chemical burnsA Richmond work injury attorney may be able to help if you are injured while working with dangerous chemicals. Chemical burns are painful on-the-job injuries that may cause serious damage to a worker, and may warrant filing a claim.

Chemical burns may result from a number of hazardous substances like acids, alkalis, and hydrocarbons. The types of injuries these may cause depend on which parts of the body are exposed to them, how much product is involved, and the duration of contact.

Acids may lead to what’s called coagulation necrosis, which may actually reduce penetration of the skin, compared to alkalis. Alkalis, or bases, may also be extremely damaging because they can break down the skin and penetrate into the body. Inhalation of chemicals in gas form may lead to lung damage and acute respiratory problems.

A chemical burn should always be treated no matter its severity. Depending on the extent of damage, the healing process can take quite a bit of time. Also, as is common with any kind of burn, chemical burns can be not only physically painful, but psychologically traumatic, particularly if there is extensive scarring of the skin involved.

Regardless of the type of chemical burn you suffer at work, you may be entitled to file a Workers’ Compensation claim to help with your medical bills and other expenses.

Contacting a Virginia Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Have you been hurt in an accident at work? Call the Injured Workers Law Firm at 804-775-7755 and ask about our free book, Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia, for more information about your rights. You deserve to be treated fairly and to receive the compensation to which you are entitled, and we can help.