New York Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas with that is highly toxic. CO is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. If appliances are not working properly a dangerous carbon monoxide leak can result. Since it lacks any normally detectable signs, its deadly nature is often augmented by its lack of detection before it is too late. The EPA has even stated that “[y]ou can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes.” And, hundreds of people die each year from gas leaks caused by malfunctioning appliances. If you or a family member has suffered injury or illness due to carbon monoxide poisoning, contact our carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers to learn more about your rights to compensation for your pain and suffering.
Exposure to Carbon Monoxide Can Be Deadly
Has carbon monoxide exposure taken the life of your loved one? Our lawyers can assist you in recovering compensation for your loss. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, claiming thousands of lives every year. Since it lacks a distinguishing odor, taste, and color, Carbon Monoxide is often known as the “Silent Killer” because it remains hard to detect. At high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. That is why it is important to know what are the carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisons the body by entering the lungs by normal breathing and displaces the oxygen in the bloodstream. This interruption of oxygen supply can cause serious harm to the heart, brain, and other vital organs of the body.
Carbon Monoxide poisoning symptoms include:
- shortness of breath,
- abdominal pain,
- seizure, and
- chest pain.
- mental confusion and impaired judgment may also develop.
These carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms of low-level to moderate exposure are often mistaken for the flu because the deadly gas can remain undetected in the home.
Prolonged exposure to Carbon Monoxide in New York can result in long term health problems, injury, brain damage and even death.
People suffering from heart or respiratory health problems, infants and small children, unborn children, and expectant mothers can be more susceptible to carbon monoxide levels from gas leaks. Contact experienced injury lawyers today at Finz & Finz, P.C., if you believe you have been the victim of a gas leak and have experienced any of the carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms.
Sources of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning is produced whenever a fuel such as wood, gas, or oil is burned. Usually, the appliances that burn such fuel sources do not produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide. However, if the fuel burning apparatus being used is not working properly and leaks, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can result. If exposed to these dangerous levels of gas, seek medical assistance and then consider contacting our attorneys.
The most common sources of Carbon Monoxide are motor vehicle exhaust, smoke from fires, engine fumes, and non-electric heaters. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is also often associated with malfunctioning or obstructed exhaust systems and with suicide attempts.
Additional sources of carbon monoxide include:
- Gas water heaters
- Space heaters
- Cooking grills
- Propane stoves
- Cigarette smoke
- Gas-powered concrete saws
- Spray paint, solvents, degreasers, and paint removers
Legal Help for Victims of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If you or a family member have suffered an illness, injury or disease from carbon monoxide poisoning, contact Finz & Finz, P.C., at (855) TOP-FIRM to speak with our experienced New York Injury Attorneys now or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form.