Important Issues Surrounding Carbon Monoxide Lawsuits
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is extremely toxic in sufficient quantities. Known as a “silent killer,” carbon monoxide exposure causes headaches, nausea and dizziness in victims; high levels of exposure are fatal.
Carbon monoxide is nearly ubiquitous in our everyday lives. It is produced by heating elements such as gas stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and charcoal grills, as well the combustion engines found in vehicles, boats and generators. Manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that the carbon monoxide produced by their products does not harm users. The same is true of building owners, who are responsible for the safety of visitors.
Unfortunately, manufacturers and building owners do not always live up to this responsibility. If you or a loved one has been harmed by carbon monoxide exposure, contact Miller & Gaudio PC. Our carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys will help you take the steps necessary to pursue compensation for your losses.
The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is dangerous because it is absorbed very quickly by the red blood cells in a person’s bloodstream. When a victim inhales carbon monoxide, the CO molecules will immediately enter the victim’s red blood cells, replacing the life-giving oxygen. Without medical treatment, the loss of oxygen and related tissue damage can be fatal.
According to the CDC, more than 400 Americans are killed each year due to unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and more than 20,000 are sent to the emergency room. Cars, boats and homes are common locations for CO poisoning, though serious incidents have also occurred in hotels, offices and other commercial buildings.
If you or a loved one has suffered carbon monoxide poisoning due to the negligence of a building owner or product manufacturer, it is important that you speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
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At Miller & Gaudio PC, our skilled attorneys will investigate every aspect of your carbon monoxide poisoning case to determine how you were exposed and which parties were responsible. Then, we will aggressively push for a legal resolution that fully compensates you for your losses.