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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Fighting for justice for your exposure to CO

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. It’s odorless, colorless, and merciless. Carbon monoxide poisoning changes the lives of victims and their families forever. Exposure can cause permanent damage to the brain and other organs, and even death.

If you or a loved one has been affected or killed by carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, contact the experienced Los Angeles-area personal injury lawyers at Bailey & Partners as soon as possible to pursue action against those responsible through a lawsuit and/or a settlement. We will work relentlessly to achieve justice and get the compensation that you deserve, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and can often go undetected. It is produced by the incomplete burning of fuels that contain carbon. When an exposed person inhales CO, it is absorbed by the hemoglobin in the red blood cells and 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 exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning may lose consciousness or die. 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 CO poisoning
    Dangerous carbon monoxide gases can come from a variety of sources people come into contact with every day at home or at the office. Examples of some sources include:

  • Motor vehicle exhaust
  • Cigarettes, cigars, and pipes
  • Defective heating systems (such as furnaces, water heaters, space heaters, and fireplaces)
  • Defective appliances (such gas ovens and ranges, or propane refrigerators)
  • Lawnmowers, snow blowers, leaf blowers, and other gas-powered tools
  • Burning of waste products
  • Gas or propane lanterns, stoves, and other camping/outdoor equipment
  • Industrial manufacturing exhaust
  • Natural sources (such as forest fires and gases from mines or marshes)

  • Who can be held liable?
    Most cases of carbon monoxide poisoning are the result of a defective product or negligence. Our attorneys will evaluate your case and determine if your CO exposure was caused by the negligence of someone else. If it was, we will 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 CO 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

  • For more information, contact our law office toll-free at 800-973-2263 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, or send us an email here.