A fire at a recycling location in Marshgate has led to some nearby residents considering smoke inhalation claims. The waste fire started on 21st July and is still burning despite efforts by firefighters to remove many tonnes of waste nearby that has not yet been burnt and may provide further fuel for the fire.
Residents close to the site have been suffering from the smog that is now hanging over the site. One resident, Michael McNicholas, works on Greenbridge Industrial Estate and has had a heavy cough and headaches. He has to cycle through the smog-like atmosphere every day in order to get to work.
Many residents in the area are becoming annoyed by the ongoing fire and also by the effects of smoke inhalation. Some have said elderly people are troubled by symptoms and everyone is being asked to seek medical help if they are experiencing symptoms created by inhaling the smoke. Typical symptoms can include coughing, headaches and breathlessness among other things. Some have already started the ball rolling towards compensation claims while it is thought that others might be about to do the same.
How much can smoke inhalation affect you?
It is known that most deaths in fires occur because of smoke inhalation rather than through the fire itself. Inhaling the smoke means you cannot get enough oxygen to breathe properly – the smoke effectively starves you of it. It causes you to cough and you may also experience soot near your airways and in your throat. You could feel short of breath and hoarse as well. The lack of oxygen can also cause you to feel confused about where you are and what is going on.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now to see whether you have a chance to claim
It doesn’t matter whether you have suffered as a result of this particular blaze or whether you have suffered from smoke inhalation as a result of another fire. If you believe the fire was the fault of someone else you may have cause to start a no win, no fee* claim. The first step is to speak with a professional injury compensation lawyer at Accident Advice Helpline. Our enquiry line is open 24/7 and is completely free to call as well. Why not call now to see where you stand legally at present?
Source: Swindon Advertiser
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown