New York, like many other major cities around the world, frequently suffers from smog, a combination of air pollution and fog. Potentially lasting for several days, such periods can expose locals and visitors alike to high concentrations of potentially lethal pollutants.
Major pollutants likely to inflict personal injuries
Some of the most dangerous pollutants found in high concentrations within smog consist of:
- Carbon dioxide
- Carbon monoxide
- Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
- Ozone (ground ozone, not to be confused with the natural ozone found in the planet’s upper atmosphere)
- Nitrogen oxide
- Sulphur dioxide
Allergens of varying types, including ragweed and various other types of pollen, further add to the potential health risks of smog.
In addition to irritating eyes and the lining of noses and throats, smog can make breathing exceptionally difficult. Capable of inflicting serious damage to lungs (according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, breathing in ground ozone is comparable to suffering sunburn on the lungs), smog particularly threatens children, elderly individuals, and people spending much of their time outdoors. It is believed that prolonged exposure to smog may be responsible for the development of cancers, premature births and birth defects, as well as, not surprisingly, an array of respiratory diseases.
High risk groups
Those at the highest risk of serious injury by smog, however, are those already suffering from asthma and other respiratory diseases and allergies. Heightening sensitivity to allergens, impairing lungs, and triggering asthma attacks, smog is capable of not only sending people to hospital, but of killing them. In 1953, for instance, up to 260 people are believed to have been killed by New York smog, followed by another 200 deaths in 1963. Approximately 169 individuals were killed during a particularly bad period of New York smog in 1966.
If you were injured or developed a smog-related illness while visiting New York, you may be entitled to claim for injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing successfully with personal and travel injury claims for almost 14 years. The company’s advisers and legal professionals subsequently have the experience necessary to bring your claim to a quick, satisfactory conclusion.
No win, no fee claims
All claims are processed under no win, no fee, or conditional fee agreements. This means you can file a claim for compensation without having to add financial worries concerning solicitor fees to what is undoubtedly already a stressful time for you. To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 14, 2014
Author: David Brown