San Antonio Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorneys
In Texas, the law requires daycare 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 and fail to detect this poisonous gas.
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 there was an improperly installed detector in your building, you have rights.
Call Wyatt Law Firm at (210) 340-5550 for a free consultation. Let our carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers 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 produced by gas appliances and other devices that operate by combustion. Essentially, it is what happens when oil or some other fuel gets burned in something like an engine, gas stove, or appliance. It is not a naturally occurring substance, but occurs as part of a reaction.
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. Needless to say, the lack of a natural ability to detect it (without a properly functioning detector) is what can cause sudden death or long-term damage. Carbon monoxide can build quickly in enclosed places.
Carbon monoxide kills an average of 430 people across the country every year. Between 15,000-20,000 people will visit emergency rooms after being sickened by the substance. The problem is that people may not know until it is too late that they have taken ill. They may never even know at all. Many of these people suffered harm due to someone else and their negligence.
Carbon monoxide poisoning will happen most often in the winter. This is when people are using their heaters in their homes. Generally, things that produce heat can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Space heaters
- Portable generators
- Kerosene heaters
Carbon monoxide poisoning will often result from a malfunctioning piece of equipment and inadequate ventilation. Even if carbon monoxide is escaping, it will not injure someone if there is adequate ventilation to get the air out of the room.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Blurred vision
- Weakness or fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- General flu-like symptoms
There are three different types of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Acute poisoning – This is poisoning that doctors learn about right after it happens. This is when the person has sudden exposure to a large amount of carbon monoxide. This can cause headaches. In more severe cases, it may cause cardiac events. Over time, the person can experience neurological side effects.
- Chronic poisoning – This is poisoning that results from a steady but lower exposure over a prolonged time. The patient stands a better chance of making a full recovery once the exposure to the carbon monoxide ceases. Usually, this will make pre-existing conditions worse. This can happen when there is a very slow leak. This is more of a low-grade condition, but it can still pose long-term risks.
- Fatal poisoning – Here, the carbon monoxide steadily builds up in the bloodstream and causes irreversible tissue damage. If the concentration of carbon monoxide is higher enough, the person can die in as little as five minutes. There is little time to treat or rescue the victim.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very unique type of illness. Your body is still able to breathe, but it is suffocating at the same time due to the carbon monoxide entering the bloodstream. You get suffocated, but you will not even feel it happening. The more of it you breathe, the worse your injuries will become. This is because red blood cells replace oxygen with carbon monoxide. Essentially, it deprives your blood of the oxygen that it needs over time. Even as it is happening, you are still able to breathe carbon monoxide into the lungs.
In severe cases, carbon monoxide will lead to death. The risk of death can be between one and 31 percent. Even those who survive the exposure can suffer serious long-term injuries. This can impact the victim for the rest of their lives, leading to serious costs for their families and a diminished quality of life.
WE ARE DETERMINED TO WIN
Our property owner negligence attorneys have experience representing people who suffered poisoning 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
People can take their own measures to protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning. For example, they should not operate dangerous appliances listed above in enclosed places or do things like run a car in a garage. However, no matter what people do to protect themselves, they are always at risk that others who owe them legal obligations will not do their part.
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. Those who experience a carbon monoxide leak while asleep may never 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 can include the building owner, property manager, manufacturer of the gas-fueled furnace or appliance, or a company that installed or serviced the equipment.
Long Term Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is the leading cause of injury and death by poisoning worldwide, with about 40,000 people treated in the U.S. annually. While many are familiar with the immediate effects of being poisoned by carbon monoxide, many are not so familiar with the long-term effects experienced by survivors.
Mild carbon monoxide poisoning may allow the victim to fully recover without long-lasting side effects, though people with moderate to severe poisoning may never fully recover and might live out the rest of their lives with permanent long-term side effects from their poisoning.
Carbon monoxide damages areas of the body that require oxygen, particularly the brain. Brain damage occurs days to weeks later in half of the patients with a moderate to serious case of carbon monoxide poisoning. Severe poisonings can lead to permanent brain damage. A slew of other permanent or long-term side effects can stem from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Some of the identifiable long-term effects include physical, mental, and behavioral changes.
Below are some physical effects that victims of carbon monoxide poisoning may contend with in the long term following their poisoning:
- Organ damage
- Impaired motor function
- 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
- A decline in peripheral vision
- Tremors and Parkinsonism
- Compartment syndrome
Perhaps more concerning are the mental, physiological and psychological, long-term side effects one may experience from carbon monoxide poisoning, which can include:
- Brain damage
- A 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 carbon monoxide poisoning
- 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, but it isn’t a cure. Many experiencing these long-term side effects will continue to suffer from them for a long time, potentially permanently. This leads to pain and suffering for the rest of a victim’s life that is hardly quantifiable by a sum of money in the form of damages.
These long-lasting effects entitle victims to compensation for the years of suffering and impairment ahead of them, and a Wyatt San Antonio-based Attorney can help you if you become a victim in your effort to be compensated for the injuries caused by your carbon monoxide poisoning.
Common Losses From Carbon Monoxide Injuries
The losses incurred by a brush with carbon monoxide poisoning can be immeasurably difficult to live with and require legal action to attain the financial recourse necessary to attempt to compensate for them. Individuals may lose their ability to work or their ability to conduct basic motor functions and engage in everyday physical activities.
Individuals may lose their ability to recall things, lose their long-term memories, lose their ability to cognitively process and critically think successfully and effectively. They may lose their appearance, as disfigurement can result from serious poisoning cases.
The most people can lose from poisoning by carbon monoxide is their lives, as poisoning can be fatal. For survivors, they might lose the lives they knew and lived, as they might permanently change when one suffers long-term effects from a moderate to serious CO poisoning incident.
Losses can also be financial, such as the medical costs incurred by the treatments necessary following exposure to a deadly amount of CO. These can be extremely expensive, and without proper compensation by holding those responsible for the poisoning liable, can lead to even further loss as the bills pile up and creditors begin going after the victim’s property and assets.
The loss of joy and happiness is a significant luxury that CO poisoning can rob from you. The long-term side effects of the poisoning can lead to physical and mental limitations that may rob you of your favorite activities or cause mental health problems that prevent you from being happy.
Finally, the lost income from being incapable of working in severe cases of CO poisoning is a financial nightmare. If you happen to be a victim of CO poisoning caused by the negligence of a third party, a San Antonio carbon monoxide attorney can help you recover money that will help fill these losses, or at least make them less onerous on the victim. Every loss one potentially can experience from CO poisoning is also a basis for recovery in the legal context, so long as you have the right attorney by your side.
Holding Property Owners Liable for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Landlords, building owners, and businesses have a legal obligation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Safety precautions such as testing, using carbon monoxide detectors, and compliance with building codes protect occupants from exposure to the deadly gas and protect building owners from liability.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), carbon monoxide poisoning causes more than 20,000 emergency room visits and more than 400 deaths per year. Landlords and property owners in San Antonio can greatly reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning inside their buildings and rental properties by installing carbon monoxide detectors and performing regular maintenance to prevent and fix leaks and other CO hazards.
When property owners and landlords implement reasonable maintenance programs according to applicable state and local laws, they increase the chances that accidents will not occur. However, when a property owner fails to do so, people can suffer life-changing injuries.
In the situations below, a landlord, business owner, or property owner might be liable for carbon monoxide poisoning:
When Someone Violates CO Detector laws.
Many states and cities require landlords and owners to install carbon monoxide detectors in rentals. Often, these laws also require landlords to maintain the detectors in working order and to replace them when necessary. Some statutes explicitly state that violators are liable for a victim’s injuries without the need for the injured person to prove carelessness or negligence.
When Someone Violates Health and Safety Codes.
City and state health and safety codes exist for a reason. There are many health and safety codes to follow that pertain to carbon monoxide and preventing incidents of poisoning. Such codes include rules about certain types of ventilation for gases like CO or the regular maintenance of fireplaces or other CO-causing appliances. Codes often call for the regular maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors.
In any event, failure to abide by these codes can lead to liability for a homeowner or landlord should this negligence lead to a renter or house guest becoming ill with carbon monoxide poisoning. In some areas, negligence per se can become a factor in a claim when property owners fail to follow these health and safety codes relevant to CO poisoning.
The Landlord Failed to Uphold a Promise.
This simply refers to the landlord failing to uphold a promise to, say, check and make sure a CO monitor was functioning properly or that certain means of ventilation in the property were up to date. If a landlord made a promise and failed to honor it, and CO poisoning results, the property owner could be liable.
Neglect of Maintenance
All states (except Alabama) recognize the implied warranty of habitability, a promise on the part of the landlord that courts and judges incorporate into residential lease law and laws relating to the transfer of real property or houses. This warranty requires that landlords provide tenants with rentals that meet basic health and safety standards.
When a tenant suffers poisoning by carbon monoxide due to a landlord’s failure to provide a habitable rental, the landlord is likely to be liable. This warranty of habitability creates a duty upon landlords to ensure that they address and remove all potential hazards relating to CO poisoning so that a renter can be free from that risk.
In sum, should a person suffer injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning, a facility’s owner, landlord, manufacturer, or other professional could face liability for the leak causing overexposure if he or she failed to protect guests, renters, and others.
