I am attorney Michael Ehline, and I am one of the most prominent and respected smoke and heat inhalation injury lawyers in L.A. For over 15 years, my law firm has assisted injury victims in the City and County of Los Angeles. Below, I will discuss these injuries and how my firm can help you recover money for pain and suffering and your financial losses.
When you suffer a burn injury accident in your home or the workplace, you may become afflicted with burned, charred, or collapsed lungs from inhaling smoke. Your injuries can include second-hand smoke and heat inhalation, a dangerous part of the burn injury spectrum. After all, the inhalation of the toxic and harmful gasses during the fire or fume-causing event can linger well after your exposure to the initial heatwave.
A survey done in 1997 by the National Fire Protection Association showed during their duties:
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, gas explosions and electrical fires 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 harm to your lungs is always detected quickly by medical doctors. Most of all, the health effects may be disastrous when severe smoke inhalation goes undiagnosed or untreated.
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 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 no 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 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 provide 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 post-exposure, upper airway edema can be present. And it remains the earliest sign of damage from breathing hot air from smoke and fire. Suffering smoke inhalation caused by negligence is actionable in court. And defendants could be employers, defective products, or faulty equipment makers, or resellers. But another source of negligence actions may have acted in concert, jointly or severally, to cause your malaise.
And if so, you may be entitled to recover compensation. As discussed above, did your family lose a loved one from negligent actions? Or perhaps your breadwinner is out of commission? Well, the good news is, with the right legal help, you can hold the negligent party responsible.
Discussing your potential new case with a lawyer right away is the only way you can protect your rights to the fullest. Our burn injury lawyers are experts in smoke and lung injury claims. And we have the experience and financial resources to win your case.
Because the law limits the time you have to file a claim, you must act quickly. Contact Ehline Law Firm lawyers as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate. Discuss your case and hold the negligent party responsible. We will keep your hand and advise you every step of the way to a legal victory. Call (213) 596-9642.
Michael Ehline is an inactive U.S. Marine and world-famous legal historian. Michael helped draft the Cruise Ship Safety Act and has won some of U.S. history’s largest motorcycle accident settlements. Together with his legal team, Michael and the Ehline Law Firm collect damages on behalf of clients. We pride ourselves on being available to answer your most pressing and difficult questions 24/7. We are proud sponsors of the Paul Ehline Memorial Motorcycle Ride and a Service Disabled Veteran Operated Business. (SDVOB.) We are ready to fight.