A Guide to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent and deadly threat that can affect anyone, regardless of age or health. Every year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and thousands more are hospitalized. As a personal injury law firm, we at Brewster & De Angelis are committed to helping our clients stay safe from this invisible danger. In this blog post, we will provide practical tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and discuss the legal rights of victims.

Understanding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is produced when fuel-burning appliances, vehicles, and other devices are not properly ventilated. When inhaled, CO can interfere with the body's ability to absorb oxygen, leading to serious health issues and even death. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion.

Preventing CO Poisoning in Your Home

There are several steps you can take to protect your family from CO poisoning:

  • Install CO detectors: The best way to prevent CO poisoning is to install CO detectors on every level of your home, especially near bedrooms. Test them monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Maintain your appliances: Schedule regular maintenance for your fuel-burning appliances, such as furnaces, water heaters, and stoves, to ensure they are working properly and safely.
  • Inspect your vents and chimneys: Make sure your vents and chimneys are clear of debris, which can block the release of CO.
  • Never use outdoor appliances indoors: Avoid using outdoor appliances, such as grills and generators, inside your home or garage, as they can produce dangerous levels of CO.
  • Know the signs: Be aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning and take action immediately if you suspect exposure.

Legal Rights for CO Poisoning Victims

If you or a family member has suffered from CO poisoning due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Some common scenarios where negligence may be involved include:

  • Defective products: If a faulty appliance or device is responsible for the CO leak, the manufacturer may be held liable for the resulting injuries.
  • Landlord negligence: Landlords have a duty to provide safe and habitable living conditions for their tenants. If a landlord fails to properly maintain appliances or provide CO detectors, they may be held responsible for any injuries that occur as a result.
  • Workplace exposure: Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for their employees. If a worker is exposed to CO on the job due to inadequate ventilation or other safety violations, the employer may be held liable.

At Brewster & De Angelis, our experienced personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping CO poisoning victims recover the compensation they deserve. We understand the devastating effects this silent killer can have on individuals and families, and we are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.

Contact Brewster & De Angelis today at (918) 265-1214 or online to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team. We will thoroughly investigate your case and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.