A landlord has much more risk of liability for failing to maintain the premises properly than a homeowner, for a homeowner has less legal obligations owed to the building occupants than a landlord does to their renters. Regardless of the nature of the ownership and relation to potential victims, if negligence leads to injury or death of a victim in a building one owns, the owner is liable for their failure to uphold safety standards reasonably.
Thus, a cause of action will exist so long as CO poisoning stems from a property owner’s negligence for failing to comply with the legal obligations and their duty of care to those on the property. The only case this would not apply to is if the victim was a trespasser breaking into the building, as owners do not owe a duty of care to those uninvited and unwanted on a property.
If someone else’s negligence caused your carbon monoxide poisoning, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. It’s best to work with an attorney who can help you identify a responsible party or parties and pursue legal remedies in your best interest.
Wrongful Death Claims After Fatal Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Wrongful death claims resulting from a fatal carbon monoxide poisoning incident aim to compensate surviving family members for the tragic losses they suffered.
Many factors can lead to fatal carbon monoxide poisoning, including:
- Poor maintenance of a heating system
- Defective design of an appliance
- Improper ventilation of generators and other devices
- Other types of carbon monoxide leaks
From this, family members and dependents to the victim may be able to receive compensation for their loss through a wrongful death lawsuit. This is the case only if the injury and death were preventable and were the proximate result of the negligence of the defendant.
Benefits available for wrongful death can vary by state, but most statutes allow primary beneficiaries to claim financial damages following the preventable death of a:
Generally, carbon monoxide wrongful death damages may include compensation for the financial consequences of the death, such as lost earnings or lost financial support. Claims can also seek financial recovery for the mental anguish, lasting emotional pain and suffering, loss of society, companionship, protection, comfort, advice, counsel, training, education, or guidance, and other support that the victim provided to family before his or her death, and that the family is now forever without. Spouses can also add a loss of consortium claim to a wrongful death case.
If there is no surviving spouse, parent, or child, wrongful death claims may be available in some states for certain secondary beneficiaries who were financially dependent on the family member who died. Discuss whether you might have a viable claim with a San Antonio carbon monoxide attorney.
Finding the Right Carbon Monoxide Attorney
The Wyatt Law Firm is the right place to come if you find yourself in need of a carbon monoxide personal injury attorney. Our firm has substantial experience litigating in this area. We also have connections to experts who can help determine fault or negligence in your case.
We have a track record of obtaining results for our clients, providing them with the compensation they need to help rectify the injustice they suffered. Our firm works with nationally recognized toxicologists with specialized knowledge of carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as engineers knowledgeable in appliance design and maintenance.
Essentially, we at the Wyatt Law Firm have all the resources to make your case, prove fault and negligence, and come away with a favorable settlement or judgment to help you get what you deserve. Our San Antonio carbon monoxide lawyers will work diligently to build a strong and successful case for you, and all you need to do is contact us.
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. Estimates differ on how long it will take for someone to develop carbon monoxide poisoning. Very high concentrations of the substance can kill in a matter of minutes. A steadier and lower exposure can cause serious harm in about two hours. Either way, when someone goes to sleep overnight breathing in carbon monoxide, it is more than enough time to harm them.
But such harm should not happen if hotel owners and hotel management companies properly maintain their equipment. If you have suffered harm due to carbon monoxide poisoning in a hotel room, Wyatt Law Firm will go to work for you. You and your family deserve nothing less.
The most common type of carbon monoxide case will involve a premises liability claim.
To win this case, you will need to show:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant breached the duty by acting unreasonably under the circumstance
- You suffered an injury
- You would not have suffered injuries had it not been for the acts or omissions of the defendant
The defendant does not have to actively do something to be negligent in a carbon monoxide case. They are sometimes liable for doing nothing. In a carbon monoxide case, it is more likely that their failure to do something is what caused the injury, whether it was maintenance or detectors.
The first thing that a carbon monoxide lawyer will need to do is investigate the incident and how it happened. This means tracing the source of the carbon monoxide leak. Then, they can examine the appliance or heater to confirm the problem. This is perhaps the most important thing that will form the basis of your case. They may then inspect any maintenance logs to see if the property owner maintained it properly.
Property owners have a duty to inspect and maintain the appliances that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. If you are dealing with a landlord, they should perform periodic inspections and tests. This is the duty of care that they owe to people who live in their buildings. Any business that holds itself out to the public owes a duty of care to invitees.
The attorney will then cast a wide net to identify all defendants. You will not want to leave anyone out. The court and the jury can worry about who pays what. The last thing that you want is to sue the wrong defendants because then you may not recover.
If your lawsuit is against the landlord, you will need to show that the landlord did something wrong. The landlord is not responsible for everything bad that happens on their property. Instead, you must prove that the injury was the fault of the landlord.
