The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that as many as 60,000 workers die and another 860,000 workers suffer injuries and illnesses due to chemical burns every year. In the blink of an eye, chemical burns can lead to a lifetime of pain, suffering, and disability. At Solnick & Associates LLC, we are passionate about helping individuals who have suffered chemical burns at work. If you are a victim, we want to help you fight for maximum compensation.
Chemical Burn Injury Claim Trends
Common Causes of Chemical Burns
Chemical burns are common injuries among workers in agricultural, health, industrial, manufacturing, construction, and various other occupations. Chemical burns are caused by exposure to corrosive substances, and as a result do not need heat or fire to lead to painful, debilitating, and often disfiguring injuries. Some of the most common causes of workplace chemical burns include exposure to:
- Acids and bases
- Natural gas
- Paint thinner
- Reducing agents and alkylating agents
- Various forms of solvents
Chemical burns can be both external (varying degrees of burns on the skin) and internal (resulting from inhalation or ingestion of toxic substances). Prolonged exposure to certain chemicals has also been linked to various fatal forms of cancer. In all cases, employees who suffer chemical burns at work are entitled to seek medical and disability benefits through workers’ compensation.
Workers Fortunate to Avoid Injuries in Southern Pennsylvania Chemical Fire
In June 2015, a fertilizer plant in southern Pennsylvania experienced a “major hazmat incident” when numerous explosions set the plant ablaze and left people in the surrounding area suffering from burning eyes. Fearing potential injuries, officials asked residents within a mile of the plant to remain in their homes, and asked neighboring businesses to close.
Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported, but clearly the situation could have been much, much worse. While it doesn’t take an explosion to expose workers to chemical burns, situations such as this unquestionably warrant careful attention from employers, workers, and safety regulators.
Seeking Workers’ Compensation for Chemical Burns
If you have suffered a chemical burn at work, in most cases Pennsylvania law is going to entitle you to workers’ compensation. This is true even if your burns are not directly related to your occupational duties. However, employers and their insurance companies rarely pay benefits without a fight, and in most cases they will use any excuse (no matter how small) to try to avoid or delay payment of benefits.
The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system is complicated, and as a result we recommend that all injured workers hire experienced legal representation as soon as possible. Read more about filing for benefits in our workers’ compensation FAQs.
Solnick & Associates LLC | Workers’ Compensation Law Firm Serving the Greater Philadelphia Area
Our attorneys have decades of experience and have helped injured workers recover millions of dollars in workers’ compensation benefits. We offer free consultations, and we take all cases on contingency so you pay us nothing unless we win your claim. To speak with one of our workers’ compensation lawyers, please call our offices at (877) 958-7010 or tell us about what happened online today.
With offices in Jenkintown, Solnick & Associates LLC represents injured workers in the greater Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania.