Description – Phosgene is a colorless, non-flammable gas with a newly cut lawn odor at low concentrations. At high concentrations it can be suffocating. It is used to make other chemicals such as pesticides, dyestuffs, acid chlorides polycarbonates, and pharmaceuticals. Exposure to Phosgene can occur through the inhalation of Phosgene vapors when products containing Phosgene are combusted, but mainly occurs during the manufacture of products containing Phosgene.
Risks – Short-term exposure to Phosgene through inhalation can cause a number of respiratory ailments including coughing, bloody sputum, chest pains, and possibly painful breathing. Physical contact may result in burning and irritation of the skin and eyes. Long-term exposure can lead to chronic pneumonitis and severe lung injuries.
If you or a loved one has become ill because of Phosgene exposure you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine who is responsible for your exposure to Phosgene and get proper compensation for your injuries.