A Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer Represents Victims and Families
Known as a silent killer, carbon monoxide leaks can cause many serious and deadly poisoning accidents. Faulty appliances are often to blame, and can lead to devastating consequences. A qualified carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer can help determine liability and seek maximum compensation for your injuries. Our firm in San Diego, CA, have extensive experience investigating these types of cases and can work aggressively to recover appropriate compensation for injuries caused by negligent poisoning incidents, assisting victims and bereaved families. If carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning has harmed you or a loved one, our personal injury attorneys offer a complimentary case evaluation. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.
About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
CO poisoning is the most common type of unintentional poisoning in the United States. Reports indicate that more than 400 Americans die from accidental exposure each year, and thousands more require emergency medical treatment. This colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas is produced by burning fuel and is found in the fumes of automobiles, stoves, and furnaces.
Malfunctioning or leaking heaters, gas ranges, and other appliances are common sources of CO poisoning. Many accidents happen when portable generators are used during power outages or in boat cabins. Other poisoning accidents occur when vehicle motors are left running in an unventilated garage. Even smaller engines, such as lawn mowers and other landscaping equipment, can become dangerous when turned on in an enclosed space.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Signs of CO poisoning may include flu-like symptoms, such as headache, dizziness, muscle weakness, upset stomach, and vomiting. Victims may also experience chest pain and feelings of mental confusion. As the CO enters and builds in the blood stream, symptoms worsen and may include:
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Fast-paced breathing
- Visual impairment
Regular, lower-saturation CO poisoning can also be dangerous, with long-term exposure causing a build-up of toxins in the blood. This condition has been linked to the development of many adverse health conditions, including permanent brain damage. Children are particularly vulnerable to these effects and can suffer from the consequences for the rest of their lives.
Long-Term Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Survivors of CO poisoning face a long road to recovery and in tragic cases, some never fully recover. Victims may struggle with changes in intellectual functioning, memory loss, and changes in their emotional stability. CO poisoning can also cause permanent damage to major organs such as the heart. The potential for lasting brain damage is also higher for victims who were rendered unconscious.
Unfortunately, the lasting effects of CO poisoning are not always immediately apparent. Victims and their loved ones may notice these changes over several weeks or months following the incident. While these effects may eventually subside, for other survivors, they must deal with the damage for the rest of their lives.
In addition to the emergency medical treatment needed for CO poisoning victims, victims may also require other forms of long-term medical treatment or rehabilitation. This medical care can be costly, especially since the memory loss and emotional instability may have resulted in the victim losing their employment and other sources of income. Victims and families may struggle for months or years when coping with the effects of CO poisoning.
If a faulty appliance causes a CO leak, the manufacturer, marketer, or distributor of the product may be held liable. If these products did not come with detailed instructions for use and warnings about using them in well-ventilated areas, the manufacturer or distributor could also be liable. Additionally, CO poisoning is also common in apartment complexes, condominiums, and other multi-family dwellings. Landlords have a duty to properly maintain the property and all appliances therein. If they fail to do so and one or more tenants suffers CO poisoning, the landlord or owner of an apartment building may face liability for a malfunctioning appliance that was left in disrepair or warnings that were not properly displayed.
California CO Laws
As of 2013, California state law requires the installation of CO detectors in all multi-family dwelling units. These devices are also required in schools and private homes with an attached garage or fossil fuel source. Carbon monoxide detectors should be tested regularly and replaced every five to seven years. If these monitors are not properly maintained, property owners can be held liable for resulting CO poisoning.
Compensation for Victims and Families
Victims and their families may seek compensation for their injuries and losses when the CO poisoning they suffered was the result of negligence. In most cases, victims may pursue compensatory damage which can provide restitution for:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Reduced quality of life
A spouse may choose to pursue further damages for loss of consortium if the injuries sustained by the victim altered their mental state, personality, or behaviors, effectively changing the marital relationship. Loss of consortium damages are also common in wrongful death claims. Families of deceased victims can recover compensation for medical treatment, funeral expenses, and loss of income.
Carbon monoxide leaks are responsible for thousands of serious and deadly accidents each year, and our attorneys can provide the legal counsel victims and their families need.
In cases of gross negligence or intentional action, our lawyers can also help injured parties pursue punitive damages. The court may award this form of compensation to punish landlords or property owners that knowingly used faulty appliances or avoided providing required CO detectors in an effort to cut costs.
Receive Tireless Representation
Carbon monoxide leaks are responsible for thousands of serious and deadly accidents each year, and our attorneys can provide the legal counsel victims and their families need. If negligence is to blame for the injury or death of a loved one, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our attorneys have taken on many large insurance companies to successfully litigate these cases and secure compensation for our clients.
Our goal is to win an appropriate settlement that covers our clients’ economic damages and other losses. We have a strong reputation for success, attaining many significant recoveries for our clients. If you have been impacted by CO poisoning, please contact our firm online or call (858) 413-9228 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.