Chemical burns typically occur through contact with various types of chemical substances and compounds. These can occur in many different types of settings, including research facilities, home settings, work environments, and other places. A chemical burn can occur because of irresponsible storage (results in a chemical exposure injury), improper clean up, or an unauthorized use of chemicals.
Some examples of chemical burn injuries include:
- Skin burns and other chemical reactions;
- Eye injuries;
- Injuries resulting from splashes or dropped substances; and/or
- Injuries to the hand or fingers.
In many instances, chemical burns can result from a lack of safety equipment or the improper use of chemical substances. Chemical burns can also occur for many types of household products and consumer items, including medications, topical substances, and cleaning chemicals.
Liability for a chemical burn can depend on several factors. In some cases, an individual or business may be responsible for a chemical burn injury according to negligence law.
A negligence claim involves proving the following specific elements in a personal injury case:
- The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff;
- The defendant breached this duty of care;
- The defendant’s breach was the actual cause of the plaintiff’s injury; and
- The plaintiff suffered damages as result of the breach of duty.
An example of this is where a chemical factory company disregards their duty to provide workers with proper chemical safety equipment and gear. If the failure results in injuries to workers and other persons, the company might be held liable under negligence laws.
In most chemical burn injury cases, a monetary damages award may be the remedy. Other options for remedies include:
- Requesting a change in defendant’s practices (such as making chemical products safer);
- Requiring defendant to pay court costs and fees; and/or
- Accepting a settlement offer.
Settlement offers can vary in amount and will depend on several factors in the case, including the severity of the chemical burn injuries, the defendant’s conduct and liability, and specific issues with the product itself. Generally speaking, burn injury settlements are usually higher than other types of personal injury settlements because of the harsh injury and permanent scars. However, the plaintiff will usually be prohibited from filing or continuing the lawsuit if they accept a settlement offer.
You deserve to be compensated for your injuries if your chemical burns are the result of someone else’s negligence. To understand whether you have a case, contact a personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will be able to provide you with guidance and representation for your case.