Chemical and Electrical Burns
Electrical and chemical burns can cause painful and lasting injuries. Atlanta chemical and electrical burns attorney James Ponton is here to help you and your family get the compensation that you deserve for the burns you have suffered. Please contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507.
Treating Electrical Burns
The first thing to remember is that your own safety is important. Ensure that the injured person is not still in contact with the source of electricity. Electrical shocks can cause more damage than just burns, so it is always important to dial 911 and get professional medical help as quickly as possible.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that you do the following while you are waiting for medical help:
- Turn off the source of electricity if possible. If not, move the source away from both you and the injured person using a dry, nonconducting object made of cardboard, plastic or wood.
- Begin CPR if the person shows no signs of circulation, such as breathing, coughing or movement.
- Try to prevent the injured person from becoming chilled.
- Cover any burned areas with a sterile gauze bandage, if available, or a clean cloth. Don't use a blanket or towel, because loose fibers can stick to the burns
Treating Chemical Burns
As with electrical burns, it is important to seek immediate medical attention for chemical burns. The Mayo Clinic suggests taking the following actions if you are helping someone who is suffering from a chemical burn:
- Remove the chemical causing the burn while protecting yourself. For dry chemicals, brush off any remaining material. Wear gloves or use a towel or other suitable object, such as a brush.
- Remove contaminated clothing or jewelry to prevent further burning.
- Rinse the burn immediately. Run a gentle, steady stream of cool tap water over the burn for 10 or more minutes. A shower may be an effective way to do this. Always protect your eyes.
- Loosely apply a bandage or gauze.
Negligence of Employer
Electrical and chemical burns often take place on construction sites or in factories. Employers have a duty to do their best to keep their employees as safe as possible. When employees are asked to work with dangerous elements, such as electricity or chemicals, the employer must provide safety equipment and training.
Furthermore, the employer must be prepared to respond to emergencies. For example, where dangerous chemicals are being used, the employer should provide a chemical detox system (such a detox shower) that is readily available to employees in the event of an emergency.
Call Atlanta chemical and electrical burns attorney James Ponton to discuss any injuries you may have suffered on the job. Employers should not put profits before the safety of employees. Contact us today if you or a loved one has been burned by electricity or chemicals while on the job.
Contacting Ponton Law
Atlanta chemical and electrical burns attorney James Ponton’s practice focuses on helping the injured get the compensation that they deserve. James Ponton has years of experience working with families who have suffered because of the negligence of others. Let James Ponton fight for you, call 404-418-8507 today.