While most people would know how to treat regular burns, treating chemical burns is a very different proposition. If you take the wrong action, the burns could be made worse. Chemical burns should not be treated at home or work – instead, proper medical attention is required. Even a minor burn could develop into a far more serious one if the chemical involved continues to burn through the skin.
Facial burns and those that occur to the hands and arms are among the more common types of chemical burns seen by medical professionals. However, burns to any area of the body can typically occur. A lot depends on the nature of the accident and how it occurred, not to mention how much of the chemical was involved. For example, it could range from a splash to a large quantity of liquid.
Only professionals should be treating chemical burns
The strength, amount and type of chemical involved will help determine the course of action taken when professionals are confronted by chemical burns. This is why it is imperative for medical experts to assess the burns so they can decide on the best course of treatment.
Some people may feel the burn they have is so small, it is not worth getting it seen to. However, while splashing hot water on yourself will result in the water swiftly cooling down, unable to cause more damage, this is not the case with chemical burns. They have the power to continue worsening, leading to potentially more serious damage than might otherwise have been the case.
How were your chemical burns caused?
While these burns can occur in the home, some workplaces may also use chemicals in some way. If this is the case, proper measures must be in place to prevent chemical burns from occurring. If you were injured by a chemical burn at work, and you think it could have easily been prevented, it is well worth contacting someone to discuss what happened.
Once you have received medical attention, you should think about getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. We have taken calls from people in similar situations before, and we may be able to assist and advise you as well. We have lawyers who have handled cases just like yours, and if they can help you, we’ll soon be able to let you know.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Chemical injury claims