When most people think of injuries related to fires, they think of painful burns. However, smoke inhalation is actually the primary source of harm in a fire. In fact, smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death due to fires.
Premises owners, such as hotel and business owners, should keep their buildings protected against fire so that patrons and visitors do not suffer from the damaging effects of smoke inhalation. However, if they skimp on insulation or fire-sprinkler systems, this can leave you in a potentially dangerous firetrap. If you have suffered smoke inhalation due to an improperly constructed or maintained building, you should contact a premises liability lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier today at (414) 271-0900.
Components of Smoke
Smoke is a combination of heated particles and gases, which typically does not include much oxygen since this is consumed by the fire. Smoke can also contain toxic particles or gases, depending on the object that is burned. For instance, if asbestos-containing insulation burns, it can release carcinogenic asbestos fibers into the air.
Symptoms of Smoke Inhalation
When you are exposed to smoke, the hot gas can burn your throat and lungs and inflame other tissues as well. This can result in several painful symptoms, such as:
- Chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Loud breathing
- Reddened eyes
If you have suffered from smoke inhalation due to an improperly constructed or monitored building, you should talk to an attorney immediately.
Smoke inhalation can cause pain and suffering, as well as lost wages and high medical bills as you recover. If your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible to pursue compensation for your resulting losses. Learn more about the legal options available to you by calling Habush Habush & Rottier at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) today.