Many people are aware of the dangers of external burns. However, you may not know that you can suffer from harmful internal burns as well. If you are around smoke, smoke inhalation can sear your lungs and cause serious damage.
Perhaps you are around smoke each day, or maybe you have suffered from smoke inhalation as a result of an accident at work. Regardless of the cause, this exposure can cause lung damage and even respiratory failure. If you have been hurt by smoke inhalation at work, you should fight for the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve. Contact an experienced Morehead City workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Office of Sam Scudder today at 919-851-3311 to discuss your case.
In actuality, smoke inhalation is the primary cause of fire-related death. Fires produce a mix of heated gas and airborne particles that you can inhale if you are near a fire. There are two ways that this smoke can affect your lungs. First, a fire may eat up all the oxygen so that you have none left to breathe. Instead, you may be breathing the damaging smoke.
Additionally, the smoke itself can carry damaging irritants and even toxic products. The chemicals in smoke can irritate the linings of your nose and lungs, causing inflammation that can restrict your breathing. You can suffer from respiratory distress and even respiratory failure.
Smoke, especially smoke containing toxic chemicals, can permanently damage your delicate lung tissue. If you have suffered from fire-related injuries such as smoke inhalation while at work, you may need workers’ comp to help you with your pain and suffering as well as medical bills. To discuss your case, contact a knowledgeable Morehead City workers’ compensation lawyer from the Law Office of Sam Scudder at 919-851-3311 today.