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Chlorine Exposure Injury

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Chlorine is used in several heavy industrial applications and a number of regular household consumer products. People often face chlorine exposure in acute, small doses around swimming pools or household products, or workers in certain industries may be occupationally exposed in pesticide plants, rail accidents, spills, or other dangerous work-related circumstances.

In recent years, work accidents have caused serious injuries when chlorine was leaked or spilled, and when other industrial chemicals were improperly mixed. Janitors, maintenance crews and housekeepers have been exposed on smaller scales when they unknowingly mix household chemicals with bleach or swimming pool disinfectants.

Chlorine is sometimes stored in tanks in a gas form, which can be pressurized and cooled and changed into a liquid to be shipped and stored. When liquid chlorine is released, it quickly turns into a gas that may spread rapidly. Acute chlorine exposure can result in serious injuries and long-term complications.

Severely affected individuals may suffer acute lung injury (ALI) or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Up to one percent of exposed individuals die. Some symptoms of related acute airway obstruction include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, nausea and vomiting.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Toxic Tort Lawyer and Workplace Injury Attorney, representing plaintiffs nationwide in chlorine exposure injury cases and a wide variety of civil litigation claims.

Chlorine Exposure Injury

Chlorine is one of the most commonly manufactured chemicals in the United States, used in bleach and cleaning agents, in the manufacture of paper products, and used to make pesticides, rubber, and solvents. Chlorine is used in drinking water and swimming pools to kill bacteria, and also used in industrial waste and sewage plants.

Chlorine gas can be recognized by a pungent, irritating odor, like the odor of bleach. The strong smell may provide a warning to people that they are exposed. The risk of exposure depends on proximity to a specific chlorine release. Household chlorine bleach can release chlorine gas if it is mixed with certain other cleaning agents. If chlorine gas is released, people may be exposed through inhalation, skin contact or eye contact.

Symptoms of Chlorine Exposure Injury

The severity of poisoning caused by chlorine depends on the amount of chlorine a person is exposed to, how the person was exposed, and duration of exposure. If chlorine gas makes contact with moist tissues such as the eyes, throat, and lungs, damage to these tissues is likely.

Chlorine exposure injury can include pulmonary edema, skin damage, and central nervous system disturbances. Immediate signs and symptoms of chlorine exposure may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Burning, redness, and blisters on skin
  • Burning sensation in the nose, throat, and eyes
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fluid in the lungs
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing
  • Headache


Workplace Chlorine Exposure Injury

In cases of chlorine spills or leaks, leave the area where the chlorine was released. If the chlorine release is indoors, leave the building. If the chlorine release is outdoors, move to the highest ground possible, as chlorine gas will sink to low-lying areas.

If you may have been exposed, remove your clothing, wash your entire body with soap and water, and seek medical care. Clothing with liquid chlorine on it should be cut from the body instead of pulled over the head. When helping other people remove their clothing, try to avoid touching any contaminated areas.

If your eyes are burning or your vision is blurred, rinse the eyes with water for 10 to 15 minutes. If you wear contacts, remove them before rinsing your eyes. Do not put the contacts back in your eyes. If you have ingested chlorine, do not induce vomiting or drink fluids. Seek medical attention right away. Treatment consists of removing the chlorine from the body as soon as possible and providing breathing treatment measures.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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Questions about Chlorine Exposure

Can I file a Chlorine Exposure Lawsuit?

If you have been injured due to chlorine exposure with a household chemical or at the workplace, contact an attorney to investigate your case. You may be able to file a product liability or employer negligence lawsuit. 

what products contain chlorine?

Chlorine is commonly used in many products used for cleaning and disinfecting, as well as solvents, paints, dyes, and other industrial additives. 

what are the symptoms of chemical inhalation?

Headaches, coughing, wheezing, and irritation of the eyes and skin are common when people are exposed to toxic chemical fumes. 

what happens when you inhale too much bleach?

Inhaling a large amount of chlorine gas can be extremely dangerous, and can lead to short-term lung  injury or even death. 

can chlorine hurt your lungs?

Yes, chlorine in a concentrated solution is very toxic and precautions should be used when handling any product with chlorine. Acute lung injury is possible with even a short duration of chlorine gas exposure. 

Toxic Exposure Settlements

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to a defective product or recalled product to obtain just compensation under the law. 


(Hamilton County, Ohio): Confidential Settlement. Lead Counsel in a case that involved secondary lead exposure to two children. Their father worked at a local recycling plant that routinely recycled computer equipment. The company violated numerous OSHA regulations related to providing safety equipment and clothing to prevent lead particles from being transferred home. As a result, the Plaintiffs father transferred lead dust to his children who then suffered lead poisoning. The case was covered extensively by the Cincinnati news media and referenced in peer-reviewed medical literature. The settlement will provide educational needs to the children who suffered neurological injuries due the exposure.