Did you know that Carbon Monoxide is one of the deadliest poisons on Earth? It is odorless, colorless and, in high enough doses, can be almost instantly lethal. However, in most cases lethal exposure to carbon monoxide can be avoided (for example, by purchasing and using monitors). Tragically, there are instances where simple steps to guard against carbon monoxide exposure are not taken. In these instances, victims of carbon monoxide poisoning can be permanently impaired or even killed.
What Is The Effect Of Carbon Monoxide Exposure?
Most people realize that Carbon Monoxide is potentially fatal in larger doses. However, even in smaller doses carbon monoxide (CO) can cause serious and permanent damage. The most common symptoms are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. Repeated low level exposure can result in permanent intellectual deterioration, memory impairment and changes in emotional stability.
Tragically, because of a lack of familiarity with this condition, these problems often go undiagnosed. In many instances this has led to repeated exposure to this gas.
How Does Carbon Monoxide Exposure Occur?
Carbon Monoxide is the byproduct of combustion fumes. This can occur from exhaust from cars and trucks, small gasoline engines (e.g. generators), stoves, lanterns, burning wood. Additionally many appliances like furnaces and chemical heaters can produce carbon monoxide and must be properly ventilated.
If I Have Been Exposed To Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Can I Seek Legal Action?
You may be able to seek compensation if you have been exposed to carbon monoxide because of another’s negligence. For instance, if an employer or a landlord has failed to maintain appliances or equipment that has resulted in exposure you may be able to be compensated. Similarly, if a product you have purchased malfunctions and produces carbon monoxide, you may seek compensation from the manufacturer.
If you feel that you have been harmed by carbon monoxide exposure that resulted from another’s negligence, please contact the personal injury attorneys of Donati Law.