People who work in factories, industrial plants, paint stores, hardware stores and science labs can suffer from chemical inhalation injuries. These injuries are highly varied and completely dependent on the toxin causing the injury, the concentration inhaled and on the length of exposure.
Toxic chemicals that can cause chemical inhalation injuries include:
- Carbon monoxide
- Hydrogen Cyanide
- Hydrogen Chloride
- Hydrogen Fluoride
- Hydrogen Bromide
- Sulfur Dioxide
Most chemical inhalation injuries result in direct damage to the respiratory epithelium. This can lead to an increase in mucus production and cell death. If a victim is exposed to a harmful chemical for a long period of time in high concentrations, he or she can become very ill as the airways will become blocked, making breathing difficult. It is common for a person not to realize he or she his a victim of chemical inhalation until months or even years after exposure. In this type of situation, doctors may find it very difficult to diagnose the symptoms and identify the cause.
Chemical inhalation is dangerous as it is very subtle in nature. A toxic chemical can quickly dissipate into particles or gases which are not visible to the naked eye. Symptoms of chemical inhalation injuries include:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent coughing
- Headaches, dizziness and weakness
- Chest pain
- Fever and chills
- Burning eyes
Victims of chemical inhalation injuries can suffer from persistent respiratory problems, bronchitis, various types of cancer and even death. It is common for workers in industrial settings to encounter toxic chemicals every day. Even though industrial settings must adhere to government safety guidelines in order to protect workers, not all companies follow these regulations and guidelines.
Toxic inhalation is not limited to the workplace. Entire communities can be at risk for chemical inhalation injuries. If a company fails to comply with chemical disposal procedures, the company can pollute the groundwater and air with harmful chemicals which puts people living and working around the company at high risk for chemical inhalation injuries.
If you suffer from the above symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately and then contact our chemical inhalation injury attorneys right away. Without the assistance of a resourceful and experienced California personal injury attorney, you may find it difficult to provide evidence for your injury claim.
The legal team at Hogan Injury understands the complications inherent in chemical inhalation claim cases. We use a network of professional experts who help us determine the cause of your injuries so that we can identify who is liable for your suffering.
Our law firm offers a no-fee policy which means you do not pay us a thing unless we win or settle your case. We understand that you do not need the added stress of having to worry about paying an attorney at this difficult time in your life. You can reach us online via our website or call us directly at 866-205-4971 to schedule your no-cost consultation.