After suffering from severe chemical burns which could have been a fatal accident Mrs P decided to make a case for claiming compensation with the help of Michael Lewin Solicitors in Leeds.

Mrs P was working with chemicals when her accident occurred. She burned herself on the chemical and sustained a serious chemical burn injury

Chemical burnsusually occur as a result of exposure to acid alkaline or petroleum products. Alkali burns do have a tendency to burn deeper and be more serious than acid burns as it is a much harsher chemical to get on the skin. If skin does come into contact with a chemical it is recommended that you flush the skin for at least 30 minutes in order to totally get rid of the chemical for alkali burns the recommended time is longer.

If chemicals are to come into contact with the eye it is recommended that you bathe your eyes immediately in fresh water. If alkali has entered the eye continuous irrigation is recommended for the first eight hours after the accident happening. If the chemical is in powder from it must be brushed away before irrigation begins otherwise it will just dilute in the water and make the situation worse.

If you have had a near fatal accident and you think you are entitled to compensation speak to the experts at Michael Lewin in Leeds. A skin burn with a chemical does not sound like it could be life threatening but there are all sorts of complications that can happen if chemicals enter the blood stream. Victims can suffer respiratory distress and even failure if they have a severe chest burn. They can also suffer from fluid loss shock and hypovolaemia. Sometimes renal damage and haemoglobinuria occurs.

Burns can be incredibly serious if the chemical gets into the bloodstream or the person has a bad reaction to the chemical. If the chemical does enter the blood stream the results could quite easily be fatal. This is why it is so important that employers follow all the health and safety laws if their employees are handling chemicals.

Employers should ensure that all their employees have received the appropriate training about the handling storage and usage of chemicals; a level of competency must be visible in order for employees to work unsupervised. Employers must also provide employees free of charge with all the necessary safety equipment in order for them to do their job without coming to harm.

If you have had a near fatal accident due to your employers negligence and you want to make a claim for compensation call Michael Lewin Solicitors in Leeds on: 0844 499 9302.

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