The most obvious injuries caused by fires are burns. If you have smoke inhalation injuries, these can often be tougher to spot.
If you’ve been involved in accidents at work or you’ve had a fire at home, it may be wise to get checked over by a doctor. Even if you feel alright, you may have internal injuries, which haven’t yet become apparent.
What are the signs of smoke inhalation?
Smoke inhalation injuries occur when you breathe in smoke and it damages the lungs and throat. It is much more common for fires to cause death as a result of smoke inhalation injuries than burns.
Signs of smoke inhalation include:
- a persistent cough
- coughing up mucus, which may be black in colour
- breathing difficulties and breathlessness
- sore throat
- laboured breathing
- changes in skin colour
- inflamed nasal passages
- feeling confused
How is smoke inhalation treated?
Oxygen is often provided for people who have been injured in a fire. If you have more severe symptoms, it may be necessary to carry out investigations to determine the extent of damage and decide the best course of action.
If you have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, hyperbaric treatment may be recommended; this is used to increase oxygen levels.
What happens if a fire isn’t your fault?
If you’ve been injured in a fire and it wasn’t your fault, you may be thinking about claiming compensation.
Most cases of compensation relate to work accidents and public place slips and trips. However, it may be possible to claim in an instance where somebody else displayed negligence, which resulted in the fire and your subsequent injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you would like to find out more about making a personal injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline now. You can discuss your no-win no-fee* claim with one of our helpful advisors. If you want to pursue your claim, it will then be passed on to one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.
We have expertise in handling a wide range of claims, from work injury claims to road traffic accident compensation.
If you’ve been injured in the last three years and you feel that somebody else was at fault, call us now on 0800 689 0500 from a UK landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Alternatively, visit our website and take the simple 30-second eligibility test.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice