Every day we are surrounded by hazardous chemicals. Cleaning agents, gas for our cars and industrial chemicals at work all carry serious risks for injury if they are not properly transported and stored or do not have adequate warnings.

According to an investigation by the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, more than 2.8 million Arizona residents live within areas vulnerable to toxic chemical spills. Exposure to these chemicals can cause pain, blindness, suffocation or even death.

Chemical Injury Accidents Involving Children

Some of the most common hazardous chemical injuries involve children. Young children may be unable to understand the risks associated with touching or even drinking certain chemicals. Their developing respiratory systems may also be more vulnerable to chemical fumes. One of the most difficult things a parent can endure is a child suffering a hazardous chemical injury.

Because manufacturers are often aware that children may come into contact with chemical products, they should make sure that their product is safe and cannot be easily opened or accidentally spilled by a child. Additionally, these products should contain adequate warnings to parents and should not be marketed in such a way as to be enticing to children.

If manufacturers have put out a defective product or given an insufficient warning, they should be held responsible for the injuries they cause. If your child has suffered a hazardous chemical injury, talk to an experienced personal injury attorney. He or she may be able to advise you of your options to get compensation for your child's injuries and other damages.

Workplace Chemical Injuries

People who work around chemicals may also be at an increased risk for hazardous chemical injury. Some of the most common chemicals causing injury or death include carbon monoxide, ammonia, chlorine, hydrochloric acid, lead, mercury, fluorides, ozone, zinc, cadmium and sulfuric acid. These chemicals can take liquid, gas or even solid form.

Many of these chemicals can be colorless, clear and even odorless, making them difficult to identify if they are not contained in a properly labeled container. Exposure can cause sudden illness or even death; in other cases, however, it may take long-term exposure before an injury becomes evident. Exposure to caustic chemicals can also cause burning to the skin, eyes, mouth and lungs.

There are many jobs where employees are more likely to suffer a chemical injury due to increased chemical use and exposure. They include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Oil and gas
  • Janitorial
  • Painting
  • Lab work
  • Industrial cleaning
  • Firefighting
  • Farming
  • Refrigeration
  • Mining
  • Swimming pool maintenance

Employers are required to maintain a safe working environment. This includes proper warnings, safety procedures, chemical storage, adequate ventilation, employee training and remedying any possible workplace safety issues. However, some employers are more concerned with profit than safety.

If an employee is injured on the job due to a hazardous chemical injury, he or she should talk to an attorney. The employer may deny responsibility or even deny a workers' compensation claim, leaving the employee without an income and facing thousands in medical bills.

Let Us Help You

We are West, Longenbaugh and Zickerman P.L.L.C. We will make sure your employer is held accountable. Our offices are located in Tucson, Arizona. Call our lawyers at 520-518-3781 or contact us online.