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Persons who have suffered brain damage, or the families of loved ones who have died from exposure to carbon monoxide due to a defective product or the negligence of another are welcome to contact Lieff Cabraser.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Issue: Asphyxiation
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: The "Invisible" Killer
Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is produced by burning fuel, such as gasoline, wood, paper, natural gas, or kerosene.
Cars, trucks, boats, recreational vehicles, fireplaces, wood stoves and pool heaters all pose a potential risk of carbon monoxide poisioning. Cooking or heating appliances when kept in good working condition produce little carbon monoxide (CO). However, improperly operating appliances, along with faulty camping equipment and outdoor gas stoves and malfunctioning kerosene space heaters, can produce fatal CO concentrations.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning
When inhaled, carbon monoxide CO quickly enters the blood stream and prevents oxygen from being transported to the body's cells. CO initially causes headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue.
Continued exposure can lead to irregularity of the heart, coma and death in minutes. For a complete list of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, click here.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Deaths and Lawsuits
It is estimated that each year carbon monoxide poisoning kills 5,000 persons in the U.S. and injures over 10,000 persons.
Many of these deaths are due to faulty or defective products, including lawn mowers, gas stoves, hot water heaters, furnaces, fireplaces or snow blowers.
Exposure can occur even in the outdoors. Cases have been reported of children who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from exposure to boat and jet-ski exhaust fumes.
Persons who have suffered brain damage, or the families of loved ones who have died, have filed lawsuits against the product manufacturers and/or property owners for the injuries they suffered.
Legal Rights of Injured Persons
Claims by persons injured due to carbon monoxide poisoning have included claims for negligence, strict liability for failure to warn, and strict liability for a defective product.
Damages sought in these cases include general and compensatory damages for:
- Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
- Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;
- Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; and
- In cases of wrongful death or serious injury, punitive damages.
Please note that we wish to and can only help those already diagnosed with major carbon monoxide-related injuries (or the families of victims killed by carbon monoxide). Those without major CO2 related injuries may wish to visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Medline Plus section on carbon monoxide, or the Health and Safety Executive pages on domestic gas health and safety.
We will review your claim for free and without any obligation on your part.