Toxic Ammonia Exposure Lawyer

Ammonia is a versatile chemical with many uses in industry and agriculture.  Unfortunately, exposure to highly concentrated ammonia in the workplace or resulting from an accidental release could significantly impact your health.

If you believe you are suffering from symptoms related to ammonia exposure, contact a knowledgeable toxic chemical exposure attorney immediately. You might be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Obtaining damages for ammonia exposure requires a specific skill set. BG Law has a track record of successfully representing people who have suffered ammonia exposure injuries and winning compensation for their injuries.

Effects of Toxic Ammonia Exposure

Ammonia is classified as an “extremely hazardous” chemical by the Environmental Protection Agency. As a colorless gas, it is invisible and has a pungent, suffocating odor. Ammonia exposure can cause serious injuries including:

  • Burning of the eyes
  • Temporary blindness
  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Severe eye damage
  • Chemical burns
  • Blistering of the skin
  • Severe breathing difficulties
  • Severe burns
  • Death

Anyone experiencing such symptoms who believes they may have been exposed to toxic ammonia should contact a proactive attorney. An experienced legal professional could confirm the exposure and pursue financial recovery for the injuries.

Methods of Exposure to Toxic Ammonia

Household products often contain ammonia, including many oven, window, and floor cleaners. Pure ammonia is even available in some hardware stores.

Most household forms of ammonia are diluted and not as harmful as the concentrated or pure forms; however, even diluted ammonia could irritate the skin, mucus membranes, and respiratory systems. Though, the majority of exposures to dangerous levels of ammonia come through other means.

Workplace Exposure

Ammonia is a component of many fertilizers. Accordingly, workers in fertilizer production and agriculture are at risk for exposure to high concentrations of ammonia. Ammonia is also used as a refrigerant in food production operations. People who work in meatpacking and cold storage might come into contact with toxic ammonia levels. Thus, facilities utilizing ammonia are subject to numerous federal regulations that dictate the minimum requirements for its safe storage, handling, and maintenance.

Most workers who develop a health condition because of ammonia exposure in the workplace could make a claim under Worker’s Compensation. They could receive free medical care for conditions related to the exposure and collect a partial wage for the period they cannot work. Workers’ Compensation will also pay if the condition causes permanent disability.

A toxic ammonia exposure attorney from BG Law could help an employee pursue their rights under the Worker’s Compensation program. Farm laborers and employees of small companies who do not have Worker’s Compensation coverage could sue their employers for exposure to ammonia. In addition, our team of skilled legal professionals could investigate whether any parties besides the employer might be liable for the ammonia exposure. If so, any worker could sue those parties for damages in civil court.

Accidental Release

The public might encounter toxic levels of ammonia under many different circumstances. A tanker truck carrying ammonia might crash and release its cargo. Similarly, if ammonia is transported by rail, a train crash or derailment could result in an accidental release.

Sometimes explosions or fires in industrial plants or warehouses release ammonia gas. When ammonia burns, it releases nitrogen oxides which are also harmful lung irritants. Additionally, when ammonia contacts water, it may form a poisonous cloud.

Anyone who experiences symptoms from an accidental ammonia release should contact a lawyer immediately. The injured person could seek financial payments from the parties whose negligence caused the exposure.

Determining Liability for an Ammonia Exposure

When you have been injured by an ammonia release, you need dedicated legal counsel who can properly investigate all relevant factors to determine whether it was caused by negligence. Those factors include but are not limited to the following:

  • Federal thresholds for anhydrous ammonia and the facility’s classification
  • Whether the facility is subject to and compliant with Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements
  • Whether the facility utilized an Ammonia Refrigeration Management (ARM) plan and was compliant with the same
  • Whether the facility was compliant with Recognized And Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP)
  • Standard Operating Procedures utilized at the facility and whether those procedures are in line with industry standards
  • Education and training of all personnel responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ammonia system
  • The calibration and functionality of all components including compressors, condensers, evaporators, variable fan drives, line sets, cutouts, and safety relief valves

BG Law has a proven track record of success in ammonia release cases. To put our knowledge and experience to work for you, contact us today.

Timeframes for Legal Action

Depending on the circumstances of a person’s exposure to toxic ammonia, they could have little time to bring a lawsuit seeking compensation. For example, when a worker develops an occupational illness, they must notify their employer within 30 days of diagnosis, or they might lose their right to file a Worker’s Compensation claim. A worker experiencing symptoms should not delay seeking medical treatment. The sooner they receive a diagnosis, the sooner they could start receiving benefits.

Missouri Revised Statutes § 516.120(4) allows someone five years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit seeking damages, while Kansas Statutes Annotated § 60-513 gives injured people only two years. Unfortunately, it is not always apparent immediately that toxic exposure caused an injury. In addition, a shorter timeframe might apply if the injured person’s attorney intends to sue the product manufacturer.

As soon as you suspect your symptoms may be related to toxic ammonia exposure, schedule a consultation with our diligent team.

Call a Toxic Ammonia Exposure Attorney Today

The effects of toxic ammonia exposure could greatly impact your ability to work and enjoy life. If someone else’s careless handling of this dangerous substance left you injured, you deserve compensation.

A toxic ammonia exposure lawyer at BG Law understand how to win these complicated cases. Call today to get our team of seasoned attorneys on your side.

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