Florida Smoke Inhalation Lawyers
Fires are known for burn injuries, but recent studies show that 60-80% of fire-related deaths in the United States are actually caused by inhalation of smoke, very hot air, or toxins that are released into the air as chemicals in the environment burn.
Very hot air may cause burns in the airway, leading to inflammation and an increased risk for infection. Inhalation of oxygen poor air and carbon monoxide can cause a burn victim to suffocate to death on scene, even if their external injuries are not severe. Silks, polyurethane, plastic, nitriles, paper products, rubber, nylon, and wool may all release cyanide, which is 20 times as toxic as CO and can cause immediate respiratory arrest, into the environment as the burn.
Sometimes, though, the results of smoke inhalation are not immediately apparent and are only noticed 24-36 hours after the fire is put out. For this reason, burn patients must be monitored closely for changes in their respiratory status, even if they appear to have only minor injuries.
Factors that increase the risk of suffering smoke or heat inhalation injuries include being in a confined space, being involved in a fire which burned any of the substances listed above, which may release numerous toxins, and pre-existing respiratory diseases-like COPD or asthma.
If you or a loved one has endured the fear, pain, and trauma of a fire caused by someone else’s negligence or fault during a burn accident, you might be entitled to substantial compensation. Don’t be pushed towards a settlement that doesn’t even cover the cost of your medical bills. If you are leery of the legalities involved in filing a suit, we can help. Call Zimmerman & Frachtman to explore your options and see justice be served.
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