Dedicated to saving the lives of others, firefighters are continually at risk of sustaining potentially serious, even fatal injuries at work. One of these risks is that of sustaining smoke inhalation injuries.
The dangers of smoke inhalation injuries
Inhaling smoke while fighting a fire can cause firefighters to suffer carbon monoxide poisoning and:
In severe cases, a firefighter may end up in a coma or even die. Confusion and dizziness also increase their risk of sustaining other personal injuries as they attempt to continue doing their job. Smoke inhalation can also cause bronchitis and other serious long-term respiratory diseases.
Preventing smoke inhalation injuries
The risk of firefighters suffering smoke inhalation injuries must be minimised by the provision of adequate training and personal protective equipment (i.e. breathing gear). If you were injured by smoke inhalation, you could be entitled to make a claim.
Making a claim
You would, for example, qualify for compensation if:
- You were not adequately trained in doing your job and/or the use of personal protective equipment
- Your breathing gear or other protective equipment was defective
- You were not provided necessary protective equipment or
Compensation claims must be set into motion within three years of your accident at work. If you developed a respiratory illness, you must claim within three years of your illness being diagnosed. It is, therefore, imperative to call our 24/7 helpline and get helpful compensation advice as soon after your smoke inhalation injury as possible.
Accident Advice Helpline
With over 16 years’ experience in handling firefighter injury claims, we have the necessary skills and know-how to help you get the compensation your smoke inhalation-related injury entitles you to.
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All our in-house solicitors operate under conditional fee agreements. This means that if for some reason, you should unexpectedly fail to be awarded any compensation, you will not have to pay any solicitors’ fees. You may, however, still be required to pay for other legal expenses.
To learn more about making a firefighter accident claim and/or enlist our experts’ assistance, complete the unique 30-second test on our website or call our confidential 24/7 freephone advice line today. The numbers to call from your mobile or any UK landline are 0333 500 0993 and 0800 689 0500 respectively. Any information and/or personal details you will be asked to provide during your call will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice