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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Leading To Wrongful Death

The most frequent type of poisoning that results in death is carbon monoxide poisoning. Even though these deaths were allegedly “accidental,” many of the catastrophes were actually preventable.

What Is Poisoning From Carbon Monoxide?

People initially experience moderate symptoms including headaches, nausea, or dizziness when exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide gas. Since the gas has no smell, people could mistake it for the flu. Especially if their symptoms worsen and include chest pain, vomiting, and fatigue.

Hemoglobin in the blood combines with carbon monoxide gas, stopping the blood from transporting oxygen to the body. Without oxygen, people may have cardiac arrest, brain damage, neurological issues, and eventually death.

What Leads to Leaks in Carbon Monoxide Gas?

Fuels that burn incompletely or inefficiently emit carbon monoxide. A buildup of carbon monoxide gas can be brought on by coal fires, burning wood, burning oil, burning car engines, using gas generators, or burning wood in poorly ventilated areas.

However, between 2008 and 2018, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 834 fatal carbon monoxide poisonings in the United States, a some of which were brought on by:

  • Generators. The great majority of fatalities involved generators and happened during blackouts or power interruptions brought on by weather-related events.
  • Confined areas. Numerous fatalities happened in residences with living spaces that were fewer than 1,500 square feet in size and that contained a carbon monoxide-producing apparatus.
  • Overnight leakages. Undiscovered leaks have a higher chance of being fatal if they happen at night, when a victim would normally be sleeping, or if the sufferer is asleep.
  • Temporary buildings. In temporary shelters like cabins, campers, RVs, and livestock trailers where victims were trying to supply power to a non-powered structure or vehicle, poisoning was widespread.
  • Proximity to the exhaust. There was no apparent attempt to properly ventilate the generator exhaust in over 60% of recorded fatalities. When the generator was outdoors, it was frequently positioned too near windows, air conditioners, or vents, which allowed the gas to enter a room.

Who Is Responsible for a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning-Related Wrongful Death?

You must demonstrate that someone’s activity or omission was the cause of the fatal damage. This will help to obtain financial compensation through a wrongful death claim. If you want to prove that you had a duty of care and if one could prevent the carbon monoxide exposure, you might require our assistance. The cause of your loved one’s passing might have been:

Tenant carelessness. If the relative’s landlord neglected to check that the heating, cooking, and ventilation systems were in excellent working order before renting out the property, you might have a premises liability case. If the building’s bad design made injury more likely, landlords, property management firms, and the developer might be accountable.

Household flaws. Homeowners may file claims against the architect of the residence, the remodeling firm, the business that installed the furnace, etc.

Defective appliances. It is the responsibility of the maker of consumer devices that produce carbon monoxide to make sure the appliance is well-designed and vented. In order to prevent injuries, they must also provide clear instructions on how to utilize the device.

CO alarms that aren’t working properly. Although carbon monoxide detectors are more prevalent in average homes, they are useless if they malfunction.

Autos with problems. If an exhaust pipe leak or obstruction resulted in the poisoning, automakers and mechanics may all be liable.

Contact Glendale Attorney Today

Although money cannot replace a lost loved one, KAASS LAW legal team will use all of its resources to hold those responsible accountable and obtain a settlement that enables you to go on. To learn more about your next steps and to receive a free explanation, get in touch with us right now  by calling (310) 943-1171. Visit the website for our other practices.

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