When you think of chlorine, your first impression is of swimming pools. But did you know that chlorine can be used in many of the chemical cleaners you use at home? Not only is chlorine found in various products, but high concentrations of this chemical can be extremely dangerous. It can make you very sick and a severe burn can lead to death. If you’ve been exposed to chlorine gas, you’ll need the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
For more than 35 years, Anthony Carbone has been an aggressive advocate for victims’ rights. Our chlorine gas exposure lawyer will fight to make sure you get the compensation that you deserve.
What is Chlorine?
Chlorine is one of the most common chemicals produced in the United States, used for a variety of industrial and household purposes including:
- Cleaning products, such as disinfectants, detergents, bleach, etc.
- Water disinfection.
- Manufacturing processes, such as rubber, paper, and cloth.
Usually, chlorine presents as a yellow-green gas accompanied by a noxious smell. It can also be stored and transported as a liquid.
What Are the Health Risks of Chlorine Gas Exposure?
If chlorine is released into the area, it becomes a fast-moving gas that hovers close to the ground. Chlorine interacts with water in the body to produce harmful acids, potentially causing serious health problems to bodily systems such as:
- Eyes: Stinging, watering, and blurry vision.
- Digestive: Nausea and vomiting.
- Skin: Burning sensation accompanied by redness and blistering, causing a chemical burn.
- Lungs: Minor symptoms can include a cough and burning in the nose and throat; severe symptoms might include trouble breathing or fluid developing in the lungs.
Though chlorine itself isn’t flammable, the gas can interact with other compounds and potentially cause an explosion. Explosion injuries have their own set of serious symptoms, from severe burns to injuries sustained from being thrown around by concussive force.
If you spend little time around the chlorine gas, the effects are just temporary. But if you are constantly using the product, such as a swimmer who spends a lot of time in the pool, there can be many long-term serious health risks involved. You can experience lung problems, tooth corrosion, and even cancer. In fact, a health expert recently said that chlorine exposure is giving children asthma.
If You’ve Been Exposed to Chlorine
The most important first steps after coming into contact with chlorine are:
- Leave the contaminated area.
- Discard clothes that might have been exposed to chlorine.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
After you’ve received treatment, our New Jersey chlorine gas exposure lawyer can assess your case and begin building a strong claim on your behalf. Attorney Carbone will aggressively fight for your rights against the party responsible for exposing you to chlorine. You might be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills.
- Rehabilitation and ongoing treatment expenses, if the chemical leads to long-term health issues.
- Lost wages.
- Impaired earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering.
If the court believes you were exposed to chlorine due to gross negligence or malicious disregard for your safety, you might also be awarded punitive damages.
To learn more about how our Jersey City chlorine gas exposure lawyer can help you seek compensation for injuries sustained after exposure to chlorine, please contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone or call 201-963-6000 today to schedule a free evaluation of your case.