Incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning often result in the need for hospitalization and for a good carbon monoxide poisoning law firm Virginia victims of carbon monoxide poisoning and their families can rely on, to protect their rights.
Duty of Care
Building owners, businesses, and in some cases, renters and property managers, have a duty to maintain their premises so that they are safe for their occupants and visitors to their premises. When one of the aforementioned parties is neglectful in their maintenance and upkeep of their property, he or she may be liable for injuries that occur on their property.
Sometimes one of the aforementioned parties is in fact in compliance with the maintenance and upkeep of safety measures for their property but a faulty or malfunctioning appliance or device causes someone on their premises to become injured. In this situation, the property owner may be found innocent of neglectful behavior and guilt may be assigned to one or more of the parties who made the product available for the public to use. Designers, manufacturers, distributors and sellers of faulty or malfunctioning products may be assigned part or full blame for injuries that are the result of their negligence.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic, odorless, colorless gas that can be harmful or lethal to those who inhale it. It is a common byproduct of the combustion of fuels such as wood, oil, gasoline, natural gases, coal and charcoal. CO can build up indoors and in unventilated spaces, and poison people and animals who breathe it.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Many people who are developing carbon monoxide poisoning have no idea that they are being exposed to CO nor are they aware of becoming ill from it. When people begin to suffer from symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning they often feel sleepy and do not realize that they are in fact, losing consciousness.
People have many horror stories of finding loved ones dead because of carbon monoxide poisoning even though the survivors may have been only a few feet away and unaffected by the noxious gas. In the 1970s the news was rife with horrible tales of parents finding their children dead in the way-back of a station wagon whose back window was rolled down. Because of situations like these, there are many laws and regulations in place that are supposed to protect people from CO poisoning. Unfortunately, people still become ill from CO poisoning and the results of this can be devastating.
If you or someone you love has become ill because of CO poisoning or if someone you love has died as the result of this, it may be in your best interest to discuss your situation with a carbon monoxide poisoning law firm Virginia carbon monoxide victims and their families can rely on.
Common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include but are not limited to:
- Chest pain
- Irregular heart beat
- Upset stomach
- Loss of consciousness (which may just look like sleepiness)
Common results of carbon monoxide poisoning include but are not limited to:
- Brain damage
- Heart damage
- Lung damage
- Loss of physical abilities
- Loss of mental and cognitive abilities
- Nervous system damage
- Damage to other organs and systems not mentioned here
If you or someone you love is suffering from any of the above or from symptoms or results of CO poisoning not mentioned here, you may find it helpful to talk to a personal injury lawyer about what your rights are. When carbon monoxide poisoning is the result of someone else’s or another party’s negligence, the victim and/or their family may be entitled to compensation.