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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Santa Monica Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyers

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Exposure can cause permanent damage to the brain and other organs. Carbon monoxide poisoning changes the lives of a victim and his or her family forever. If you or a loved one has been injured, or had a loved one killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, you should contact the experienced Los Angeles carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers at Bailey & Partners as soon as possible. We will fight to protect your rights and relentlessly work to get you justice through compensation that you deserve, which includes past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, and other related damages.

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What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, which makes it extremely dangerous since it can often go undetected. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuels that contain carbon. When a person is exposed, carbon monoxide gas is inhaled through the lungs and is then absorbed by the hemoglobin in the red blood cells. Once absorbed, carbon monoxide interferes with oxygen transportation and delivery. Damage to the brain, heart and other vital organs can result, causing serious injury or death.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

In extreme cases, victims of carbon monoxide poisoning may lose consciousness or die from the exposure. However, in some cases the symptoms are subtle and may take days, weeks, or even months to notice. Because the gas cannot be detected by sight or smell, carbon monoxide poisoning is often misdiagnosed as the flu, allergies, food poisoning, or psychiatric problems. Symptoms can include any of the following:

  • cognitive problems (such as confusion, forgetfulness, difficulty with memory and mental focus)
  • frequent headaches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • change of mood or personality
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • fatigue

Sources of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Dangerous carbon monoxide gases can come from a variety of sources that people come into contact with everyday at the home or office. Examples of some sources include the following:

  • motor vehicle exhaust
  • cigarettes, cigars and pipes
  • defective heating systems (furnace, water heater, wood burning stoves, space heaters, fireplaces, etc.)
  • defective appliances (gas ovens and ranges, gas dryers, propane refrigerators)
  • lawnmowers, snowblowers, leaf blowers and other gas powered tools
  • burning of waste products
  • gas or propane lanterns, stoves and other camping and outdoor equipment
  • industrial manufacturing exhaust
  • natural sources (forest fires, gases from mines or marshes)

Who can be Held Liable?

Most cases of carbon monoxide poisoning are the result of a defective product or someone else’s negligence. At Bailey & Partners, our attorneys will evaluate your case and determine if your injury was caused by the negligence of someone else. If it was, we move to hold them accountable. For example, depending upon the facts of your case, a lawsuit could be filed against any of the following parties:

  • manufacturers, distributors or retailers of a defective product, such as furnaces or heaters that are improperly designed, defective, or have inadequate warnings
  • a business or worker who improperly installed, repaired or inspected an appliance or heating unit
  • gas companies that neglect to check on and repair possible carbon monoxide problems in a timely manner
  • landlords that neglect to repair or replace damaged or defective furnaces or appliances
  • residential and commercial builders who improperly design or construct structures with exhaust problems or malfunctioning heating units and appliances