Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Our dangerous products lawyers are familiar with multiple cases where individuals have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from an unsafe product. Currently, we are investigating carbon monoxide lawsuits to help plaintiffs from all over the United States recover just compensation for their suffering and damages.
Carbon monoxide prevents oxygen from traveling throughout the body. In the last decade, an average of 430 Americans have died from carbon monoxide poisoning every year.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is often called “the silent killer” because this gas is both colorless and odorless so it is difficult to know when it is present. Carbon monoxide is the byproduct of any type of combustion engine, which may be fueled by oil, charcoal, kerosene, or natural gas. While carbon monoxide is normally only released in very small amounts from appliances and other sources, sometimes a leak may go undetected and this could prove fatal.
Appliances and devices linked to a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning may include:
- Jet skis
- Water heaters
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
According to the Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC), early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Shortness of breath
When individuals are exposed to moderate or high levels or prolonged carbon monoxide poisoning, they may suffer:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty thinking
If you believe you have been exposed to carbon monoxide, the very first thing you need to do is to get outside or into a well-ventilated area. In some cases, individuals suffer permanent damage after being exposed to CO.
Next, document as much of the situation as possible. This may include taking down information of medical responders, landlords or maintenance technicians, and photographing any machines or appliances believed to be the source of a carbon monoxide leak. This information may be invaluable should you decide to file a carbon monoxide lawsuit.
Carbon Monoxide Lawsuits
Landlords, contractors, hotel owners, appliance technicians and other parties are all responsible to ensure that building occupants are not subjected to carbon monoxide fumes and poisoning. Below are just two examples of the many carbon monoxide lawsuits recently filed by injured parties or their grieving family members:
In 2013, a woman was awarded $28.2 million after the furnace in her Wyoming apartment was found to be the cause of her carbon monoxide poisoning which left her with permanent brain damage. A jury determined that her apartment owner and the property management company both ignored warning signs that the furnace was unsafe. In her carbon monoxide lawsuit, a doctor testified that she would have died had she remained in her apartment one hour longer.
In 2015, the family of a couple who died from carbon monoxide poisoning at a Tenessee Best Western hotel in April 2013 filed a wrongful death lawsuit for compensation. They only learned that their parents likely died from carbon monoxide after hearing that a 13-year-old boy died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the same hotel room two months later. Investigations showed that a leak from the nearby hotel pool heating system caused the deaths, and the hotel manager, hotel owners, gas company, gas company employees, and a heating technician were all named as defendants in the suit.
Contact a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer
If you believe that you or someone you love has been seriously injured or even killed as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, you may be owed compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. Contact us today to learn more in a free carbon monoxide lawsuit consultation with an experienced dangerous product lawyer.