For individuals that work in factories or in a variety of industries in which chemicals and other irritants are handled, it is not beyond the realm of possibility, if there is a spill, for an individual to experience an inhalation injury.
Inhalation injuries are injuries to the airways that are the result of breathing in, or inhaling, an irritant. There are numerous chemicals and fumes that are capable of irritating the airways and inflicting injuries. Some common ones include smoke, ammonia, chlorine, and a wide variety of other chemicals that are used in industry.
When an inhalation injury occurs, the severity of the injury can range from mild discomfort to extreme pain. As the level of pain experienced by the victim increases, so does the severity of the injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, the treatment necessary will vary. For the most severe inhalation injuries, a person may be required to spend a significant amount of time in the intensive care unit of a hospital. Minor inhalation injuries, on the other hand, can be treated in a person’s home or at a hospital but not requiring admittance into the hospital itself.
Irritating fumes that cause injuries to the airways can be inhaled in a variety of ways. One common way is through a chemical spill. This type of release of chemicals is commonly seen through a truck or train accident. Fumes can also be inhaled due to ineffective or insufficient safety warnings on a container. This is common for pool chemicals like chlorine.
If you have damaged your airways from inhaling something that was insufficiently marked as hazardous at home or in the workplace, contact a Lake Geneva personal injury lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss your situation and to determine your legal options.