Georgia Chemical Exposure Burn Accident Injuries


February 20, 2013

Chemical exposure burn accidents in the workplace in Georgia can leave a person severely injured or even disfigured.

Exposure to chemicals whether over a prolonged period or an instantaneous explosion can cause caustic burns, lesions, loss of feeling in the injured area and even wrongful death.

When someone is injured on the job in a chemical exposure accident, they normally file a workers' compensation claim. Many employees discover that workers' compensation benefits are insufficient to fully compensate the chemical burn victim and victim’s family. In many cases, a third party liability claim against other liable parties can also be filed with the help of an experienced attorney, which can help a person to recover more extensive damages in a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

Unlike a workers’ compensation claim that provides financial recovery unrelated to fault by one’s employer, third party claims require that a responsible party be identified whose negligent conduct contributed to the chemical accident. These types of accidents can be a result of negligence on the part of a supervisor, OSHA violations, mistakes made by co-workers, defective or unsafe products, or just unsafe conditions on the premises.

Claims that are made when someone is injured by a toxic chemical substance are called toxic tort claims. When establishing a case for a toxic tort claim, it is important for an attorney to determine the exact cause of the exposure and how the exposure occurred. Chemical exposure can develop over a long period of time. If this is the case, then the exposure might have caused a lot of significant long-term damage. Some accidents occur, and there is an instantaneous exposure or one that occurs over a short period of time.

Toxicity is a measure of how much harm a substance can cause. Toxic substances can take many different forms. They can be a liquid, dust, vapor, fumes, fibers, solids or gases. The way these chemicals get into the body can be through breathing them in, through swallowing them, through exposing open sores to them, through the eyes or through skin contact.

It may not be apparent to a person that they have been exposed to harmful chemical substances until they start experiencing symptoms or problems months or years later. This makes bringing a case against those responsible for the exposure a bit more challenging as much of the evidence may have disappeared or the environment may have changed dramatically. It is important to have a Georgia toxic tort attorney on board to conduct a thorough investigation and build a successful strategy.

If you have suffered serious injuries due to chemical exposure, contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our Georgia workers' compenstaion and chemical exposure attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


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