Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyers

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. Carbon monoxide lawyer

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.

What is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?

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.

Carbon monoxide symptoms

These are the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • upset stomach;
  • sensitivity to light and sound;
  • extreme fatigue;
  • headache / dizziness;
  • flu-like symptoms;
  • brain damage; and
  • loss of consciousness

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.

What are the sources that expose people to deadly carbon monoxide?

Every year victims are seriously injured from CO producing devices. The following can lead to exposure to carbon monoxide:

  • portable room furnaces / lanterns;
  • space heaters;
  • boilers;
  • lawn mowers;
  • chain saws;
  • burning appliances;
  • barbecue grills;
  • camping lanterns;
  • stoves;
  • gas ranges;
  • charcoal grills;
  • water heaters;
  • fireplaces;
  • incomplete combustion
  • motor vehicles; and
  • recreational vehicles (RVs).

Who can be held responsible for carbon monoxide poisoning death or injury? St. Louis carbon monoxidelawyer

Our lawyers investigate the unique facts of each case to determine who was responsible for the leak. The list of people we investigate include:

  • Owners of the premise or vehicle;
  • Maintenance companies;
  • Home builders;
  • Contractors;
  • Landlords;
  • Service technicians;
  • Manufacturers of defective products; and
  • Apartment complex managers.

How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

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:

  • Testing your CO monitor monthly, including checking the batteries;
  • Inspecting the color of the flame on your appliances. If the color of the flame is orange, CO may be present;
  • Inspecting your chimney to ensure that it is unobstructed;
  • Have a certified technician inspect your water and heating appliances to ensure that they are operating properly; and
  • Always use the exhaust fan on your stove.

Free legal consultations on all carbon monoxide accident cases. Ryan Bradley AV Ratin

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.

Contingency fees

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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