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Long-term effects of severe carbon monoxide poisoning

In toxicology, dosage determines the case. In the same way, the severity of a carbon monoxide poisoning depends primarily on a person's exposure to it - the higher the dosage, the worse the poisoning.

People with mild carbon monoxide poisoning may recover fully and escape long-lasting side effects. On the other hand, people with moderate to severe poisoning may never be the same. Although they vary from person to person, certain long-term effects commonly follow severe carbon monoxide poisoning cases.

Because carbon monoxide poisoning results in hypoxic cell death, it affects the most oxygen-sensitive parts of the body, particularly the basal ganglia in the brain. Many severe poisonings cause permanent brain damage. Some of the identifiable long-term effects include physical, mental, and behavioral changes.

Physical Effects

  • Brain damage
  • Organ damage
  • Impaired motor function
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue upon physical or mental exertion
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Sensitivity to chemicals
  • Ringing in ears
  • Problems balancing
  • Reduced driving ability
  • Blurred vision
  • Compromised optical depth perception
  • Trouble focusing eyes
  • Decline in peripheral vision
  • Tremors and Parkinsonism
  • Arrhythmias
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Vertigo

Mental and Psychological Effects

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Decline in information processing and cognitive ability
  • Compromised short-term memory
  • Decreased language and reading skills
  • Decreased math skills
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to enjoy things once enjoyed
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • PTSD, including phobias relating to the CO poisoning

Behavioral Effects

  • Loss of maturity
  • Loss of personality
  • Restlessness and sleep disorders
  • Inability to converse with multiple people at once
  • Decreased social participation
  • Propensity to act out (cursing and misbehaving more, for example)

People with severe poisoning consistently experience combinations of these effects long-term. However, rehabilitation can help.

Therapies can dramatically curtail some long-term effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. Physical therapy can improve balance and fine motor coordination, for example. Cognitive training promotes recall and exercises mental functions. Psychological help aids with depression and anxiety commonly experienced after a severe poisoning.

While treatments like these help enormously, they can be very expensive. You need someone on your side to help you manage the associated medical and rehabilitative costs in addition to the lifelong health problems.

If you or a loved one has been affected by carbon monoxide poisoning that could have been prevented, you could recover compensation. Our carbon monoxide lawyers at the Wyatt Law Firm have years of experience handling carbon monoxide cases, and we know how to secure maximum compensation for our clients.

Call us today at 210-255-2231 for a free case review, or submit a confidential contact form via our website. We work strictly on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay us out of the case's winnings if we win: you have nothing to lose. We know incidents like these leave families weary and broken-hearted; let us carry what we can. We are here to serve you.

You can learn more about carbon monoxide poisoning here on our website and on our legal blog. For even more information on this topic, here are some other helpful links:

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