Burn injury accidents that occur in the home or the workplace can lead to burned, charred or collapsed lungs from inhaling smoke. Included in this category are things like second-hand smoke and heat inhalation. This is a dangerous part of the burn injury category.
After all, the inhalation of the toxic and harmful gasses during the burn is something that can linger well after the exposure to the initial heat wave.
Also, a survey done in 1997 by the National Fire Protection Association showed during their duties:
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And individual trades and industries are hot spots for inhaling smoke and fumes, including:
The building, house and water heater fire does not only kill people. So along with gas explosions, and electrical fires, these can cause smoke inhalation injuries. Of note, smoke inhalation victims often suffer severe skin burns in accidents that produce fire.
Also, smoke inhalation can cause severe health damage to the victim. And is not always detected quickly. When severe smoke inhalation goes undetected or untreated, it can have serious health effects.
Just Who Are the Most Vulnerable Groups to Smoke Inhalation?
Inhalation injuries can occur in three different types. And more than one hundred known toxic substances can be in smoke from fires. Naturally, suffering smoke inhalation is dangerous and can be deadly.
The signs of smoke inhalation may not appear for between 2 and 8 hours after exposure to smoke. Being in an enclosed area filled with smoke is a way to suffer smoke inhalation. Hence, even when there are not burns the lungs can get damaged.
Heat inhalation often happens in an enclosed area filled with chemical smoke. And symptoms occur between 2 and 48 hours after the exposure to the toxins in the smoke.
Treatment for heat inhalation of the victim starts with you moving them away from the area. So first you must get them to fresh air and providing oxygen. Mostly incubation is the treatment course. But this is only when there are early symptoms of upper airway obstruction. Of particular concern, between 6 and 24 hours, is when upper airway edema can be present.
And it is the earliest sign of damage from breathing hot air from smoke and fire. Suffering smoke inhalation caused by negligence is actionable. So this could be employers, defective products, or faulty equipment. But it could also be from another source of negligent actions.
And you may recover compensation. Did your family lose a loved one from negligent actions? Also, is your breadwinner out of commission? Now you can hold the negligent party responsible for getting an attorney.
Our burn injury lawyers have the experience and resources. And this is what is necessary to provide quality legal representation. Thus, you can protect your rights. Most of all, you can recover the compensation you deserve. But it is vital to consult a burn injury attorney immediately to get that justice you deserve.
Because the law limits the time you have to file a claim, you must act quickly. Contact ELFPI lawyers as soon as possible. Don't hesitate. Discuss your case and hold the negligent party responsible toll-free at (213) 596-9642.