Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorneys
Exposure to Carbon Monoxide (CO) gas can lead to poisoning, resulting in sudden illness or death. Dangerous concentrations of the gas can build up indoors and go undetected until after people become ill.
Common sources of CO are:
- Furnaces or boilers
- Gas stoves and ovens
- Fireplaces, both gas and wood burning
- Water heaters
- Clothes dryers
- Wood stoves
- Power generators
- Motor vehicles
- Power tools and lawn equipment
- Tobacco smoke
- Homes with attached garages or fuel-burning appliances are more at risk.
What are Common Symptoms of CO poisoning?
CO poisoning symptoms are similar to the flu, which can cause victims not to recognize the early signs. Look for the following:
- Chest pain; and
Who is at risk for Co-Poisoning?
Every person who is exposed to high levels of CO can be at risk.
However, the elderly, young children and people with the following conditions are at even greater risk:
- Respiratory conditions;
- Cardiovascular disease; and
- Anemia or sickle cell anemia.
What Can You Do to Prevent CO poisoning?
- Install a CO detector in your home.
- Replace the battery when you change your clocks each spring and fall.
- Place your CO detector where it will wake you if it is activated.
- Replace your CO detector every five years.
- Get your heating system, water heater, and any other fuel burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician annually.
- Make sure gas appliances are vented properly.
- Horizontal vent pipes for appliances should be angled upward slightly as they go toward outdoors,
- Do not cover a vent pipe.
- Do not burn charcoal indoors.
- Do not use a portable gas camp stove indoors.
- Do not use a generator inside your home, basement, or garage.
CO poisoning from Vehicles
- Check the exhaust system of your vehicle every year. A leak in the exhaust system can lead to a build-up of CO inside the vehicle.
- Never run your car inside a garage attached to a house – even if the garage door is open.
Contact a Carbon Monoxide Attorney to determine your rights
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a CO poisoning, contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys to discuss your situation. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling personal injury lawsuits. We will investigate the cause of the CO and identify the parties responsible for causing your injury. You may be able to recover financial compensation for your pain and suffering. Your initial consultation is always free and we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not collect any money unless and until we are successful in recovering money for you.