San Antonio Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorneys
In Texas, the law requires day care centers, apartment buildings and family homes to have carbon monoxide detectors. Many other states and municipalities have similar laws.
But some property owners do not equip their premises with detectors or keep them in working order. In other instances, carbon monoxide detectors are present but are defective or faulty and fail to detect the presence of this poisonous gas on a property.
If you or a loved one has been poisoned by carbon monoxide because a defective carbon monoxide detector failed to detect the gas, or if a detector was not installed in your building, you have rights.
Call Wyatt Law Firm at 210-340-5550 for a free consultation. Let us help you pursue the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled. We represent people throughout Texas and the nation from our offices in San Antonio.
Carbon Monoxide — A Silent And Invisible Killer
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced by gas appliances and other devices that operate by combustion. Exposure to carbon monoxide is potentially lethal. The side effects of poisoning can include tissue damage, brain injury, cardiac complication, brain and heart failure, and even death.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Blurred vision
- Weakness or fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- General flu-like symptoms
We Are Determined To Win
Our property owner negligence attorneys have experience representing people who have been poisoned by carbon monoxide. We have the technical resources and advocacy skills to bring your claim to a satisfactory conclusion. We have obtained substantial results for victims of negligence and achieved landmark results. Utilizing decades of legal experience, aggressive litigation skills and a team approach, we seek the best possible result for every client.
Wyatt Law Firm will stand by you, working hard to help you get the medical care and compensation you need.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Apartments: When Tragedy Strikes
Apartment building owners and managers are responsible for protecting residents against hazards such as carbon monoxide. But when they fail in this duty, people can die or suffer permanent disabling injuries. If you or a family member has suffered harm as the result of a building owner’s negligence, we will fight for you. The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide
When carbon monoxide leaks into the air, the odorless and colorless gas is impossible for humans to detect. If awake, people experience symptoms that at first resemble the flu. Rendered sick and unaware of the true cause, they stay in the comfort of their own home and exposure continues. For those who experience a carbon monoxide leak while asleep, they may not ever wake up.
Deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning should never happen. Wyatt Law Firm will fight for you every step of the way.
When tragedy strikes, Wyatt Law Firm goes into action. Our team of lawyers acts quickly to initiate legal action, identify the cause of the accident and document the liability of all responsible parties. In an apartment building carbon monoxide case, these could include the building owner, property manager, manufacturer of the gas-fueled furnace or appliance, or a company that installed or serviced the equipment.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning And Hotel Negligence
You would think that hotels, priding themselves on service, would prioritize the safety of their guests. But they sometimes fail to properly maintain furnaces and water heaters. The result can be carbon monoxide poisoning, causing brain injury, death and needless heartache for unsuspecting victims and their families.
Our firm obtained $2,063,448 for a child who suffered a brain injury due to carbon monoxide poisoning in a hotel.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer. Its presence can cause temporary symptoms, brain injury, permanent disability and even death. But such harm should not happen if hotel owners and hotel management companies properly maintain their equipment. If you have been harmed by carbon monoxide poisoning in a hotel room, Wyatt Law Firm will go to work for you. You and your family deserve nothing less.
When Improperly Maintained Appliances And Furnaces Cause Injury
Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, and exposure can quickly lead to serious injury or death. Improperly maintained gas furnaces and appliances are a major cause of carbon monoxide poisoning cases in the U.S.
When it comes to carbon monoxide poisoning, what might seem like a straightforward case can actually be very complicated. Liable parties in such cases can include the manufacturer of the equipment, a parts manufacturer, the company that installed or serviced the equipment, or the owner or management company of an apartment building or hotel.
Having successfully represented people in numerous carbon monoxide cases, we know what it takes to get results. Our firm works with nationally recognized toxicologists with specialized knowledge of carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as engineers knowledgeable in appliance design and maintenance. We will work diligently to build a strong and successful case for you.
Carbon Monoxide FAQ
What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless and odorless gas. (That’s what makes it so deadly.) Carbon monoxide is produced from combustion, such as automobiles, small engines, fireplaces, furnaces, gas ranges and cooking grills. Indoors, CO can build up to a poisonous level.
What are the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, flulike symptoms, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, difficulty breathing, chest pain, seizures, and loss of consciousness, though there are others. If you suspect you or a family member have carbon monoxide poisoning, immediately seek medical attention and tell medical personnel about possible CO poisoning. They can test your blood for carbon monoxide levels and administer oxygen treatment if necessary.
Is there treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning?
Treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning includes normobaric oxygen therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, both of which administer 100% oxygen to the patient. Inundating with oxygen increases the speed at which the body processes and excretes deadly carboxyhemoglobin from the blood. Severe CO poisoning cases may also require life support and intensive care.
What do I do if my carbon monoxide detector goes off?
Get out and get to fresh air immediately! Do not assume it is a false alarm! Once you and your family are safe, call the fire department and have them test for carbon monoxide levels in the house. If you present symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning (such as headache, fatigue, nausea, and other flulike symptoms), seek medical attention right away!
What do I do if my smoke detector goes off but there’s no fire?
Many smoke detectors double as carbon monoxide detectors, so get out of the house to fresh air right away! Do not assume it is a false alarm, since carbon monoxide is an extremely toxic gas that can only be detected with special sensors. Call the fire department and have them test the house for carbon monoxide concentrations. Seek medical attention if you present symptoms of CO poisoning, and do not reenter the house until they clear it.
Can you get carbon monoxide poisoning in a hotel?
Many carbon monoxide poisonings occur in hotels that use fuel-burning appliances such as gas-powered furnaces, boilers, and pool heaters. Older hotels are common places for carbon monoxide poisoning, as neglected and malfunctioning appliances emit the lethal gas carbon monoxide that leaks into nearby hotel rooms. Always take a portable carbon monoxide detector with you when you travel, and get out of the building to fresh air if it goes off.
Does my landlord have to install carbon monoxide detectors?
As of April 2018, Texas state law mandates that landlords must install carbon monoxide alarms in apartment buildings and other residential properties that have both sleeping areas and fuel-burning appliances. Gas-burning appliances and improper use of fuel-burning products can cause the deadly gas carbon monoxide to collect in your home, and a carbon monoxide detector can warn you of the invisible danger. Even if your landlord refuses to install carbon monoxide detectors, you should install them yourself. They save lives and are an investment in your own security.
Do I have to install carbon monoxide detectors?
Depending on the building code in your area, you may be required to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. You should purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, whether required by the building code in your area or not. Many newer homes are built with carbon monoxide detectors already installed, but it just as crucial to maintain them, as their average lifespan is only a few years.
What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide poisoning results from inhaling the highly toxic compound carbon monoxide (CO). The CO bonds to the hemoglobin in the blood, forming the variant carboxyhemoglobin. The prevents the bloodstream from carrying oxygen to the body. When CO levels in the body get too high, the body suffers from hypoxic lack of oxygen and starts to shut down. Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous — seek medical attention immediately if you think you have carbon monoxide poisoning!
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