Common Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazards
Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer” because it is odorless, tasteless and colorless, and the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning sometimes mirror the symptoms of a variety of non-fatal illnesses. Some symptoms may come on slowly, so it can be difficult to link your health condition with exposure to carbon monoxide.
It is extremely important to learn about potential hazards for carbon monoxide poisoning. If you are exposed to carbon monoxide it is critical to seek medical attention immediately. Poisoning victims may also be entitled to pursue financial compensation for their injuries.
Sources of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide exposure is a serious risk that many people face without having any idea of the danger. People exposed to the following are at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning:
• Gas appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, and boilers that are not burning properly (incomplete combustion) and/or ventilated
• Generators and other gas-powered equipment
• Building fires
• Clogged chimneys
• Mines and oil fields
• Poorly maintained or improperly ventilated heating equipment
• Vehicles that are running in enclosed areas (such as garages and warehouses)
Depending on the circumstances of your exposure, it is very possible that your employer or some other business may be legally and financially responsible for any losses you suffer as a result. For example, if you were working in a mine or oil field, your employer may be to blame. If you purchased a defective appliance or piece of equipment, the manufacturer may be liable.
If your gas heater was installed improperly or received improper maintenance, the maintenance company or your landlord may be the responsible party. Our Wyoming attorneys can investigate the cause of your illness and pursue compensation from whoever may be responsible for your losses.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
With carbon monoxide poisoning, what essentially happens is that carbon monoxide compounds bind with your red blood cells, displacing the oxygen in your blood. This lack of oxygen can cause serious problems for your brain, heart and other organs. If you are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, you may start to experience symptoms such as:
• Impaired judgment
• Loss of consciousness
• Ringing in the ears
• Chest pain / Shortness of breath
CO poisoning can lead to long-term and permanent medical conditions, including brain injury and heart complications. In severe cases, CO poisoning can be fatal.
What to Do if You are Experiencing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If you have been exposed to carbon monoxide, you should seek immediate medical attention. If you have questions about carbon monoxide poisoning or if you have been injured in a CO exposure, it is important to contact an experienced CO poisoning attorney to learn about what rights you may have and whether you may be able to recover for medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
Speak With Experienced Wyoming Carbon Monoxide Attorneys About Your Case
The Spence Law Firm provides experienced representation for victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. Whether you were exposed at home, on the job or anywhere else, we can help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries. For more information, call (844) 447-5497 or contact us online today.