin for hours or days before common first, second, or third degree burn symptoms appear. Instead, the burn may only appear red or itchy before the onset of blisters, pain, and ulcers.
Chemical burns that are inhaled will cause internal burns, and many people are unaware of the common symptoms. Inhalation burns often cause coughing and shortness of breath. In other cases, an individual may present signs of food poisoning.
Chemical burns that come into contact with one’s eyes are more likely to present immediate signs and symptoms. These symptoms are burning, itching, and blurred vision.
How to Treat Your Burn
As soon as you become aware of a burn, it is important to take the following precautions:
- Remove the chemical from your skin. Take care to remove the chemical as much as possible, following the care instructions or other directions in the safety and/or warning portion of the chemicals labeling. This may include flushing the chemical with water or brushing the chemical off of your skin.
- Remove any contaminated clothing to protect other areas of the skin that are not yet exposed.
- Cover the impacted area. Covering the impacted area in a way that will allow for the burn to breathe but still protect it from harmful substances or other debris is ideal.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. All chemical burns are considered emergencies given the potential for the onset of other symptoms without the injured parties knowledge.
After seeking medical attention and ensuring that you are regaining your health, contact an attorney at Colombo Law to determine your remedies for this workplace accident.
About Colombo Law
Colombo Law is a personal injury law firm that seeks to help every victim of an accident or incident recover the maximum monetary relief possible for their injury. Our attorneys know that every client deserves some relief, regardless of how big or small the claim is.
Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. We assist clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation.