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Railroad Accident Attorney

  • Railroad accidents can have serious effects on the surrounding people and environment.  When a train leaks chemicals, it poses a potentially harmful, and even deadly risk to people in close proximity to the chemicals.

    One very dangerous chemical is Chlorine Gas.  This has recently been found to have leaked out of railroad cars here in Lafayette, near Walker Rd.

    Below is more information on Chlorine Gas.

    Chlorine Gas is extremely harmful and can even be deadly.  Sometimes Chlorine Gas can be released into a city because if a railroad accident or other industrial accident.

    Important Facts:
    Chlorine gas has been used by insurgents in Iraq in
    combination with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
    Most people exposed to chlorine gas make a complete
    recovery; however, severe exposures can result in death
    or permanent damage to the lungs and difficulty breathing.
    What is chlorine and how is it used?
    Chlorine is a yellow-green gas at room temperature. It
    changes to liquid when under pressure – for example in
    compressed gas cylinders. Chlorine gas is heavier than air
    and has a strong irritating odor like bleach. We are able to
    smell chlorine at levels much lower than those levels
    considered harmful.
    Chlorine is widely used in industry (notably in paper mills and
    chemical manufacturing plants), for disinfecting drinking water
    and swimming pools, and in household bleach. When used
    properly and at appropriate levels, chlorine is a safe and
    effective disinfectant.
    How can chlorine gas exposure occur?
    Most major occurrences of chlorine gas exposure have
    occurred as a result of the release of “bulk” chlorine, for
    example in road or rail accidents involving chlorine gas tanks,
    or following damage to industrial facilities. Chlorine is an
    important toxic industrial chemical (TIC) because it has been
    intentionally used as a weapon during World War I and in IED
    detonations in Iraq. Chlorine gas or other caustic chlorine
    compounds may also be released at dangerous levels in the
    household following the mixing of bleach with ammonia or
    acids.
    What are possible immediate effects of exposure to
    chlorine gas?
    Chlorine gas is irritating and corrosive to the airways, eyes,
    and skin.
    The effects of chlorine gas exposure to your health
    depends on how long you were exposed, the amount you were
    exposed, how it enters or impacts your body, and your body’s
    response to the chlorine.
    Relatively low levels of chlorine gas can cause sore throat, coughing, and eye and skin irritation, while higher levels can cause burning of the eyes and skin, nausea, temporary blindiness, difficulty breathing, and chest
    pain. At high enough levels, chlorine gas can cause immediate collapse and death. What can I do to limit or reduce exposure to chlorine
    gas?
    Emergency measures to limit exposure include rapidly moving
    as far away from the gas as possible.

DON'T DELAY! YOU MAY HAVE A VALID CLAIM AND BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INJURIES, BUT A LAWSUIT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS EXPIRES.