Carbon monoxide poisonings seem to increase during the colder months of the year. The heating systems that people use can put people at risk if they are not properly maintained or used as directed. Unfortunately, because carbon monoxide is so hard to detect, several die or suffer from serious illnesses before they are even aware of what is actually happening.
We help with a lot of carbon monoxide cases, and we wanted to take a moment to address some of the common questions we get about the issue to help you learn more about these cases, and what you need to look out for going forward.
What are some of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?
This can happen with little to no warning, so it’s important to know how to spot it in your home. It might be an unexplained headache or weakness. You might feel dizzy or lightheaded. It can even have symptoms that are like the stomach flu, including throwing up. If everyone in your house is suddenly experiencing these symptoms at the same time, you should get a carbon monoxide detector as soon as possible, if you do not already have one.
What are some of the most frequent sources of carbon monoxide?
Many different devices can be responsible for emitting carbon monoxide. Motor vehicles are probably the most common, but a majority of the people are aware of the dangers of starting their vehicles in confined spaces. Other sources are things like stoves, clothes dryers, heaters, water heaters and anything else that runs on gas in your home. Generators and camping stoves are also common sources. Be sure to know if the device you are using emits carbon monoxide and if it does, be sure that you only use as directed. For example, you shouldn’t use an outdoor product indoors as it could easily cause problems if a person is not careful.
Can I recover compensation if I have lost a loved one due to carbon monoxide poisoning?
It is definitely possible, but it depends on the circumstances of the event. A thorough investigation will need to take place to determine the source of the carbon monoxide, and to determine if it was being used in its intended manner. If there happened to be any defects or other problems with the item in question, it may allow you to be able to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturers or designers of the good. You should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your options.