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What You Should Know About Workplace Chemical Burns

December 30th, 2020 at 10:42 pm

IL job injury lawyer, IL workers comp attorneyOn industrial sites and in other workplaces throughout the country, workers use a wide range of strong chemicals and other materials in the course of performing their job duties. Some of these chemicals are mostly safe, but others can be extremely dangerous. Caustic chemicals can cause serious burns, and if you have suffered workplace chemical burns, you should understand the rights you may have to benefits under the Illinois workers’ compensation system.

Dangerous Substances

Chemicals that have the ability to cause burns are most often strong acids and bases. You might even find versions of such chemicals in your own home, such as chlorine bleach, drain cleaning gels and liquids, and ammonia. In industrial and manufacturing settings, however, the concentration of these chemicals is often much stronger than the household versions, and many other chemicals are generally used as well.

When a corrosive or caustic chemical contacts your skin, the chemical could start to damage the flesh almost immediately. The seriousness of the burn will depend on factors such as the type of chemical, its concentration, and how long it was on your skin. A “superficial” chemical burn is a burn that affects only the top layer of your skin. A “dermal” or “partial thickness” injury is a burn that damages the dermis—your second layer of skin. “Full-thickness” burns cause damage to the first two skin layers and the subcutaneous tissue underneath.

Treatment for Chemical Burns

When you suffer a chemical burn, first aid is extremely important. Before the burn itself can be treated, you need to get the chemical off the skin. This also means removing any clothing, jewelry, equipment, or anything else that might have the chemical on it. Then, the burn should be gently flushed with cool running water for a minimum of 10 minutes. If the burn covers a large area or multiple areas, a cool shower may be best. If first aid seems to be enough, you can manage mild swelling and pain with anti-inflammatory drugs such as Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve.

If your burn happened at work, your best option is to seek professional medical care so that the extent of the burn can be fully evaluated. Then, you should notify your employer about the situation so that your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits is fully protected.

Call a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

When you suffer a chemical burn at work, the costs of your treatment should be covered under workers’ compensation. You should also be eligible for wage benefits if your burn causes you to miss time. Other benefits may also be available. To learn more, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Call 630-574-2288 for a free consultation regarding your case today.





Pepper Spray Cop Seeks Workers Compensation

October 23rd, 2013 at 3:01 pm

In 2011, police around America made headlines due to their what some have called brutal response to protestors associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Occupy Wall Street was started as a response to corrupt financial institutions that had a large hand in causing the financial crisis of 2008 but which had, as of 2011, not faced any punitive consequence. One now infamous moment of the protests occurred between a group of protesters on the University of California Davis campus and a police armed with pepper spray. According to a 2011 Huffington Post article, “videos show the students seated on the ground as a UC Davis police officer brandishes a red canister of pepper spray, showing it off for the crows before dousing the seated students in a heavy, thick mist.” It wasn’t the first time in the Occupy protests that officials came under fire for heavy-handed tactics—earlier videos showed New York City Police pepper spraying “several women who were seated and penned in.” One woman involved in the UC Davis incident, according to the Huffington Post, “was transported to a hospital to be treated for chemical burns.” Pepper Spray Cop Seeks Workers’ Comp IMAGE

If anyone should receive compensation for this incident, one would think the students would have a case. Yet according to ABC News the police officer showed spraying a group of seated students, John Pike, earlier this year was seeking a workers compensation settlement, “claiming the incident left him psychologically injured.” Pike was fired from the campus in 2012, “following an internal affairs investigation.” The claim he filed fell into the “nervous system—psychiatric” category, according to ABC.

Workers compensation claims among police officers, given the nature of the job, are common. In 2011, Oregon Health and Science University researchers launched a study in an effort to help bring down the number of workers compensation claims among police officers in Portland. This was meant to “help reduce overall health care benefit costs,” according to BusinessInsurance.com.

If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, or are dealing with psychological damage because of an incident that happened at work, you could be eligible for compensation. Don’t go through it alone. Contact an Illinois workers compensation attorney today.

Four Injured In Illinois Oil Field Explosion

October 13th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Four people were injured in a barrel tank explosion caused by welding in White County, Illinois. Three of the injured were injured seriously. Courierpress reported a story about the accident.

The injured, Shane Farris, John Sullivan, Brandon Hooper, and Jason Parr, were filling a 210 barrel tank in preparation for a “frac job” when a leak occurred. “They apparently didn’t vent the tank before Shane started welding on it, and it exploded,” said Sonny McCulley, father-in-law of Brandon Hooper.

Hooper, 28, was within 10 feet of the explosion, but luckily he had his back to the blast. He got burns on his hands, elbows, back, and stomach.

McCulley said that the welder was completely in flames, but Hooper and the others were able put them out. Hooper then drove all of the men to Norris City where ambulances and helicopters met them.

Farris and Parr were taken to the burn unit of a hospital in Kentucky and Sullivan to Barnes Hospital at St. Louis. Hooper received treatment and was released from Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois.

McCulley called Hooper a lucky man, but with burned hands, Hooper will not be able to work until his burns have healed. The three other men were burnt worse, so they will have to stay off work for even longer. If you end up injured while at work, be sure to find out if you are eligible for worker’s compensation. An experienced worker’s compensation attorney can help you with your case, so do not hesitate. Contact a skilled Chicago worker’s compensation attorney today.

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