Carbon monoxide poisoning is often misunderstood by the public and even by medical professionals and attorneys. Carbon monoxide poisoning is very often fatal. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas, most people do not realize they are being exposed to carbon monoxide in time to get to safety. When individuals do survive, they are often left with serious, lifelong injuries, including brain injuries.
Exposure to carbon monoxide can result in serious side effects, and for some patients, these injuries may be permanent. When carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by the negligence of another individual or entity, such as a building owner, employer, or product manufacturer. Our attorneys may be able to hold these parties legally responsible for medical bills and other damages resulting from the exposure.
My legal team will launch a full investigation to determine how and why you were exposed to the gas. We can identify any parties that may be liable for your injuries, such as a property owner, maintenance company or even a product manufacturer, and will work with leading diagnostic experts who can help link your injuries to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Individuals can be exposed to carbon monoxide anywhere a combustion engine is found since these types of engines use gas, oil, kerosene and charcoal as fuel, all of which produce carbon monoxide when they are burned. Although combustion engines typically produce small amounts of carbon monoxide, if combustion of the gas is incomplete, or there is a leak in the system, dangerous levels of the gas can be released.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur when:
- Gas burning appliances do not burn properly
- Other combustion processes do not burn properly
- There is insufficient ventilation in the area
- Improper exhaust leads to unsafe concentrations of gas
Many cases of carbon monoxide poisoning go undiagnosed. Often, doctors struggle in diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning, as they are trying to identify a cause of brain damage in patients who have not fallen, been in a car accident, or experienced any other traumatic event. The early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may also mimic those of the flu, and contrary to popular belief, exposure to the gas does not always cause a loss of consciousness. Patients who are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning may experience confusion, speech and eyesight problems, and nausea, among other symptoms. Unfortunately, for some victims, their symptoms will not always resolve when they are removed from carbon monoxide exposure and they may be left with permanent neurological side effects.
If you or a family member have been exposed to carbon monoxide, and you think a personal injury claim is appropriate, you can trust in our years of experience with these difficult cases to help you navigate through this difficult process to a fantastic result.