Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to lasting injuries or death.
The lawyers at the Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC, can represent you and your loved ones to secure compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Can you sue for carbon monoxide poisoning with the help of our Oklahoma City firm?
An Attorney Can Help
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Victims:
Prove NegligenceIf a landlord, manufacturer of a carbon monoxide detector, or other party is responsible for your injury, our attorneys can gather the evidence needed to prove third-party negligence.
Collect CompensationCO poisoning can require extensive medical care with exorbitant costs. When it results in fatality, the repercussions can be devastating for loved ones. We fight to secure the maximum compensation for victims.
Focus on HealingFighting to protect your own rights while dealing with the many repercussions of CO poisoning can be virtually impossible. Enlist an attorney with Tawwater Law who can pursue justice while you focus on healing.
What Is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is found in combustion fumes, like those emitted from cars, heaters, and gas stoves. It has no color, smell, or taste. The fumes can collect in poorly ventilated areas, and when the fumes are inhaled, it can cause a range of symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and weakness that are easy to mistake for symptoms of other issues. CO poisoning can result in brain damage or death.
Since we cannot sense carbon monoxide without help, utility companies add a chemical to natural gas to help make it detectable. However, if this chemical is not present, it is all too easy for an accurate diagnosis of CO poisoning to be too late. This is why carbon monoxide detectors are so important in homes and businesses.
Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is one of the most common fatal poisonings that can occur, and is caused when victims - which often includes both adults and young children - inhale the gas. Carbon monoxide is produced when natural gas burns, and therefore individuals are at the risk of exposure wherever combustion engines are present. These engines typically produce small quantities of carbon monoxide, but a dangerous amount of the gas may escape into the air due to a leak, or if there is incomplete oxidation during the burning process.
Malfunctioning appliances and machinery are major causes of CO poisoning. Other common sources of CO include:
- Improperly ventilated vehicles
- Gas heaters
- Hot water heaters
- Charcoal grills
- Cooking stoves
- Wood-burning stoves
Many different parties can be held responsible, depending on the circumstances. For example, if poisoning has occurred because a landlord has failed to maintain certain amenities, you may have grounds for a premises liability suit.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Is a Serious Problem
Injuries Caused by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Often, CO poisoning can be difficult to detect, and the victim may not realize the source of their discomfort or symptoms until it is too late. Mild cases of CO poisoning can represent as symptoms that are often mistaken for a virus or the flu. Depending on the amount of gas inhaled, signs of CO poisoning can include headaches, nausea, a decrease in visual acuity, abdomen pain, and loss of consciousness. Severe cases of poisoning can cause long-term injuries including brain damage, seizures, mental impairment, neurological deficits, comas, or even death.
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to CO poisoning, contact our team immediately so we can begin working on your claim.
How Your Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
The attorneys of Tawwater Law Firm fight for the rights of the individuals who have been harmed because of others' negligence or wrongdoing. CO poisoning can have potentially debilitating consequences, and a dedicated personal injury attorney at our law firm can help seek the damages you need and deserve. We can thoroughly investigate every facet of your case using advanced technology, and if needed perform accident reconstruction, enlist the help of experts, collect the required records, and interview any witnesses to build a strong case. If you or your loved ones have been affected because of malfunctioning appliances, improper maintenance, lack of CO monitors, or other situations, we can help.
Depending on your injuries, your lawyer can seek compensation for damages including:
- Loss of wages
- Medical and hospital bills
- Decreased income potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Rehabilitation costs
- Financial losses of dependents in case of a wrongful death
Who Can Be Held Liable?
If you rent a home or apartment and your landlord failed to install working carbon monoxide detectors according to state laws, they can be held liable for any resulting carbon monoxide poisoning.
Business owners are also subject to certain requirements regarding the installation of carbon monoxide detectors. When violations result in injuries to guests or employees, the owner can be held liable.
If a landlord or business owner installs a properly working carbon monoxide detector that malfunctions, the manufacturer of the CO detector can be held responsible for resulting carbon monoxide poisoning.