Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include: headache, chest pain, nausea, and even death. Our firm is working with some of the more experienced lawyers handling these types of cases, who can file a carbon monoxide lawsuit on your behalf and charge no fee until you obtain a settlement or award. Feel free to give us a call toll free anytime or contact us online for a free consultation.
What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. It is the number one cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. This gas poses a serious danger because it is nearly impossible to identify without a CO detector. Fortunately, placement of these detectors has become common in homes, yet poisonings still cause about 15,000 emergency room visits and 500 deaths each year. These cases may result because of a malfunctioning detector or by exposure to CO from automobiles, gas appliances, and other fuel burning machines.
This gas is dangerous because as it is inhaled, it replaces the oxygen in the bloodstream with poison. At high concentrations, this gas can starve vital organs, such as the heart and brain, of oxygen. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), people begin to notice symptoms like headache, fatigue, and nausea when carbon monoxide levels reach 70 parts per million (ppm). The CPSC also warns that sustained exposure to gas levels between 150 to 200 ppm can cause serious symptoms, and even death. This type of poisoning can also cause neurological changes that do not physically manifest until weeks or months after the initial poisoning. These manifestations eventually include short-term memory loss, dementia, amnesia, psychosis, speech problems, and depression.
What Causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
The gas may be created whenever coal, gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, or wood is burned. Some types of appliances that may be of concern include: gas powered furnaces, generators, tools, and water heaters. Additionally, automobiles, charcoal grills, and propane heaters create this gas. Oftentimes, excessive carbon monoxide is created by these things when they are not working properly. This means the negligence of an appliance manufacturer, construction company, property owner, or repairman may be the root cause of excessive exposure. Companies that manufacture CO-producing products have a duty to design them free of defects and provide reasonable warnings and instructions. In recent years, several recalls have been issued for these types of appliances. The CPSC has announced recalls for Electrolux ICON and Kenmore PRO 30” gas ranges, as well as Williamson-Thermoflo GWS and Weil-McLain CGs gas boilers. Additionally, the CPSC announced the recall of 45,000 Brinkman Outdoor Tabletop Heaters.
Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit
In March 2013, the family of a U.S. Marine filed a carbon monoxide lawsuit after he died from CO poisoning in his girlfriend’s apartment in Meridian, Idaho. The complaint names the apartment complex, property management, plumber, and water heater manufacturer as defendants. The suit alleges that the defendants were aware of the dangerous condition and did not take reasonable steps to fix it.
Coleman, a leading manufacturer of outdoor gear, has been the subject of several lawsuits for CO-related deaths caused by its propane heaters. In December 2006, two lawsuits were filed against the company after four people died using the Coleman 5045 PowerMate heater. In one case, a woman filed a complaint after her husband and father were killed on a hunting trip earlier in the year. The hunting party used the heater in their trailer while they slept with the windows open. In the second case, a complaint was filed on behalf of a 5-year-old boy who lost his father and sister. They died while using the heater in their panel truck. Earlier in 2005, a jury in Florida awarded $10.1 million to a woman who lost her husband and son. The two men used a Coleman propane heater in their tent as they slept.
Have You Been Injured From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
If you or a loved one has been injured by carbon monoxide poisoning, you may want to file a claim. A lawyer with experience handling personal injury claims may be able to help you with important personal and legal decisions. Our firm is working with lawyers across the country, who handle these types of cases, and could help you pursue your carbon monoxide poisoning case.
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