Texas Smoke Inhalation Lawyer Handles Smoke Injury Lawsuits Including Smoke Inhalation, Hypoxic Brain Injury, Respiratory Failure, & Asphyxiation Lawsuits by Texas Smoke Inhalation Lawyer Jason S. Coomer
Texas smoke inhalation lawyer represents smoke inhalation survivors and families of people lost to smoke inhalation. More specifically, he handles hypoxic brain injury, asphyxiation, respiratory failure, and other smoke injury claims. His legal teams represented Bastrop fire survivors and families. They have also represented survivors of house fires, apartment fires, condo fires, and other fires. Together his team investigates the cause and origins of fires as well as works with fire marshalls and fire investigators. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious smoke injury, please feel free to contact Texas Smoke Inhalation Lawyer via e-mail message. Please also feel free to submit an inquiry through our contact form His firm offers free online evaluations of Texas fire and smoke injury claims.
Texas Smoke Inhalation Lawyer Helps Fire Survivors and Families of Those Killed By Smoke Inhalation
Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death related to fires. More specifically, smoke inhalation causes an estimated 50%-80% of fire deaths. Fires also kill thousand of people each year through burn injuries, fatal falls, and falling objects/buildings collapsing. As a smoke inhalation lawyer, Jason Coomer, and his team commonly investigate fires and smoke inhalation claims. They help families understand what caused a fire and help families seek compensation from those responsibly. His team also investigates insurance and other sources of compensation for victims of devastating fires.
Additionally, Texas fire and smoke inhalation lawyers help identify ways to prevent future fires. More specifically, they commonly determine that defective appliances, incorrect wiring, or poor maintenance causes fires. These determinations help remove dangerous applicances, dangerous homes, and negligent property managers from the market. Further, by helping families his team is able to work together with their clients to prevent similar accidents from occuring.
Smoke Inhalation Causes Serious Injuries and Death (Fatal Smoke Inhalation and Hypoxic Brain Injury Lawsuits)
Smoke inhalation occurs when a person breathes in smoke or the products of combustion during a fire. Further, the fire not only uses the surrounding oxygen in the air taking the oxygen that humans need to breathe, but through burning or combustion (the rapid breakdown of a substance by heat) creates smoke which is a mixture of heated particles and gases. It is typically impossible to predict the exact composition of smoke produced by a residential fire or industrial fire as every accidental fire is different. However, most times the smoke is toxic including plastic and many different toxic chemicals. The products being burned, the temperature of the fire, and the amount of oxygen available to the fire all make a difference in the type and toxicity of smoke produced. This is especially true when furniture, appliances, and other items made up of plastic or other chemicals burn. The resulting smoke often creates irritants or toxins that cause serious respiratory problems or even death.
Smoke inhalation can cause difficulty breathing, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other toxic effects that can result in serious injuries or even death. Smoke inhalation is especially danagerous in house fire, apartment fires, hotel fires, and condo fires. These fires cause an increased risk because sleeping people often don't realize they are breathing smoke until it is too late.
Smoke Inhalation Commonly Causes Asphyxiation and Hypoxia
Smoke inhalation damages the body by simple asphyxiation (lack of oxygen), chemical irritation, chemical asphyxiation, and a combination of these. Combustion uses the oxygen near the fire and often leads to death when there is no oxygen for a person to breathe. Smoke itself even when it does not contain toxic chemicals, can take up the space that is needed for oxygen. Carbon dioxide also acts in this way. Combustion also commonly forms chemicals that cause direct injury when they contact the skin and mucous membranes. These substances disrupt the normal lining of the respiratory tract. This disruption causes swelling, airway collapse, and respiratory distress. Examples of chemical irritants found in smoke include sulfur dioxide, ammonia, hydrogen chloride, and chlorine.
