Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawsuit
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The attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm are actively investigating carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been injured as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Approximately 500 carbon monoxide deaths occur each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, approximately 15,000 people are treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States annually after determining that they have been exposed to a carbon monoxide leak or experienced CO poisoning symptoms.
What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’ because it is an odorless, colorless gas that is the number one cause of unintentional poisoning in the United States. Individuals exposed to such gas leaks can be killed or left with lifetime injuries because carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms are not always recognized.
The signs of CO poisoning may be mistaken for a generalized illness, causing early symptoms such as:
- Flu-Like symptoms
What Causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide leaks can occur as a result of several issues, including faulty appliances, unvented fuel-powered heaters and clogged chimneys and exhaust vents. Landlords, builders, and contractors have been held legally responsible through carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuits when it can be proven that they knew, or had reason to know, that a carbon monoxide leak was likely to occur, or if they caused the leak through negligence.
A defective carbon monoxide detector may also be the fault of the manufacturer. Home builders and/or maintenance companies may also be directly at fault for your carbon monoxide poisoning injury. A carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer will use his or her expertise to help you determine who is at fault and we will help you to recover for any injuries you may have sustained as a result of breathing in carbon monoxide at a hotel or on someone else’s property. Once our team of gas-poisoning experts determines who is responsible for your injuries, our lawyers will help you get the justice you deserve.
Why Should I Hire A Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer
A personal injury attorney from our firm will first ensure you are receiving any and all medical treatment that you require to ensure a full physical recovery. Then, an attorney will work to identify any parties that may be liable for your injuries, such as a property owner, maintenance company or even a product manufacturer, and will work with leading diagnostic experts who can help link your injuries to carbon monoxide poisoning.
What Can I Recover in a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawsuit?
If you believe you were injured by CO poisoning you may be able to collect compensation for the following:
- Past and future medical bills
- Physical impairments
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
If you believe a loved one was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, you may qualify for a wrongful death lawsuit to collect compensation for the following:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of companionship
Brain Damage Caused By Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
For people who survive carbon monoxide poisoning, the long-term side effects often include brain damage. Millions of brain cells die for every minute they do not have oxygen, resulting in permanent cognitive problems. These complications may include memory loss, confusion, decreased processing speed, problems with multi-tasking, attention-span, chronic headaches, trouble sleeping, and more.
Children & CO Poisoning
Children are often victims of CO poisoning as well. According to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, more than 3,000 children 14 years of age and under are treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in hospital emergency rooms each year in the U.S.
What to Do if You Suspect Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If you experience symptoms that you think could be from CO poisoning, a few simple steps can be the difference between life and death.
Get fresh air immediately: Open all doors and windows in the vicinity, turn off combustion appliances and leave the premises.
Seek medical treatment: Call 911. Emergency response personnel will ensure your safety. Accept transport to the nearest emergency room and tell the physician about your suspected CO poisoning. A blood test can confirm whether or not you were exposed to carbon monoxide.
Determine the cause: If the doctor confirms CO poisoning, consult with your local fire department to determine the source. If the source is an appliance, make sure it is shut off and repaired by a qualified technician before resuming use.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help Victims of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The Carlson Law Firm represents plaintiffs across the country in complex litigation, arbitration and mediation related to a number of practice areas, including products liability, pharmaceutical litigation, personal injury, and medical malpractice to name a few.
If you believe you have been injured, or someone you love has been killed due to carbon monoxide poisoning at your workplace, a hotel or your home, the skilled team of attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm may be able to help you file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses.
To schedule a free consultation for carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuits, or for more information, give us a call or fill out our free case review form today. We are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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