New Mexico Carbon Monoxide Lawyers Protect Your Rights
Carbon monoxide poisoning can have dangerous and often tragic effects. Many people and even medical professionals can misunderstand it. At The Spence Law Firm, we have experience handling even the most complicated carbon monoxide poisoning cases.
Skilled Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyers
Proving liability in cases of carbon monoxide can be complicated. Part of our strategy relies on top medical experts, who can determine whether you or your loved person exhibits symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
We understand the nuances of New Mexico laws. As your experienced Albuquerque, NM, carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer, we provide expert opinions to build your case, including consulting with:
- Internal medicine specialists
- Imaging technicians
If we need additional expert witnesses, we will also arrange for appointments with them. We also work with speech therapists and occupational therapists specializing in cognitive treatment, plus vocal rehabilitation specialists in building a strong case for you and your family.
If your loved one died due to carbon monoxide poisoning—or suffers from a diminished quality of life due to the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning—you need an experienced carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer to advocate for you.
Contact The Spence Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.
How Does Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Happen?
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas and virtually undetectable, even in dangerously high concentrations. Most people don’t recognize the early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and often don’t notice that they’ve been exposed in time to get to safety.
If people survive exposure to carbon monoxide, the effects are often severe and life-altering. Brain injuries are common, and many people have diminished capacity, memory and cognitive decline, and difficulty with speech and language.
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs in spaces where natural gas is used for heating and cooking. It can happen in cases where:
- There’s insufficient ventilation
- Improper exhaust leads to gas buildup or concentrations in the air
- Gas-burning appliances or furnaces don’t burn properly
- Other combustion processes aren’t executing properly
If you or someone you love has been killed or harmed by carbon monoxide poisoning, you need the services of a carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer.
Negligence or oversight is often a factor in these cases, and the legal team at The Spence Law Firm is skilled at determining what caused the carbon monoxide exposure and finding the parties responsible for it. We can help you file a claim for the compensation you deserve.
Examples of Carbon Monoxide Cases The Spence Law Firm Has Handled
Prosecuting carbon monoxide poisoning cases can be complex and requires a complete understanding of New Mexico and federal laws.
Many of the carbon monoxide cases we have successfully litigated include:
- Personal injury and diminished capabilities
- Brain injuries and damage
- Wrongful death
Our legal team looks into each detail of your case—starting with how the victim was exposed and the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning—and determines the responsible party or parties.
Recent Cases We Have Pursued
In 2018, The Spence Law Firm settled a case in Colorado for $2 million on behalf of a father and son. The family was poisoned in their home due to an improperly ventilated furnace.
In 2017, we reached a confidential settlement in several carbon monoxide cases, after six days of trial, for brain injuries suffered from a defective boiler in a vacation rental house with no carbon monoxide alarms to warn occupants.
In 2013, we won a $28.2 million verdict on behalf of a young woman who suffered a permanent brain injury from acute carbon monoxide poisoning in her apartment. The building had a 32-year old furnace that wasn’t properly maintained and was dangerous.
Our carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers sued the owner/landlord of the apartment complex and the property manager, both of whom we established knew that the furnaces at the apartments were dangerous.
In 2015 and 2016, we settled a wrongful death case involving two victims in Boise, Idaho. The property manager and landlord of an apartment complex failed to maintain a faulty water heater, which poisoned two teenagers in their sleep.
The settlement is confidential, but we named five different defendants in the case, including the plumbing company and plumber involved.
Our firm represented the family of two children, 11 and 9, who were poisoned while swimming on the family’s houseboat. Its exhaust generators were piped into a space that didn’t have proper ventilation, creating a hidden hazard.
We collaborated with government agencies to enact a recall of all affected houseboats nationwide. We assisted with a public safety campaign to educate houseboat owners and the general public about the dangers posed by improper ventilation on boats.
This led to the Double Angel Foundation, a non-profit agency we helped the family start dedicated to carbon monoxide hazard education.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen anywhere—including Albuquerque, NM—and can have many causes. However, many of these cases could have been avoided if the proper agencies weren’t negligent in providing a safe environment for people.
What Are Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms?
Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when excess amounts of carbon monoxide build up in the bloodstream. According to the Mayo Clinic, typical carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include:
- Dull headache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
Carbon monoxide is virtually undetectable, and often, people may fall asleep while breathing the gas in. The confusion and loss of consciousness associated with carbon monoxide poisoning can make it difficult for victims to understand what is happening to them or to seek help.
Have You or Your Loved One Suffered from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
If you believe that your loved one’s injuries were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, you need help from an experienced carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer.
The Spence Law Firm of Albuquerque, NM, has the dedicated experience you need to prepare a strong case and fight for you and your family. We offer free initial case evaluations, and all our services are on a contingency fee basis. Call us today or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation.