Our carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers help those seriously injured or killed as a result of this deadly gas. Carbon monoxide affects thousands of people annually. This gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and is virtually undetectable, which is why it is often called the silent killer.
While carbon monoxide poisoning is a known industrial hazard, people are often harmed by this the gas in other circumstances. Carbon monoxide can kill in the home from a furnace leak or improper ventilation. It can also occur in boats and recreational vehicles (RVs) from improper maintenance of generators or engines. There have even been instances of carbon monoxide poisoning at the work place.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless colorless gas. In high concentrations it causes asphyxiation and death. What makes this substance so deadly is that the carbon monoxide molecules bind with the hemoglobin in red blood cells. This the oxygen in our blood stream. When this oxygen is displaced, it cannot be delivered to the brain or other organs. This often leads to carbon monoxide death.
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention estimates 500 people die from CO exposure every year. There are 15,000 hospital trips per year are attributed to CO. Because the gas is undetectable by smell, a leak can go undetected for a long period of time. By the time the leak becomes apparent, the damage is done. The scary aspect of this substance is that victims are often injured or even killed without knowing anything was occurring.
These are the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning:
If you have any of these carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms, they can be life threatening. If a loved one has any of these signs of CO poisoning, call 911 immediately and ensure emergency medical support is on the way. Make sure you get the person into fresh air and away from any heating system or other source of CO so long term damage can be minimized.
Every year victims are seriously injured from CO producing devices. The following can lead to exposure to carbon monoxide:
Our lawyers investigate the unique facts of each case to determine who was responsible for the leak. The list of people we investigate include:
Carbon monoxide poisoning can often be prevented. Proper maintenance of all appliances is extremely important. Also, installing a CO monitor in your home can easily detect a problem before someone is hurt. Unfortunately, according to the National Fire Protection Association, currently only 15% of Americans have a CO monitor in their home.
We recommend a CO detector in every room where there is a potential source of carbon monoxide. This would include the room immediately adjacent to the garage and the kitchen. We also recommend placement in every bedroom or other place where people sleep.
In addition to detectors, we recommend:
If you were injured or a loved one was killed by a carbon monoxide leak we can help. It is important to speak with an experienced lawyer who can investigate all sources of potential liability. Most of the time, homeowners insurance will provide coverage for injuries or death resulting from monoxide CO poisoning.
We will ensure all the proper claims are opened with all available insurance companies. Under Missouri law, more than one entity or person may be responsible for a CO related injury or death. Our attorneys will investigate all potential claims and develop a plan for your case.
Our goal is to ensure justice prevails in your case and that fair compensation is obtained. Often people worry about the cost of hiring a carbon monoxide lawyer. Our attorneys charge nothing to work on your case. We only get paid if we recover money damages for you.
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