Nearly a century ago, phosgene was used as a chemical warfare agent in World War I. These days phosgene is widely used for what is called a chemical intermediate – used primarily in preparation of a number of organic chemicals, especially when it comes to pharmaceuticals, insecticides and some polymers.
Because of safety concerns, companies using phosgene in their production process will take strong measures in order to contain its toxic gas. However, even with high precautions, employees working in this environment are not always protected from the risk of exposure and inhalation. Fighting for compensation for damages and injuries due to inhalation injuries while on the job can be complicated. If you or someone you love have suffered an injury due to phosgene, our experienced San Antonio phosgene inhalation injury attorney can provide aggressive representation for your case.
What is Phosgene?
As one could probably guess from its use as a chemical weapon once upon a time, phosgene is an extremely toxic gas. In almost all cases of exposure, phosgene is inhaled, since it is a gas at room temperature. The gas has an odor that has been described as similar to “wet hay,” but it sometimes sneaks up on its victim before the odor is even noticed. That is why most workers toiling around the chemical, wear phosgene detection badges to keep themselves and other workers safe. Breathing in even a small amount of phosgene has been known to cause terrible and long-lasting damage to the human body.
Affects of Phosgene
- Eye Irritation
- Skin Irritation and burning
- Fluid buildup in the lungs (pulmonary edema)
- Destruction of lung tissue (emphysema)
In some cases, exposure to Phosgene can result in wrongful death. While it is possible for those who endure long-term chronic inhalation exposure to phosgene to develop a bit of a tolerance to the chemical, such exposures can also result in irreversible pulmonary damage, including chronic emphysema and fibrosis.
Among the initial symptoms of phosgene exposure include a possible fluid buildup in the lung – If that doesn’t happen, recovery is more likely. Some people who are exposed to phosgene however, may be more sensitive to airborne irritants. They may also be at greater risk for lung infections, or even reactive airway dysfunction syndrome (RADS).
Contact a San Antonio Inhalation Attorney
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or wrongful death due to exposure of phosgene while on-the-job, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Our personal injury lawyers in San Antonio can provide aggressive representation to assure you receive the compensation you deserve. Call our office today for questions or a free case evaluation, (210) 960-3939.