Our Santa Rosa injury lawyers are well-versed on the ins and outs of handling toxic exposure cases such as carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by inhaling the fumes produced by furnaces, water heaters, fuel-burning space heaters, cooking ranges and car engines. These appliances, which are generally safe to use, can produce deadly levels of CO gas if they are not properly maintained or if they are used in areas that are not properly ventilated.
Breathing in these fumes in a closed area is the same as inhaling smoke during a fire. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause serious injuries such as permanent brain damage or heart damage, which can lead to cardiac symptoms years after the event. Carbon monoxide poisoning can also be fatal. A carbon monoxide lawyer can fully assess costs and impact on victims, both near-term and in the future.
Laws Regarding Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices are Intended to Protect You
As of January 1, 2013 the state of California requires that all dwellings intended for human occupancy be equipped with a CO alarm/detector. This law includes single-family homes as well as: duplexes, dormitories, hotels, motels and any unit in a multi-unit building such as a nursing home.
Property owners could be held liable if their properties are not up to code. If you were the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning due to negligence on the part of a landlord, hotel, nursing home or other responsible party, our Santa Rosa injury attorneys want to talk to you. You may be eligible to receive full financial compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately if You Have Been Exposed to CO Gas
If you suspect you may be a victim of CO poisoning or other toxic exposure, get into fresh air right away. Some of the symptoms to look for are:
- Blurred Vision
- Dull Headache
- Nausea and/or Vomiting
- Shortness of Breath
Fatal CO poisoning frequently occurs when appliances malfunction while occupants are sleeping and the occupants inhale a lethal amount of the gas before they even realize that they have been exposed.
Contact the Edgar Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one has been injured or has died as a result of CO poisoning, please get in touch with the attorneys at the Edgar Law Firm. We offer free, no obligation consultations in which we will discuss the details of your case with you to determine if you have a viable claim. Contact the Edgar Law Firm today to schedule your appointment.