Carbon Monoxide Injury Lawyers
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer that kills and injures thousands of people each year. Vacationers, renters, and hotel guests are especially vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning. Because it is a
colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, it cannot be detected through our five senses, making it particularly deadly. Carbon monoxide is found in a wide variety of household appliances, tools, and everyday items, such as furnaces, hot water heaters, car exhaust, generators, wood-burning stoves, and power tools. Because it’s so common, it is also the most common form of fatal poisoning.
Although many people who have been exposed to carbon monoxide recover without permanent damage, some victims are not so fortunate. Because carbon monoxide prevents cells from getting adequate oxygen, carbon monoxide poisoning affects those parts of our body that need oxygen the most – the brain and the heart. Too much exposure to this dangerous substance can result in serious brain injury, permanent physical impairment, and death.
At the Klibaner Law Firm, we represent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning and families who have lost loved ones to this lethal gas. We care passionately about this special area of law, and we have made it a priority to educate our clients and their loved ones about the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and its prevention.
How Is Carbon Monoxide Produced?
Carbon monoxide is produced by gas-burning appliances, such as furnaces, hot water boilers, stoves, and gas dryers. Anything with exhaust produces carbon monoxide. The gas is created from
incomplete combustion and inadequate ventilation. When enough carbon monoxide is trapped in a poorly-ventilated space, it can cause physical injury and death. This means it’s possible to experience carbon monoxide poisoning even when you’re outside. Individuals who use charcoal grills, gas-fired generators, and motor boats outdoors are at risk if the carbon monoxide doesn’t have a chance to dissipate. Similarly, leaving your car running in a garage or outside in high snow puts you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
What Are the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide poisoning can range from mild to severe. The symptoms of early carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness – all symptoms of other ailments, including the flu. Because early symptoms mimic other illnesses, many emergency rooms don’t suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, nor do they test for it. Unless an individual is brought into the ER unconscious, the diagnosis may be missed.
When carbon monoxide poisoning is severe, it causes significant – sometimes irreversible – brain damage. Symptoms of brain injury due to carbon monoxide poisoning include loss of short term memory, inability to track when reading, and difficulty with mental tasks that previously posed no problem. Carbon monoxide poisoning can adversely affect hearing and balance and may result in seizures. In the very worst cases, it leaves the victim in a permanently unconscious state, with no brain activity.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Family
If you suspect you have been exposed to excessive levels of carbon monoxide, you should:
- Get away from the source of the poisoning immediately
- Contact your local gas company or fire department so they can accurately measure the carbon
monoxide that may have built up in your home
Carbon monoxide poisoning injures countless numbers of unsuspecting individuals each year,
especially in the winter. Families can protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning by installing carbon monoxide detectors on every level of their homes and by making sure that all the appliances in the home are operating properly with adequate ventilation.
Denver, Colorado Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured from exposure to carbon monoxide, we want to hear from you. Fill out our online contact form to have your case reviewed or call our office to set up a free consultation. We will answer your questions promptly and explain your legal options. Contact us today at 303-863-1445 to discuss your case.