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Smoke Inhalation Claim: UK lawyer explains how to claim for breathing difficulties from smoke inhalation with examples of average compensation payouts
Smoke inhalation claim: discover the dangers of smoke inhalation; the types of condition you can suffer from toxic fumes; the amounts of compensation for smoke inhalation claims with free online specialist solicitor assistance.
What is a smoke inhalation claim?
You might experience smoke inhalation due to the negligence of another, such as: an employer (in a work accident or as a fire fighter without correct breathing protection), a vehicle driver (as in a road traffic accident - such as the smoke produced when petrol catches fire in a car accident) or of a landlord (a house fire could have been caused as a result of a landlord’s negligence by not providing requisite fire safety furnishings).
If you do suffer injury to your chest and lungs as a result of the toxic fumes produced by smoke – you might be entitled to a smoke inhalation claim for compensation from the person the law holds legally at fault.
What are the dangers of smoke inhalation?
The number one cause of death related to fires is not burns, but smoke inhalation.
Smoke inhalation claim
Smoke is a mixture of hot particles, gases and fumes and is produced from a number of materials burning – these might be plastics, soft furnishings, wood, fabrics, etc. Not only are many of these particles irritants and carcinogens they are also extremely hot and are harmful to your lungs. The exact content of smoke in a fire is difficult to predict – but invariably extensive smoke inhalation will cause you injury to some degree and could give rise to a smoke inhalation claim..
Examples of the damage you might suffer from smoke inhalation, include:
1. Oedema smoke inhalation
The cells that line your throat and mouth can be damaged by the heat of the smoke, which can cause a build-up of fluids in your airways leading to obstructions and pain when breathing – this is known as oedema.
The worst symptoms forming part of smoke inhalation claims can develop after 24 hours of your smoke inhalation and symptoms include: a sore throat, coughing, wheezing, production of mucus and phlegm. Without oxygen and other respiratory support – you could die.
2. Asphyxia from smoke inhalation
Asphyxia – is the restriction or deprivation in the supply of oxygen to your body and can lead to death by suffocation.
Smoke inhalation can cause the smaller airways deep inside your lungs to become blocked and the cilia that line the airways can be damaged so as to cease to function. Cilia are the little hairs used to take contaminants out of the air you breath so their function is essential.
If breathing becomes progressively difficult you will try to breath faster, your lips and fingertips will begin to turn blue (become cyanosed) and you will become confused and lose consciousness.
2. Pneumonia smoke inhalation claims
Physical and chemical irritants in smoke can lead to an inflammation of your lungs known as pneumonia.
3. Carbon monoxide poisoning smoke inhalation claims
Carbon monoxide can poison your blood – a sign of CO poisoning is when your lips turn bright red.
4. Cancer from smoke inhalation
Smoke can contain harmful carcinogenic chemicals, such as dioxins, which can damage your cells and lead to smoke inhalation lung cancer claims.
If old buildings or factories burn – asbestos fibres could be released and are known to be carcinogenic (cancer producing)..
5. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - ARDS
A smoke inhalation claim from an inflammation of your lungs known as acute respiratory distress syndrome can develop from smoke inhalation causing breathlessness – you might need the assistance of a ventilator to breath freely.
6. Cerebral Hypoxia
Cerebral Hypoxia is a condition in which your brain is starved of oxygen. There is a real risk of brain damage or death.
Stridor is a wheezing or whistling sound when you breath in. Blockages in your lung narrow your airways and as the air forces past the whistling sound is heard. You might need a breathing tube to allow air to reach your lungs.
8. Chemical reactions with pollutants
Pollutants from smoke inhalation can cause your immune system to respond to attack the hazardous chemicals – too much of a reaction can in itself cause death of cells in your lungs and further problems with your breathing.
Average compensation payouts calculator for smoke inhalation claims?
Examples of the amounts of compensation your smoke inhalation claim could worth in 2013, include:
Minor smoke inhalation claim average payouts
Smoke inhalation claim from exposure to toxic fumes causing on-going minor damage to your airways with no real long-term effect on your ability to breath will lead to average compensation payout amounts of: £3,800 - £9,000
Moderate lung damage calculator
Lung injury claim for tissue damage causing permanent disability in lung function will lead to compensation calculated between :£9,000 - £39,000
Other forms of lung disease including cancer
Click lung disease claim to see the amounts of compensation you can claim for lung diseases including cancer.
Free online legal help with your smoke inhalation claim
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