A fire also can produce compounds that do damage by interfering with the body's oxygen use at a cellular level. Carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and hydrogen sulfide are all examples of chemicals produced in fires that interfere with the use of oxygen by the cell during the production of energy. If either the delivery of oxygen or the use of oxygen is inhibited, cells will die.
Symptoms and Treatment of Smoke Inhalation (Damages and Injuries in Smoke Inhalation and Carbon Monoxide Lawsuits)
Smoke inhalation often causes health problems that result in coughing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, headaches, changes in mental status, changes in skin coloration, and passing out. The first step in treating a person suffering from smoke inhalation is to remove the person from the smoke-filled environment to a location with clean air. The second step is to start CPR and make sure that they are getting oxygen. Oxygen may be applied with a nose tube, mask, or through a tube down the throat. If the patient has signs and symptoms of upper airway problems (hoarseness), they will most likely be intubated. The doctor places a tube down the throat to keep the airway from closing due to swelling.
If the patient has respiratory distress or mental status changes, intubation often helps with breathing, suctions off mucus, and keeps the patient from choking on secretions. If the smoke inhalation is bad enough, a bronchoscopy may have to be done to directly look at the degree of damage done to the airways and to allow for suctioning of secretions and debris.
Texas Smoke Inhalation Lawyers Often Represent Smoke Injury Survivors Who Suffer Monoxide Poisoning
Victims of smoke inhalation often suffer carbon monoxide poisoning. These smoke inhalation victims often require more serious medical care including the use of oxygen. More specifically, the use of a hyperbaric chamber for hyberaric oxygenation may be considered. This treatment uses compressed oxygen to help the person's blood gases return to normal. A complete blood count may also be done to determine if there are enough red blood cells to carry oxygen, enough white blood cells to fight infection, and enough platelets to ensure clotting can occur. Carboxyhemoglobin and methemoglobin levels are also typically measured in all smoke inhalation victims with respiratory distress, altered mental status, low blood pressure, seizures, fainting, and blood pH changes.
Texas smoke inhalation lawyers often represent smoke injury victims who have suffered serious injuries. They help survivors seek compensation to help pay for necessary medical treatment. They also seek damages for injuries, scarring and impairment suffered by survivors. In many situations, the medical treatment for serious smoke inhalation injuries can be significant. Further, in some situations, the survivor suffers brian injuries from hypoxia or toxic exposure that require substantial medical case. Additionally, in many of these situations, the survivor may lose time from work or not be able to work again.
Smoke Inhalation Lawsuits Often Include Faulty Wiring, Defective Applicances, and Other Negligence Claims
Smoke inhalation lawyers commonly investigate fires caused by faulty wiring, defective appliances, negligent storage, faulty construction, and negligent maintenance. Further, they commonly determine that negligent companies, managers, and land owners, lack of fire detection devices and/or prevention equipment that could have helped stop the fire from spreading or saved lives. Further, smoke inhalation lawyers investigate a variety of fires that cause injuries, death, or property damages. More specifically, they investigate fires that severely burn people, destroy property, poison people, and kill people. Further, many of these smoke inhalation lawsuits investigate home fires. Home fires are typically the most devastating. More specifically, home fires (apartment fire, duplex fire, and house fire) often occur at night when people are sleeping. These fires often spread while residents sleep allowing the fire to get into walls. This spread often creates smoke that can incapacitate families before they can get out causing serious injury or death as well as destroy a life time worth of possessions. When careless and negligent actions cause fires that wrongfully kill or severely injure people, it is important to have the fire properly investigated. It not only helps survivors and families seek compensation from those responsible, it helps prevent similar fires.
Texas Smoke Inhalation Lawyers Handle Aluminum Wiring and Faulty Electrical Wiring Lawsuits
Texas smoke inhalation lawyers commonly investigate fires caused by aluminum wiring and faulty wiring. These smoke injury lawsuits commonly happen in older homes or poorly built homes. However, any home can have faulty wiring that causes an accidental fire that causes serious injuries, significant loss of property, or death. Recovering from a home fire, can be difficult. Not only is there the loss of life or serious injuries to deal with, but the actual clean up and rebuilding. From the fire damage to smoke and fire suppression damage, residential fire claim typically require significant resources to clean up and rebuild the home. As such, it can be extremely difficult to deal not only with the loss of life, injuries, and damages, but to also deal with the builder, insurance company, or other large company that may be responsible for the home fire.
The combination of faulty wiring and defective smoke detectors is especially dangerous. Together, these dangers increase the risk of a fatal home fire that could cause devastating loss of life and catastrophic injuries. It is always best to lower these risks as much as possible for your health and safety as well as that of your family. If you plan to live in an older home, make sure you have good working smoke detectors. Further, when purchasing, renting, or deciding to live in an older home it is important to know when it was built and if it was built with aluminum wiring in it. It also can be helpful to hire an electrician to inspect the wiring. This is especially true for homes built in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of these homes were built with aluminum wiring that can over heat and cause a fire. Additionally, over time the aluminum wiring in these homes typically deteriorates making the risk of an accidental electrical fire increase. If you own or are thinking of buying or renting an older home it is important to know if you have aluminum wiring. If your home will have aluminum wiring, it is also a good idea to review the Consumer Product Safety Commissions Recommendation for Aluminum Wiring in Homes and to make sure that your home has working smoke detectors. This knowledge can help avoid a fatal home fire or fire tragedy.
Families Who Suffer Smoke Inhalation or Other Home Fires Should Hire a Smoke Inhalation Lawyer
It is often beneficial to hire a smoke inhalation lawyer to assist in seeking compensation for home fire. A good residential fire lawyer helps investigate the cause of the fire and works with fire cause and origin experts to determine the cause and origin of the fire. This investigation is extremely important as the person seeking compensation has the burden to prove what caused the fire. For this reason, don't think an insurance company or large risk management company will admit fault for a fire. In fact, fire survivors and their families often must prove faulty electrical wiring, appliances, gas lines, or gas meters. More especifically, they often need to prove defective parts including aluminum wiring, defective gas meters, defective gas lines, defective gas control valves, or defective flexible gas connectors caused a fire. They also often have to prove if there were working smoke detectors or flame detectors in the home.
Working Smoke Detectors Provide Early Warnings of House Fires and Protect Families From Smoke Inhalation That Can Cause Serious Injuries and Death
A working smoke detector provides an early warning of a house fire and can prevent serious injuries and death. This is why a working smoke alarm on every level of a home and in each bed room is an important safety feature to have in your home. The United States Fire Administration provides information on smoke alarms including the following brochure on What You Need to Know about Smoke Alarms as well as information on defective smoke detectors that you should be aware of and avoid.
Defective smoke detectors and smoke alarms are especially problematic for fires that occur at night, when people are sleeping, when people are disabled, or when the fire is hidden. This is because a failure to warn of a fire can allow the fire to spread. Once the fire has spread smoke can accumulate taking away oxygen and creating toxic fumes that can cause people and pets to pass out from smoke inhalation.
Texas Smoke Inhalation Lawyer Helps Smoke Inhalation Surivors and Families of Those Killed by Smoke Inhalation
Texas smoke inhalation lawyer represents fire and smoke inhalation victims throughout Texas. He also commonly works with other smoke inhalation and fire lawyers throughout Texas and the United States. Together, they help individuals seriously injured by fire and smoke inhalation. They also commonly help families of those killed by smoke inhalation. If you or a member of your family has suffered severe smoke inhalation as a result of a fire, please feel free to contact us. Texas smoke inhalation lawyer, Jason Coomer, offers free reviews of smoke inhalation claims including smoke inhalationlawsuits, hypoxic brain injury lawsuits, respiratory failure lawsuits, & asphyxiation lawsuits. For more information, please contact Texas Smoke Inhalation Lawyer Jason Coomer.
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