Chemical burns can cause serious personal injuries. When people think of burn injuries, they often naturally think of fires. However, chemical burns are one of the most common causes of burns. North Carolina residents may be exposed to chemicals at home, at work, or during a motor vehicle accident. A chemical burn can happen almost anywhere, including a processing plant, a construction site, at an agricultural site, or at a university. Chemical burns can cause injuries immediately after they happen, or they can cause injuries that do not become apparent until later.North Carolina Chemical Burn Injury Lawyers
Many chemical burns do not show symptoms until years after the exposure. For example, some diseases such as lung cancer or emphysema do not occur until years after the exposure to chemicals. Or, misuse of a product every day in someone’s household can cause chemical burn injuries over time. Other chemical burns cause immediate severe injuries, including secondary infections and disfigurement. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury from a chemical burn in Charlotte, Mooresville, Monroe or any of the surround areas, Arnold & Smith, PLLC can help. Contact our personal injury law firm as soon as possible to schedule your initial case evaluation. You may have a legal claim for compensation.Seeking Compensation for Chemical Burns in North Carolina
If a chemical burn happened in a car accident, the driver who caused the car accident may be liable for your damages. Our car accident attorneys will thoroughly investigate the cause of the car accident. This investigation includes gathering witness testimony, any available CCTV footage and working with our team to determine who is at fault. Next, we file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for the chemical burn injuries.Chemical Burn Injuries That Occur at Work
A significant number of North Carolina residents work around dangerous chemicals. Employers have a legal duty to create a safe work environment for their employees. When employers allow employees to work in dangerous work conditions, they increase the likelihood that their employees will suffer severe chemical burns. If you suffered a chemical burn at work, our lawyers can help you file a proper workers’ compensation claim.
We can also negotiate with your employer’s insurance company to make sure that you receive the maximum possible workers’ compensation benefits. In some cases, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against a third party other than your employer. For example, if another person’s negligence caused your chemical burn injuries, you may have a valid legal claim against that person.Chemical Burn Injuries Caused by Dangerous Products
When a defective product designed caused your burn injuries, you may be able to bring a product’s liability lawsuit. The manufacturer of the product, the distributor, and the retailer of the product can be held liable for defective product designs. Additionally, if the manufacturer failed to include adequate warnings about the dangerous nature of the product, you may be able to file a lawsuit for your burn injuries. For example, if a vat of acid does not have any warning label attached to it, and you suffer chemical burns from the acid contacting your skin, you likely have a valid product liability lawsuit.Chemical Burns Caused by Someone Else’s Negligence
North Carolina law allows people who suffer chemical burns caused by another person’s negligence to file a lawsuit against the negligent person. Innocent chemical burn injury victims should not have to pay for their expensive medical treatment when someone else’s negligence caused their injuries. For example, when a drunk driver causes a car accident and another person receives chemical burns during the accident, the drunk driver is liable for the other person’s injuries.Why You Need a Lawyer After Suffering a Chemical Burn Injury
If you have suffered an injury from a chemical burn, you do not need to go through this alone. Many people injured by chemical burns do not realize that they may be entitled to compensation. Taking the time to speak with a skilled lawyer can help you understand whether or not you’re entitled to compensation. Receiving compensation for your medical expenses and lost work time could change the future for you and your family.
At Arnold & Smith, PLLC our skilled personal injury attorneys are here to help. We will fight for your right to compensation throughout the entire legal process. Contact our Charlotte personal injury law firm today to schedule your free case evaluation.