“Smog” a term coined in the early 1900’s as a way to describe the mix of fog and smoke that was prevalent particularly in big industrial cities like London. Now it is more commonly used to describe all sorts of pollutants, often from car exhaust fumes mingled with fog.
If you suffer an injury as the result of smog then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm specialising in personal injury claims from travel accident compensation to road traffic accident claims.
While we may no longer see the “pea souper fog” that was well known in London up until the 1950s from the burning of coal. This type of pollution caused a dense yellowish fog which had a deadly impact.
- Chest irritation and coughing – high ozone levels (a condition that causes smog) can irritate the lungs and respiratory system and continue to cause damage even after symptoms subside
- Asthma attacks – exposure to smog can increase asthma symptoms
- Difficulty breathing – during exercise in particular it can feel difficult to take deep breaths and can damage the lining of lungs
- Heart problems – pollutants can thicken the blood increasing the risk of blocked arteries or blood clots
- Brain issues – heavy metals in pollutants can cross the barrier between brain and blood and cause issues such as depression and stroke
- Skin conditions – the skin is porous and so any pollutants will be absorbed directly
- Nervous system – can be affected by increased levels of carbon monoxide.
Especially at risk are children, the elderly and asthma sufferers.
How to reduce the damage
- Be aware of when high smog levels are reported
- Reduce outdoor activity on high level smog days
- Keep all activity gentle on smoggy days
- Facemasks can help but only if they are medically certified.
- In the car, instead of using air conditioning, lower the window slightly since car fans suck in fumes.
If you have suffered an injury in the last three years in an accident which was somebody else’s fault then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, our free-phone number today with no obligation to proceed. We have years of experience dealing with trips, falls and slips and many other types of compensation claims.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice