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Each year, more than 2,000 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer due to its high toxicity and imperceptibility to humans. Symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, and convulsions.

What’s the problem?

Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning material containing carbon. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause brain damage and death. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it; but carbon monoxide can kill you.

CO emissions are produced whenever fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. The amount of CO produced while using fuel-burning appliances is usually not harmful. It becomes hazardous when appliances are used improperly or are not functioning adequately.

In many cases, CO leaks may have been caused by the negligence of another person or entity, such as:

  • Landlords or property owners
  • Builders
  • Appliance manufacturers
  • Repair companies or other entities responsible for maintenance

The earliest symptoms, especially in low level exposures, are often confused with other illnesses - the flu, depression, fatigue, chest pain, & headaches. This often makes the diagnosis of carbon monoxide poisoning difficult. If suspected, the diagnosis can be confirmed by measurement of blood carboxyhemoglobin. However, carbon monoxide leaves the body quickly and must be measured quickly.

Common problems encountered are difficulty with memory, irritability, gait disturbance, speech disturbances, organization, fatigue, vision problems and depression. These symptoms may may occur weeks or months after initial exposure. One of the major concerns following CO poisoning is brain injury that may occur days or even weeks after an acute poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Compensation

Compensation for carbon monoxide survivors may include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Cost of care
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Other damages

Compensation for families for carbon monoxide wrongful death may include the following:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss income
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of care
  • Other damages