Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Each year, carbon monoxide poisoning kills at least 400 Americans and seriously injures more than 20,000 others.1

Given that carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas, it is virtually undetectable by the human senses. This means that understanding the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be crucial to:

  • Knowing when to seek medical attention to prevent further health complications
  • Protecting yourself and your family
  • Saving lives.

Initial Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Understanding the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can help you know when to seek medical care and legal help, experienced Denver personal injury attorneys explain.

Understanding the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can help you know when to seek medical care and legal help, experienced Denver personal injury attorneys explain.

Generally, carbon monoxide poisoning is accompanied by symptoms that, initially, are similar to those associated with the flu. These initial carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms can include (but may not be limited to):

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness and general fatigue.

Symptoms of More Severe Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

As carbon monoxide builds up in the blood and the condition becomes more severe, the symptoms will also intensify and will typically include (but may not be limited to):

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Drowsiness
  • Vision problems
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heartrate
  • Chest pain
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness.

When to See a Doctor

Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur quickly or can take some time to develop, depending on how people are exposed to this deadly gas. While it is important to see a doctor as soon as you believe that you or a loved one has experienced carbon monoxide poisoning, some indications that you may want to seek medical attention for possible CO poisoning can include that:

  • You are developing headaches, mild nausea and/or breathing problems indoors.
  • Your symptoms go away when leaving a building but return when you reenter it.
  • Other people who work and/or live with you are experiencing the same symptoms as you.

When to Contact Lawyer

After being exposed to carbon monoxide and getting treatment for CO poisoning, consulting with a lawyer is advisable. This is because CO poisoning commonly arises from some type of negligence or carelessness, such as that of a building owner who has failed to install CO monitors in a residence or a facility or a manufacturer whose faulty equipment exposes people to dangerous amounts of CO gas.

By contacting an attorney, you can get experienced help:

  • Determining when negligence has contributed to carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Figuring who is liable for your injuries and losses
  • Pursuing the compensation and justice you may deserve.
Experienced Denver Personal Injury Attorneys at the Klibaner Law Firm

Have you or a loved one experienced carbon monoxide poisoning? If so, the Denver personal injury attorneys at the Klibaner Law Firm are here for you, ready to aggressively advocate your rights and help you obtain compensation.

At the Klibaner Law Firm, our lawyers are passionate about defending the rights and interests of people who have been injured by others’ carelessness, recklessness and negligence.

For more than three decades, our Denver carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys have been helping our clients bring their cases to successful resolutions, and we are ready to put our experience, skills and resources to work helping you.

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  • You will be able to discuss your case directly with one of our experienced attorneys.
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1: According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention