CHEMICAL INJURIES, BURNS ON THE RISE FROM COVID-19 CLEANINGS
During this national emergency and worldwide pandemic offices and homes have been beset by a cleaning frenzy. Many of the chemical products used to clean and disinfect surfaces (door handles, floors, counter tops, etc.) can be dangerous if a person’s skin, mouth, or eyes are exposed directly to the chemical substance. Special care must be taken to use these types of products only as instructed and to ensure that others are not in the immediate vicinity when the product is in use. In short, it’s important to follow the rules.
Sometimes large commercial cleaning companies hire inexperienced workers to handle commercial cleaning, disinfection, and deodorization. Companies like Jan-Pro and others advertise special COVID-19 cleaning to businesses all over the country. These services are obviously very useful but can be very harmful when not performed up to standard.
GETTING SPRAYED IN THE FACE — NOT PROPER PROTOCOL
Consider this example: A warehouse employee is working diligently late in her office one night when a commercial cleaner comes in with his earbuds in listening to music – thinking all the staff are gone. He starts fanning a special chemical out of a Sci-Fi looking spray gun to disinfect the whole office area. As he turns the corner spraying the chemical mist everywhere, his path takes him directly in front of the warehouse employee who was looking down at her paperwork unaware. Distracted and tuned out, he sprays the chemical directly into the face of the warehouse employee. He realizes when it’s too late of course that he just sprayed a human being in the face with a chemical. The warehouse employee is now blind and can no longer perform her job anymore. A letter of apology just isn’t going to cut it.
Yes, serious injuries like this happen more often than you would think.
What can the warehouse employee do? Who pays her medical bills and future lost wages?
COMMERCIAL CLEANING COMPANIES HAVE INSURANCE COVERAGE
Hire The Matassini Law Firm, a family-owned Tampa Bay personal injury law firm, to hold accountable all possible at-fault parties. Serious injuries often result in substantial medical bills. Exploring all avenues of insurance coverage will help ensure the victim achieves just compensation for chemical burn injuries.
Commercial cleaning negligence can leave a victim blind, disfigured, and scarred permanently. These companies proudly claim that their disinfectants use medical-grade disinfection, eliminating over 99.99% of bacteria and viruses. They claim this includes dangerous bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, common viruses like the cold and flu, and disinfectant-resistant pathogens like MRSA. Yet at the time same time, many companies claim the disinfectant used in their cleaning systems are gentle on people and the environment. Some claim their disinfectant carries the EPA’s highest grade for safety and non-toxicity. Yet, hospitalizations for burns and eye trauma are on the rise.
Contact The Matassini Law Firm if you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a cleaning chemical. Visit our website for a free confidential evaluation of your claim.