Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Helping victims of carbon monoxide poisoning in Maine

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Often called the “silent” or “invisible” killer, carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, and can quickly cause brain damage and death in high concentrations.

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is produced when various fuels, such as gasoline, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal, don’t fully combust. Faulty installation, poor design, or improper maintenance of furnaces, heaters, fireplaces, and other common fuel-burning appliances can cause carbon monoxide to build up inside homes, offices, vehicles, and other enclosed spaces.

An estimated 500 people are killed, and several thousand become ill, each year in the U.S. because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Property owners and companies that design, install, and maintain fuel-burning stoves, appliances, and other equipment are responsible for keeping the public safe from carbon monoxide. If they fail in that duty and people are harmed, our carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers are prepared to hold them accountable, and to ensure full compensation for the victims and their families.

Carbon monoxide poisoning cases require the best and most experienced lawyers

Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S. We have obtained several of the largest jury verdicts in Maine history, and many of the largest settlements for our clients. We have recovered $1 billion for our injured clients.

Our defective products attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about medical issues and skilled at proving fault, documenting the extent of your losses, and ensuring you receive full compensation.

Helping in all aspects of your recovery: Financial, physical, and emotional

We understand what’s at stake for our clients. There is only one opportunity to build your case and recover a favorable settlement or jury verdict. No other firm in Maine can commit more experience, expertise, and resources for your case than Berman & Simmons. We will do everything in our power to hold the responsible parties accountable and to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

While we work to maximize your financial recovery, we also can serve as a partner for your physical and emotional recovery. Our lawyers and staff members will take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and come up with helpful solutions to make your life easier.

From day one, we will assist you in obtaining any necessary referrals to specialists for medical and mental health care. We can arrange payment or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We will also help you navigate the complex maze of medical insurance and disability programs.

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Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S., having won many of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained for injured people in Maine.

Our trial lawyers have won thousands of claims on behalf of those injured in a car accident, and each year we build on that successful track record.

Our attorneys and staff members will take the time to listen to you, work to understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We help you recover and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries and loss.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Tips and Tools:

Carbon monoxide poisoning is often overlooked or misdiagnosed when a sick individual seeks medical attention, as early symptoms such as nausea, headache, dizziness, and fatigue are common for many ailments including colds or the flu. Higher levels of CO poisoning result in more severe symptoms including confusion, vomiting, loss of muscle coordination, and loss of consciousness. If you think you are experiencing any of the symptoms of CO poisoning:

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    Get outside to fresh air immediately.

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    After leaving the home, or another enclosed area, call 911 to report your symptoms.

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    Tell your doctor or ER physician that you believe you have been exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide.

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    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.

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FAQs

  • What do I prepare for the first call or meeting with you?

    For your first meeting with us, simply tell us your story and explain in your own words what happened and how your life has been affected. If you’re meeting with us in person, you can bring notes about what happened to you, driver insurance information, names of any witnesses, photos of the accident damages or injuries, medical records, and other related paperwork if you have it and if it’s applicable, but that information isn’t necessary. Really all you need to do is be yourself, speak with us honestly, and be willing to tackle your problems with us.

    Initial conversations between potential clients and our staff members are often done over the phone. Rest assured that everything we discuss is confidential and protected under law.

  • How much will a lawyer cost me?

    The lawyers at Berman & Simmons work on a contingency basis. That means you pay nothing up front and nothing unless we settle or win your case. We will consult with you, evaluate your situation, and do initial research free of charge. This is true even if we decide you don’t have a valid claim. We will also cover all necessary case expenses and you will not be obligated to reimburse us until and unless we recover monies on your behalf. if we do take your case and win a settlement or a jury verdict in your favor, a percentage of the compensation goes to pay for our costs and the work done by our legal team.

  • How will I know if I have a case?

    To pursue a case, we will need to prove that you suffered a substantial personal injury and the injury was directly caused by the negligence of another party. A bad result alone is not enough to establish negligence. We let you know upfront if we are able to move forward with the legal process, or if we don’t think you have a case. Generally, we will know if you have a case after our first phone call or meeting.

    If we believe you have a valid claim and decide to move forward with litigation, our attorneys and staff will then take it from there and do everything else that needs to be done, including obtaining and reviewing records relevant to your case, such as accident reports and other law enforcement documents, employer records, medical records, and other information.

  • How long will it take to resolve my case?

    Every case is different, and there is no way to predict how long it will take for your case to be resolved. Some cases end in a matter of months, while the most complex and challenging cases, such as a medical malpractice case, can span several years. The vast majority of cases, however, are resolved before a trial and usually within a year.

    The goal is to make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, no matter how long it takes whether that comes in the form of a pre-trial settlement, or with a jury verdict in your favor.

  • How much is my case worth?

    There are many factors that need to be considered when determining the value of your case. Every case is unique and it takes a team effort — including your attorney, staff researchers, and outside experts — to determine the extent of your damages and how much your case is worth. There are two types of damages for which you could receive
    compensation: Economic and non-economic.

    If your case goes to trial and a jury agrees you deserve compensation, the jury members will decide how much the money you should receive for each category of damages.

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