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Burns, Chemical Exposure, Environmental Poisoning


Burn injuries in North San Diego County and throughout Southern California can cause lifelong health problems, permanent disabilities, emotional distress, and pain and suffering for victims and often their families. Likewise, exposure to asbestos, mercury, oil spills, pesticides, ethylene glycol, lead, industrial chemicals and other hazardous chemical spills now threaten the lives of our families. These chemicals may leak into our food or water supply; other chemicals are present when there is sub-standard construction or protocol.

These substances cause serious health problems. For example, asbestos creates a condition known as asbestosis, scarring of the lung tissue, and mesothelioma, a form of cancer. Many of these chemicals are carcinogenic, meaning they can cause cancer.

If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, or other after chemical exposure, contact our team of North County personal injury attorneys so that we may find a way to compensate you for your harm. Call our North County Legal Center's Carlsbad office at 619-564-4455 for more information and case specific guidance.

FAQ's About Burns, Chemical Exposure, Environmental Poisoning


Q: Can first and second-degree burns cause complications?

A: Yes. First and second-degree burns carry the risk of causing an infection like Sepsis (an infection in the bloodstream) as a result of bacteria entering through the broken skin.

Q: What are common types of burn injuries in North San Diego County?

A: Burn injuries include chemical burns, extreme or excessive sun exposure, result from faulty ovens, stove, furnaces, microwaves, poor electrical wiring, poor building or home maintenance, scalding from hot liquids/foods, and more.

Q: How do chemicals enter the body?

A: In most cases chemical toxicity occurs through skin contact, ingestion, inhalation and eye contact.

Q: How is chemical toxicity measured in North San Diego County?

A: The toxicity of a substance varies from chemical to chemical, but largely depends on: how much of the substance is absorbed into the body, the chemical structure and the body's ability to eliminate the substance from the system.

Q: How long does it take for a toxic side effect to appear?

A: This will vary. Some side effects may appear immediately after initial exposure in North County or greater San Diego. Conversely, side effects may take several years to appear.

Q: What makes a chemical toxic?

A: Chemicals are toxic if they have the ability to cause harmful effects to the human body. Toxic effects can be visible (like a sore, burn or blister) or measured with a test (using a blood test, MRI, x-ray).

Q: Are pipeline markers always placed on top of the actual pipeline?

A: Pipeline markers in North San Diego County are used to show the approximate location of the pipeline and can't be relied on to show exact location.