When one thinks of fire-related injuries, they typically think of burn injuries. However, burns are not the most common cause of fire-related deaths. Instead, that title goes to smoke inhalation. It is a silent killer that can keep victims from finding their way to an exit, and it can cause asphyxiation that may ultimately result in serious injury or death. Learn more about this fire-related injury, including how to tell if you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for your losses, with help from the following information.
Smoke – A Swift and Silent Killer
In an enclosed space, fire depletes the air of oxygen and replaces it with toxins like smoke, soot, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and other gasses. In a matter of minutes, victims can begin to feel sluggish. Soon, they may start to experience dizziness and a loss of rational thought. If still unable to find a way out the victim may then lose consciousness. At this point, the victim likely needs immediate medical attention; failure to receive it may result in death. However, even with treatment, victims may suffer serious or permanent lung damage.
Situations That May Lead to Smoke Inhalation
Many situations can result in smoke inhalation, including car or automobile fires, house fires, electrical fires, defective equipment fires, apartment fires, and mobile home fires. It should be noted that some of these incidents (car accidents, electrical fires caused by a defective product, etc.) may be compensable through a personal injury case. Types of losses that victims may be able to recover in such situations may include:
- Loss of income,
- Temporary or permanent disability,
- Medical expenses,
- Burial expenses,
- Pain and suffering,
- Scarring or disfigurement,
- Loss of life, and
- Loss of vitality.
Because each case is unique, and the process for pursuing compensation is highly complex, victims are encouraged to seek legal assistance with a smoke inhalation or burn injury claim. Not only can this help to ensure their rights are protected, but it can also increase their chances of receiving full and fair compensation for any losses or injuries they have experienced.
Contact Our Green Bay Personal Injury Lawyers
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we understand the significant loss that families experience after a fire. Compassionate and experienced, our Green Bay personal injury lawyers can manage the legal aspects of your claim, giving you and your loved ones the time and space you need to grieve. Learn more about how we can assist with your case by scheduling a free initial consultation. Call our offices at 920-739-7366 today.