There are many things that a landlord does (or does not do) that can lead to liability in a carbon monoxide lawsuit.
This can include:
- Not installing a carbon monoxide detector in the unit as is required by local law
- Failure to properly maintain the appliance that had the carbon monoxide leak. In general, the landlord has a legal obligation to provide the tenant with a habitable premise. Their failure to do so can be both negligence and a violation of the lease.
- Not following local health and safety codes
Here, a landlord may try to exploit gray areas. Most of all, they may try to argue that the poisoning victim was responsible for their own injury, perhaps in the way that they used the appliance. This is where you particularly need a lawyer who can help tell your side of the story and hold the defendant accountable if they did something.
The important part is figuring out who was responsible for your or your loved one’s injury. Your attorney can figure out the right person to sue in your case.
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 prove 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 poisoning is not just limited to premises liability. There has been a recent increase in carbon monoxide poisoning in automobiles. New designs increase the risks that drivers could inadvertently leave their cars on for an extended time, generating carbon monoxide when they are in confined spaces.
Push-button car designs are a growing hazard to drivers. They have contributed to an increased chance of carbon monoxide death. At least 20 people have died in these incidents recently, and nearly 50 have suffered serious injuries.
When that happens, you may have a product liability lawsuit against the company that designed and made the car and the dealer who sold it.
To win this product liability lawsuit, you will need to prove:
- You suffered an injury
- The product that you used was defective
- The defect was the cause of your injury
- You used the product in a reasonably foreseeable way
Here the defect can include:
- Design defect
- Manufacturing defect
- The failure to warn of problems about which the manufacturer knows
Product liability lawsuits are very evidence-intensive, and they require an experienced attorney with specific knowledge of these cases. Automakers might vigorously contest product liability cases given their possible legal liability, so you need an attorney who has the skill and toughness to take on the large corporate interests.
In addition, you need a lawyer who has the skill and know-how to investigate carbon monoxide poisoning cases. These are not always the easiest cases to get to the bottom of because you are dealing with an invisible and odorless gas. Then, you must tie this silent killer to someone else’s negligence. It is a tall task for any attorney, so you need one with experience in these types of cases.
Damages in Your Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit
If you succeed in your case, you may receive:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs to treat the injury
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Many carbon monoxide cases are filed as wrongful death lawsuits because an accident victim has died. Texas has a wrongful death law that allows families to file a lawsuit when their loved one passes away. First, they must prove that negligence caused the death.
If they can prove that their loved one died because of someone else’s negligence, they can receive:
- The lost earning capacity from the deceased
- The loss of emotional support that the deceased would have provided
- The mental pain and anguish suffered by the family
- The lost love, care, and companionship
Families may also bring a survival action seeking the damages that the deceased suffered before they passed away.
Your first thing is getting legal help and hiring a carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer. This will not cost you anything out of your pocket. This is like any other personal injury case in that your attorney works on a contingency basis. You do not need to pay anything upfront to hire an attorney, and you do not need to write checks as the case progresses.
The outcome of the case will determine whether your attorney gets paid. They receive a percentage of your proceeds if you are successful, but will not send you a bill for their services if you are not.
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 comes 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, flu-like 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 sustained carbon monoxide poisoning, immediately seek emergency 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.
How Do Doctors Diagnose Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
The first way that doctors will diagnose carbon monoxide poisoning is to take a blood sample to look for traces of the substance. The problem is that carbon monoxide poisoning is not always the first thing that doctors suspect with the symptoms listed above. Moreover, the half-life of carboxyhemoglobin (the item that is used in blood tests to determine if there was carbon monoxide poisoning) is extremely short. Often, by the time blood is drawn, the levels are down to normal. This costs doctors valuable treatment time that could help prevent long-term symptoms.
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 percent 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 flu-like 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 only special sensors can detect. 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 is 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 a 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!
Are There People with Higher Risk Factors for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Usually, children and the elderly are most at risk of being sickened. Then, people who have existing respiratory conditions or cardiovascular disease may be more affected than others.
How Much is My Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit Worth?
While we recovered over $2 million in the case mentioned above, your actual recovery will depend on the extent of your damages. Of course, if someone died from the poisoning, chances are that the damages would be higher. If your loved one suffered severe injuries, they could also qualify for a larger settlement or jury award.
Know that there may be some significant costs associated with long-term carbon monoxide poisoning. The fact that it could result in oxygen deprivation means that some victims could suffer permanent brain damage. Being unable to work may be the least of their problems as they could require round-the-clock care.
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Contact Wyatt Law Firm by calling (210) 340-5550. We handle carbon monoxide poisoning cases throughout Texas and the U.S. from our offices in San Antonio.
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