An employee who mixed muriatic acid with chlorine at a local resort has led to one child being sent to the hospital, and two other suffering sickness. According to the Panama City News Herald, a spokesperson for the Edgemont Beach and Golf Resort claimed that this was an accident and it is not his company's standard procedure to mix the two chemicals together. He claims that only a small amount was inadvertently mixed by the employee. The resort's pool room was closed for more than an hour on Thursday, and the public was prevented from entering the area.
Further, other news sources have reported that the Bay County Director of Emergency Services has suggested that several people have been sickened by this chemical accident. If you or a family member has experienced a similar incident, you should consult with a Panama City injury attorney to discuss your case. Our firm represents victims who have been injured due to various circumstances, including toxic chemical exposure.
Being exposed to toxic chemicals is not to be taken lightly. In fact, toxins have been associated with causing damage to multiple organs, including the kidneys and liver systems. Moreover, muriatic acid, which is commonly known as hydrochloric acid, is a poisonous substance and can produce death if inhaled or ingested. Depending upon the amount ingested orally, victims can experience a shortness of breath, fever, vomiting, rapid drop in blood pressure, among other symptoms. Also, when inhaled, pulmonary edema, respiratory tract inflammation and infection may be experienced.
Hazardous chemical litigation and dispute resolution may get very technical and complex. If seeking legal accountability for the injuries it is important to have professional help from one who understands these particular issues.
As with all incidents involving personal injury, it is important for those hurt in these sorts of accidents not to delay in visiting legal professionals. This kind of litigation is time specific and the law requires that you must file a lawsuit against the wrongdoer within a certain period of time, or else forfeit your right to sue. Our firm's Panama City hazardous chemical lawyers are here to review your case with you and discuss the best legal strategy to pursue to recover compensation for your injuries.
In most cases the law will hinge on the conduct of the resort employees in creating the dangerous toxic situation in the first place as well as their response to the situation to keep customers safe. It is hard to imagine how this sort of situation could occur without some form of negligence, as dangerous chemical mixtures in this setting rarely occur spontaneously without some oversight or unreasonable conduct. In that way, those hurt by the negligence may be able to recover for the harm suffered as a result of the incident.
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