Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 430 people pass away in the United States per year from carbon monoxide poisoning in their homes. About 50,000 people in the United States visit urgent cares and hospitals due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning is more likely to happen while the homeowner is asleep. During this time, the body needs oxygen the most. Although carbon monoxide cases are not very common, it is a tragic and unfortunate situation to be in. It is important to get assistance from an experienced carbon monoxide attorney to better determine if you have a legal claim, and ensure the maximum compensation. Our experienced carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys will pursue your carbon monoxide case, and make sure you receive just compensation for your injuries.
What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide is considered to be a toxic gas, and is the number one cause of death poisoning in the United States. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when a person inhales carbon monoxide rather than oxygen. When carbon monoxide particles overpower oxygen in the bloodstream, carbon monoxide poisoning will result. Although the cases are very rare, carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most difficult and complicated treatments to deal with. Not only does carbon monoxide poisoning affect humans, but pets and animals as well. Carbon monoxide is a gas that cannot be seen nor smelled. This gas is a product of burning wood or charcoal. Common reasons for carbon monoxide leaks are improper ventilation in rooms and failing to maintain carbon monoxide detectors.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms
Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to very severe symptoms, and oftentimes even death. Some describe carbon monoxide poisoning as having symptoms similar to the flu. Some symptoms of carbon monoxide include:
- Shortness of breath
- Vision changes
Long Term Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide has several different long-term side effects that those poisoned must have to live with. That’s why it’s important to seek legal assistance immediately to get compensation for these long-term effects. Long-term side effects include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Possibility of a heart attack
- Possibility of getting vertigo (a disease that makes one feel as if the room is constantly spinning)
- Hearing loss
- Vision loss
- Memory problems
- Death to unborn babies
- Chest pains
- Damage to lungs
- Organ damage
Parties in a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claim
Although everyone could experience carbon monoxide poisoning, there are specific groups that are most susceptible and vulnerable to risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. These groups include:
- Children: younger adults and children breathe air more quickly, and so need more oxygen. Therefore, they are more likely to be done carbon monoxide
- Older adults: because older adults may have immunocompromised sicknesses, they’re more likely to experience difficulties and severe carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms
- Unborn babies: unborn babies need more oxygen, and so are more susceptible to breathing in carbon monoxide
Defendant Parties in a Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit
There are many different defendants in a carbon monoxide poisoning case. Although it depends on a case-by-case basis, our experience carbon monoxide attorneys will work to determine the situation and the entity that has caused the carbon monoxide poisoning. Oftentimes, carbon monoxide poisoning is not caused by the person’s own negligence, rather, the negligence of other parties. Examples of defendants include:
- Manufacturers of defective carbon monoxide detectors
- Companies who install defective carbon monoxide detectors
- Employers who fail to install proper carbon monoxide detectors
- Hotels that fail to install proper carbon monoxide detectors
- Car mechanics who fail to inspect and maintain car engines
- Some states make it the landlord’s duty to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors. Failure to properly maintain a carbon monoxide detector could make the landlord liable for the tenant’s injuries.
Why Call a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorney?
It is important to get in contact with a carbon monoxide poisoning attorney immediately after you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a result of the poisoning. Our attorneys will work to determine if the injuries have been caused by another person’s negligence and take action to file a lawsuit against them in court. It is important to file a legal action within the statute of limitations for the specific state you are located in. Different states have different statute of limitations. California has a three-year statute of limitations where claims must be brought within that time. Check out our page on the statute of limitations for medical malpractice for more information.
How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Although you cannot prevent an accident completely, there are various steps one can take to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home: make sure you constantly maintain the carbon monoxide detectors by replacing their batteries twice a year. Currently, the new carbon monoxide detectors are digital and have screens that are easily readable and alert the homeowner when it needs to be maintained.
- Do not place a generator inside your home. If you do, make sure that it is in a well-ventilated area.
- Do not burn charcoal indoors. When burning charcoal, there’s several carbon monoxide particles that can enter the air.
- If you have a generator, make sure that it is connected to your carbon monoxide detector so the detector could still work despite having no electricity.
- If you have a chimney, make sure you maintain your chimney once a year. Carbon monoxide could get trapped in chimneys.
- If there is some type of odor you smell in your home, make sure to call the carbon monoxide expert to determine if there has been a carbon monoxide leak from any of the home appliances. This is usually the first indication to a carbon monoxide leak.
- Open your garage door when starting your car. Cars are also the number one cause of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Use gas appliances rather than electric appliances. Gas appliances give off an apparent smell when there is a carbon monoxide leak.
Our team of personal injury attorneys is experienced in different types of carbon monoxide poisoning cases. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, contact our experienced Los Angeles attorneys today for a free consultation. We are always readily available for our clients with accessible offices in Los Angeles, Fresno, Sacramento, Irvine and Las Vegas. Heidari Law Group will be there to assist you in building a successful case.
if you believe you have experienced carbon monoxide poisoning, please call our office today for free consultation to determine your legal case and better strategize maximum compensation for your injuries. Carbon monoxide poisoning has long-term effects, and so it is important to receive legal assistance immediately.
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