Atlanta Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claim
NOTE: Our law firm does not handle these cases. This article is for informational purposes only. Information found in the article does not constitute as formal legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship.
Carbon monoxide (CO) can kill quickly and without warning. It is colorless and odorless. A person may die before they realize something is wrong. Defective equipment may emit CO gas. Defective or non-functional carbon monoxide detectors could contribute to the cause of injury or death.
An Atlanta premises liability lawyer will work with clients to recover compensation for injuries caused by CO poisoning. We can also help with wrongful death claims when a loved one dies because of faulty or defective equipment.
An Atlanta Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help You with a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claim
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause severe injuries and long-term impairments. If you were injured or lost a loved one because of carbon monoxide poisoning, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages.
However, holding a property owner or corporation liable for CO poisoning can be challenging. You need evidence proving your allegations of fault, causation, and damages. Fighting a claim can be time-consuming, expensive, and frustrating.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect them to:
- Explain your legal rights and the laws applicable in your case
- Conduct an exhaustive investigation into the circumstances that led to your injury
- Work with medical experts, engineers, product designers, and other expert witnesses to gather evidence and build a case
- Document your damages and calculate the value of your claim
- Monitor filing deadlines and file all insurance claims and lawsuits
- Aggressively pursue maximum compensation through settlement negotiations and during a trial
How Does Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Occur?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 400 people die in the United States each year from CO poisoning not linked to fires or house fires. More than 20,000 people are treated in emergency rooms, and over 4,000 people are hospitalized for unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning accidents.
Because carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, you cannot tell that you are exposed to the gas until you begin experiencing symptoms. Unfortunately, some people do not recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning until it is too late.
Carbon monoxide is found in the fumes produced by burning fossil fuels. Fossil-burning appliances are one of the most common sources of CO poisoning cases.
Sources of carbon monoxide include, but are not limited to:
- Motor vehicles
- Boat engines
- Gas stoves
- Hot water heaters
- Gasoline generators
- Kerosene heaters
Anything that burns fossil fuels such as wood, coal, oil, and gas produces carbon monoxide. Even the smoke from cigarettes produces CO gas.
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when someone inhales CO gas, especially in an enclosed space. As the gas builds up in the bloodstream, it replaces oxygen in the red blood cells, causing injuries or death.
Common Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The symptoms of CO poisoning include:
- Chest pain
- Impaired vision
- Reduced brain function
- Impaired vision and coordination
- Flu-like symptoms that clear up when you leave a specific area, such as your home
The higher the level of carbon monoxide, the greater the risk of death or permanent disability. Everyone is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning if they are exposed to the gas. However, elderly individuals, infants, and people with breathing problems and heart disease are at a higher risk of becoming ill or dying from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Who is Responsible for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Injuries?
A carbon monoxide leak is generally undetectable without a CO detector. One or more parties could be liable for damages when a person is injured due to CO poisoning. Potential parties that might be responsible for your damages include, but are not limited to:
- Property owners, landlords, and property management companies may be liable under a premises liability claim
- Manufacturers of defective products or products without adequate warnings and instructions for use
- Maintenance and repair companies that perform negligent work
- Builders, developers, and contractors of commercial and residential property
- Automobile and boat engine manufacturers
- Employers and third-party contractors
You must prove that the party was negligent in causing your injury from carbon monoxide poisoning and that you sustained damages because of the negligence. Negligent parties may be held liable for economic and non-economic damages, including pain & suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.
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If you have questions about filing a carbon monoxide poisoning claim.