Orange County Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer
Dedicated Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyers In San Clemente, California
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas formed by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. An odorless and colorless gas, carbon monoxide is found in the fumes that are produced by gas ranges and stoves, furnaces, the exhaust from gas-powered vehicles, and other things that rely on fuel to operate. Unfortunately, exposure can lead to serious illness and even death when there is a buildup of carbon monoxide in an enclosed space. If you believe you have suffered or lost a loved one to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a defective product or someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to legal remedies through a personal injury claim. At Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, our experienced Orange County carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers can help you hold the at-fault party liable and recover financial compensation for your expenses and other damages.
How Dangerous is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide poisoning not linked to fires accounts for more than 20,000 emergency room visits, 4,000 hospitalizations, and 400 deaths in the United States annually.
Carbon monoxide (CO) not only deprives the brain of access to oxygen but actually steals oxygen from the blood system. Because it binds to hemoglobin which is responsible for distributing oxygen throughout the body, it competes with and displaces oxygen in the system and can kill an individual in as little as three minutes.
Common Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Common causes of CO poisoning can include:
- Malfunctioning gas ranges and ovens
- Malfunctioning gas dryers
- Malfunctioning gas water heaters
- Gas generators
- Oil, gas, or coal furnaces
- Motor vehicle exhaust
- Clogged chimneys
- Gas fireplaces
- Smoke from wildfires
- Gas or charcoal grills in an enclosed space
If you suspect that you are suffering from CO poisoning, it is important to get legal help. At Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, our experienced Orange County carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers are dedicated to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm they cause. You may be entitled to compensation. Let us help.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be especially difficult to detect because symptoms can closely resemble those of the flu. Because of the difficulty of detecting the presence of carbon monoxide, it can be particularly dangerous to people who are asleep or impaired.
Common symptoms can include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- A dull headache
- Breathing difficulties
- Blurred vision
- Blurred vision
- Slow movement
Victims of CO poisoning can suffer irreversible brain damage, Parkinsonism, and heart damage. The longer the exposure, the more possible the long-term effects. Carbon monoxide poisoning can go undiagnosed for some time. Doctors can struggle to diagnose CO poisoning and often only do after ruling out other causes of brain and heart damage.
When is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning a Matter of Negligence?
Under the California Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010, property owners are required to install carbon monoxide detectors in all buildings, homes, and apartments. If you suffer carbon monoxide poisoning in one of these settings, and there is no carbon monoxide detector present, you may have a claim against the property owner, landlord, or management company.
Other possible defendants in carbon monoxide poisoning claims can include:
- A manufacturer, designer, or distributor of a defective product
- Appliance delivery or repair technicians who fail to hook up appliances properly
- Gas companies that fail to detect a leak
- Vehicle mechanics
- Hotels and motels
Experienced Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyers in Orange County
If you suspect or know that you are the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, or have lost a loved one to CO poisoning, our experienced Orange County carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers will help you hold the negligent party liable. At Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, we are dedicated personal injury attorneys who diligently represent the rights of victims and their families. Call us at (866) 434-1424 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. You pay no attorney fees until we recover compensation on your behalf.