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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced from the partial burning of fuels such as coal, wood, gas, and oil. It is extremely dangerous when inhaled, causing severe illness or any personal injury and even death.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide, usually found in mines, industrial areas, and garages can also be emitted by things like defective heaters, clothes dryers, or furnaces in homes and offices. It is difficult to know when carbon monoxide is present until you start to feel the effects of breathing it in.

When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it passes through the lungs, entering the bloodstream and taking the place of oxygen molecules, depriving the cells and organs of the body of the oxygen needed to survive. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are nausea, headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, vomiting, confusion, sleepiness, and abdominal pain. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.

Compensation Claims

If a third party is found to be responsible for a carbon monoxide poisoning injury you have suffered at home or work, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.

If you suffered the injury at home, you may have a claim against the manufacturer of any faulty appliance that was emitting carbon monoxide, the person or company who installed the appliance, or anyone who may have performed a safety inspection of your home or the appliance itself, as they should have recognized a problem. You may be able to file a claim against any company that manufactured a carbon monoxide detector that failed to warn you of the carbon monoxide emission after you installed it.

Additionally, if you rent your home, the landlord may be held responsible for failing to ensure the property remained safe.

It is your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe while you are at work. That responsibility extends to ensuring you are not exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. If you have suffered the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning while at your workplace, you may be able to file a compensation claim.

Shea Law Group

If you have suffered a serious injury, or someone you love has died due to carbon monoxide poisoning, consult with one of our experienced Chicago carbon monoxide poisoning injury lawyers here at Shea Law Group. Give us a call at (877)-365-0040 and book your free, no-obligation consultation today. Remember, you have nothing to lose as we never charge a fee unless we win your case for you.