Carbon monoxide (CO) is frequently linked to any engine or device that uses gasoline, oil, kerosene, charcoal, or wood as fuel. These fuels emit CO when they are burned.
Causes and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Exposure
While CO is generally harmless in an outdoor environment, it can be lethal when it accumulates in an enclosed setting. CO is even more sinister in that it is colorless and odorless, providing no clues that dangerous levels are present. And, it can strike quickly.
Telltale symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, confusion, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, and memory problems, to name a few. Overexposure can lead to death or permanent neurological damage. When diagnosed promptly, CO poisoning can be successfully treated, and permanent harm can be averted. If you suspect that CO exposure is an issue, immediately evacuate everyone (and pets) from the premises and dial 911 for assistance.
A defective product, incorrect use of an appliance, improper maintenance, and absence of working CO detectors are common reasons that people become victims of CO poisoning. And it’s not only at home where CO poisoning might be a concern. The workplace, hotels, vacation-home rentals, and vehicles are other potential danger zones.
If you or a family member becomes a victim of CO poisoning due to another’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney to seek appropriate compensation.
Contact an Injury Attorney If You Are Injured
If you suffered injuries in a from carbon monoxide exposure, you might be entitled to damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide the guidance you need to build a successful claim. It’s important for people to remember that dealing with an insurance adjuster without the help of an attorney might cost you. It is the goal of insurance companies to pay out as little as possible. Alaska attorney Ben Crittenden knows how insurance adjusters work, and he will fight to get you what you deserve.