Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can cause severe symptoms on inhalation, even including death. Because it is difficult to detect, it is often called “the silent killer.” It can cause medical complications that lead to serious injuries, medical bills, and the inability to work. If you or a loved one has been injured by carbon monoxide, our Chicago carbon monoxide lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help.
Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, and nausea. As the exposure continues, the symptoms increase in severity, including confusion, chest pain, and seizures. If you suspect that you or someone you know has been subjected to high levels of carbon monoxide, go directly to a hospital’s emergency department, where you can be tested and treated for this deadly poison.
Carbon monoxide is generated any time a carbon-based fuel is burned. One common source is an engine running in an enclosed space, such as a vehicle in a garage. Another common source is a heating system that has been incorrectly installed or used, or has become damaged in some way.
Carbon monoxide can build up inside a home over a period of weeks, slowly subjecting its occupants to a poison of which they are not aware. Symptoms that develop can easily be dismissed as something else, and a fatal exposure can happen with surprising ease. Many victims of carbon monoxide poisoning don’t know anything is seriously wrong until it’s too late.
Every property owner has to worry about the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning happening on their property. For that reason, it’s essential to have all fuel-burning systems inspected every year to ensure they are in proper working order.
It’s also a good idea to install carbon monoxide detectors near any sleeping areas; in fact, in many states, landlords have a legal obligation to do so. Not only can taking such steps reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning happening in the first place, but they can also reduce potential legal liability should it actually happen.
The following people are responsible for safeguarding against carbon monoxide buildup and poisoning in buildings:
If you have been exposed to carbon monoxide and have suffered injuries as a result, you may be able to obtain compensation to help cover your related losses. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we have attorneys who are knowledgeable about carbon monoxide and its side effects. We will investigate the situation and determine who is responsible for your losses. We can help you obtain the following compensation:
Claims resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning and injuries can be difficult to navigate. You’ll likely have to deal with a property insurance company that won’t make the process easy. We can help you submit a claim and present evidence of your losses. We can gather information and maintain medical records to be presented during negotiations or in court, if necessary.