Fires can cause two types of serious injuries: smoke inhalation and burns. Victims of fire-related injuries may be able to claim compensation if they can demonstrate that another party’s negligent or wrongful act caused their injuries.
If you’ve suffered either of these often serious injuries, it will be to your benefit to consult a personal injury attorney who has substantial experience helping clients recover money after being harmed by a fire to learn if you have a viable case.
Any smoke you inhale will contain particles and/or chemicals that can cause severe irritation in your lungs from partially burned materials that contain carbon. The exact composition of the smoke depends on the substance that is burning. In addition to the irritating particles, smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and other chemicals, which may include benzene, toluene, styrene, acidic gases, sulfur dioxide, hydrocarbons, metals, dioxins, or nitrogen oxides, and aldehydes.
If you have a health condition that affects your heart or lungs, you will probably be more vulnerable to health problems after inhaling smoke.
Wildfire smoke often remains in the air for days or weeks. It will usually contain particulate material that irritates the lungs, even though it may not be visible. It is the smallest particles that are most likely to have a negative effect on your health, especially causing lung damage and difficulty breathing, asthma, and worsening heart disease.
Burns are among the most painful and disfiguring of all injuries. Common causes of burns include car accidents that cause gas leaks that catch on fire; electrical burns, which typically have a clear entry and exit point cause damage and scarring to the skin, internal damage, and sometimes cardiac arrest; burning buildings; contact with caustic chemicals; gas explosions; and contact with steam or scalding liquids. In the United States, approximately 450,000 people suffer burn injuries every year, and 3500 of these victims die from their burns.
Burn injuries are often the result of the negligence, carelessness, or deliberate wrongful act of some individual, business, or other entity, for example when another person causes a car accident, or when a utility company fails to properly maintain electrical equipment and sparks a wildfire.
San Diego Smoke Inhalation and Burn Injury Lawyers with a Record of Success
If you or a member of your family has suffered from a serious burn injury or smoke inhalation from a fire that was caused by someone else, the California Fire Lawyers at the Singleton Law Firm have years of experience and an impressive track record of recovering money for clients suffering fire-related injuries, long term health problems, and loss of property. We have the skill and expert resources to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the fire and to identify the party responsible for the condition that resulted in the fire that injured you. To our legal expertise, we add a passion for justice that keeps us fighting for every client, never letting up until we have won you a fair and adequate compensation award.
We are familiar with the tactics that insurance companies often use to attempt to deny or minimize the value of a fire injury claim and know how to counter them. Our attorneys are fully prepared to fight for your right to a recovery of both economic losses such as medical expenses and lost earnings as well as damages to your quality of life, such as pain, suffering, disfigurement, emotional anguish, and psychological trauma.
Free Legal Consultation for Fire-related Damages
We invite you to call us at the Singleton Law Firm to schedule a consultation with one of our fire injury attorneys to learn about your legal options for pursuing a monetary recovery. This service is free and without obligation.
We accept burn injury and smoke inhalation cases on a contingency fee retainer, so you don’t need to be wealthy to hire one of California’s most successful fire damage law firms to represent you. At the Singleton Law Firm, we front all the expenses involved in investigating and developing your case, and you only pay us if we win money for you. Contact for a free legal consultation.