Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. It is produced by combustion engines that burn oil, gas, kerosene, or charcoal as fuel. This gas is very difficult to detect because it is colorless, odorless, and has no taste. Many people install carbon monoxide detectors, which can sound an alarm when carbon monoxide levels reach too high in a home.
If you or someone you care about was injured by carbon monoxide exposure, you should investigate whether you have a valid legal claim. Contact one of the carbon monoxide injury or death lawyers at Premier Law Group today.
Legal Liability for Injury or Death
There are many situations in which a person might have a lawsuit for injury or death caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. Some of the more common include:
- A defective carbon monoxide detector does not work as expected and does not alert people inside a home of dangerous gas levels. As a result, a person suffers serious injury or even death. In this situation, a person might have a legal claim against the manufacturer for producing a defective product.
- A landlord does not install a carbon monoxide detector or does not properly service one. As a result, a tenant is seriously injured or killed. In this example, a person might have a lawsuit against the landlord.
- A landlord runs a generator too close to an apartment building, leading to carbon monoxide poisoning. The landlord could be sued.
- A malfunctioning vehicle exposes occupants to high doses of carbon monoxide. In this example, the manufacturer of the vehicle could be sued.
The above are only some of the more common situations where innocent victims are exposed to dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide. There are others. If you were injured, or if a loved one died, please contact one of our attorneys for a free case review.
Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Many people suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning do not know what is wrong. Doctors also might struggle to properly diagnose a person with this type of poisoning.
Common signs that you have been exposed to too much carbon monoxide include:
- Blurred vision or difficulty seeing
- Chest pain
- Nausea or vomiting
Some people also pass out, though not all victims of carbon monoxide poisoning lose consciousness.
Compensation for Carbon Monoxide Injury
Our clients are eligible for compensation for any of the following that can be attributed to the exposure to carbon monoxide:
- Medical bills
- Lost income or lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
The amount depends on the circumstances. Some victims can physically recover from the poisoning, especially when the exposure was of a short duration. However, those who suffered significant poisoning might be left with permanent neurological damage that can require lifelong medical assistance and prevent a person from ever working again.
Compensation for a Wrongful Death due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If a loved one died, surviving family members might bring a wrongful death claim. Generally, a surviving spouse can file the lawsuit, or children of the deceased. In other situations, parents and siblings can file, or the estate’s personal representative can bring the lawsuit.
The purpose of this suit is to compensate for the loss of a loved one. Many clients have qualified for compensation for:
- The income or wages the deceased would have earned had they lived
- The pain and suffering the deceased experienced before death
- Medical bills related to the carbon monoxide poisoning
- Expenses related to funeral or burial
Many of our clients can also receive compensation for the loss of companionship and care. These types of intangible losses can be difficult to tabulate monetary terms, so meeting with an attorney is critical to properly evaluating a claim.
What to Do after Injury or a Loved One’s Death
Because carbon monoxide poisoning is difficult to diagnose, many people do not know that they have been victimized and have valid legal claims. If you suspect carbon monoxide caused injury, we recommend that you contact an attorney quickly.
If you had a carbon monoxide detector in the home, don’t throw it out. Your attorney will want to look at it to see if it was defective in design or manufacture, or if a maintenance tech did not properly fix it. If you believe another product caused injury, like a defective car engine, you should also preserve it.
Reach out to Premier Law Group Today
Carbon monoxide injuries and deaths are often preventable, but negligence ultimately sends our clients to the emergency room. If you need help bringing a claim, Premier Law Group can assist you. We are very well trained in these types of injuries and deaths and will be there to assist you along the way. These cases can be complicated and we want to be there to help you through the process. Please schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.