Chemical fires can be very serious, and because of the inhalation of certain fumes, those who have been exposed to a chemical fire may suffer lifelong consequences. Chemical fires can happen in a wide range of scenarios and with all different types of hazardous chemicals. They can also happen on a larger scale and affect entire communities. For example, a chemical plant explosion in Texas in late 2019 displaced more than 50,000 individuals, forcing them to evacuate their homes. Chemical fires have also been known to result from agricultural chemicals, such as fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, and other toxic substances. As a result, farms and similar areas can be at high risk of chemical fires. In other cases, a chemical fire, burn, or injury may be an isolated incident that results from a product that is defective, even when used as instructed.
Anyone can be a victim of a chemical fire, but some people are more at risk than others, depending on the line of work they’re in. For example, firefighters responding to chemical fires may sustain injuries that can be more severe than inhaling fumes from other types of fires. In fact, it has been reported that many firefighters who were on the scene of chemical fires reported some of the following symptoms:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Throat irritation
- Persistent respiratory symptoms, including coughing and wheezing
Some of these common symptoms were immediate, and some firefighters reported having symptoms for at least one month after being exposed to chemical fires; some were still reporting symptoms after several months. In more serious cases, chemical fires can be fatal. It has been reported that approximately 250 Americans are killed each year due to chemical fires and spills.
Chemical fires can happen as a result of transporting or heating flammable or unstable chemicals. There are some precautions that can be taken to avoid chemical fires, such as securing them in dry locations, away from the home and any heat sources. Unfortunately, when the manufacturers’ recommendations and guidelines are not followed, combustion may result. In addition to improper storage and exposure to heat, chemical fires can also result from mixing certain chemicals together. It’s critical that anybody exposed to a chemical fire to try and get help as soon as possible; it is also recommended to have a plan in place for anybody who is regularly exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals. Having a fire emergency plan in place and knowing how to react in the event of a chemical fire is absolutely critical. For instance, attempting to put out a chemical fire with water can actually worsen the situation.
If the negligence of another caused a chemical fire, which then resulted in the death or injury of a loved one, you may be working with an attorney to seek justice on their behalf. If your chemical fire injury has resulted in a loss of income due to being out of work, your lawsuit may seek damages to recover that loss of income. You may also qualify to receive monetary compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.
Many chemical fire victims are depending on this settlement money to take care of bills and other expenses that have begun piling up, especially if they have been unable to work as a direct result of their injuries. If you are looking for ways to help while you wait, you’ve come to the right place. Contact USClaims today to learn more about pre-settlement funding, and to see if your case qualifies for a lawsuit advance.