Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

fire releases carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and extremely poisonous gas. When released into the air, it can quickly cause permanent injury or even death.

Causes

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a direct result of combustion. When gas, coal or oil burn, the fumes emit CO into the air. When someone breathes in those fumes, the CO replaces the oxygen in the blood stream your body needs to function.

Anything that relies on combustion creates carbon monoxide. Common sources of CO poisoning include:

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Boats
  • Stoves
  • Furnaces
  • Hot water heaters
  • Room heaters

It’s important when using any of the above, that the area is properly ventilated and exposure to the fumes is minimal. The longer someone is exposed to carbon monoxide, the more severe the consequences.

Symptoms

Someone exposed to CO should look out for the symptoms of poisoning right away. Victims will frequently experience:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • loss of balance
  • short term memory loss
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • chest pain

Longer term exposure can mean loss of consciousness, brain damage and death.

Compensation

If someone is exposed to carbon monoxide due to another person’s negligence, they are entitled to compensation. For example, a landlord who fails to fix a leak and tenants fall ill. Similarly, an appliance-maker has the responsibility to provide equipment that properly releases fumes to keep consumers safe.

Survivors can pursue damages for things such as medical bills, physical impairments, lost wages, pain and suffering. In cases of wrongful death, the family of the deceased can pursue damages for loss of life.

Representation for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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