Burn Injury and Smoke Inhalation

Nov 11, 2016 @ 09:00 AM — by Larry A. Tawwater

Injury victim receiving oxygenBurn injuries are known to be some of the most damaging types of injuries. A burn injury can cause physical and emotional damages that may last for a lifetime. Severe burns can damage the nerves, resulting in excruciating physical pain. Damage to the skin can also cause disfiguration and often requires long-term medical treatment. Unfortunately, outward skin, nerve, and tissue damage are only some aspects of a burn injury.

Oftentimes burn injury and smoke inhalation cause problems for our Oklahoma City, OK clients. Smoke inhalation threatens the lungs and can cause serious medical complications, including death. At Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC, our burn injury lawyers can help burn victims collect compensation for damages related to smoke inhalation.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Smoke Inhalation

When the skin is burned, it is very obvious. Aside from the physical pain that a burn causes, there are usually visible marks. Depending on how severe a burn is, it may turn the skin red or cause blisters or other skin damage.

It is more difficult to recognize when smoke inhalation has occurred. Symptoms of smoke inhalation may not develop for 24 to 36 hours after exposure. When symptoms do develop, they vary based on how long the body was exposed to smoke, and the exact source of the smoke (for instance, whether it was from a chemical fire). It is important to recognize symptoms of smoke inhalation. Burn injury victims experiencing any of the following symptoms of smoke inhalation should seek medical treatment right away:

  • A dry, horse cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fainting
  • Eye pain or vision problems
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain or nausea

Smoke inhalation can cause inflammation, infection, and fluid buildup in the lungs. It is important to treat smoke inhalation as soon as possible to prevent complications. Even with early treatment, some cases of smoke inhalation can cause long-term damage to the lungs.

Seeking Compensation

Smoke inhalation is a serious problem that can lead to long-term injuries and complications. Any burn victim who has been injured by smoke inhalation as the result of a faulty product or the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party should work with an experienced burn injury lawyer to seek appropriate compensation for damages.

Our attorneys work hard on behalf of our clients to ensure they are compensated to the full extent of the law. Potential compensation in cases involving a burn injury and smoke inhalation include pain and suffering, medical expenses, the cost of long-term medical treatment, and lost wages or the loss of future wage earning potential.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have suffered a burn injury and smoke inhalation, it is important to contact an experienced burn injury lawyer as soon as possible. The burn injury lawyers at Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC can prove liability in your case to ensure you are adequately compensated for damages suffered. To learn more about your legal rights to financial compensation, schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers at your earliest convenience.

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