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.
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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:
Get outside to fresh air immediately.
After leaving the home, or another enclosed area, call 911 to report your symptoms.
Tell your doctor or ER physician that you believe you have been exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide.
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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What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is often referred to as the “invisible” killer due to its odorless, tasteless, and colorless quality, which makes it difficult to detect. Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels like gasoline, oil, kerosene, wood, and charcoal are burned but don’t fully combust.
What causes carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide poisoning is usually caused by faulty installation or ventilation design. It can also be caused by a failure to maintain furnaces, heaters, fireplaces, and other fuel burning features in homes, vehicles, or buildings.
How many people does carbon monoxide poisoning affect?
An average of 500 people are killed, and thousands become ill every year from CO poisoning.
Who is responsible for carbon monoxide poisoning?
Those responsible for CO poisoning include property owners and companies that design, install, or maintain fuel burning appliances.
What should I do if I think I may have been exposed to carbon monoxide?
The first thing you should do is leave the source of the carbon monoxide poisoning and call 911 or see a doctor immediately. Next, contact a fire department to identify the source of the CO poisoning and don’t use the fuel-burning appliance until it is repaired or replaced.