Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Have You Been a Victim?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Have You Been a Victim?

While it might be easy to believe that the most dangerous threats are those we can see, one of the most dangerous gases is in fact colorless and odorless. With no taste, odor, or color, carbon monoxide is incredibly difficult to detect. To make matters worse, we are frequently surrounded by carbon monoxide (CO) through burning gas, wood, propane, and charcoal. Many of our common appliances and engines emit gas to create fuel. Given how often we are surrounded by the gas, it is crucial that we understand the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as how to treat it should it occur.

Call our Personal Injury Attorneys if you believe you may have been a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.

What Is My Risk Level for CO Poisoning?

At this point you are probably wondering what your risk level is for CO on a daily basis, as well as what effects it may have on you. Carbon monoxide poisoning is more frequently seen in the winter when we are more likely to use natural gas or heaters for warmth. One of the more common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning is the use of unvented space heaters, which use a combination of combustible fuel and indoor air to create heat within a space.

However, if the heater is not working correctly or installed properly, it can release toxic fumes such as carbon monoxide into a room while simultaneously using up vital oxygen. This problem is not simply isolated to space heaters, though, but extends to other household appliances such as clothes dryers and stoves. Thus, the risk level is oftentimes much higher than we realize.

What Causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and How Do I Know If I Am Affected?

Now that we know our risk level, the question remains, how is carbon monoxide poisonous and what does it do to the body? Poisoning occurs when the carbon monoxide you inhale builds up in your bloodstream, replacing the oxygen that is supposed to be in your red blood cells with the harmful gas. Over time, the carbon monoxide fumes can result in serious tissue and organ damage, and even death if untreated.

While it is important to note that carbon monoxide poisoning can look like other medical conditions like the flu or food poisoning, the risks associated with it can be life-threatening and should be taken seriously. Some of the most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headaches, weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, seizures, chest pain, seizures, rapid heartbeat, disorientation, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness.

Call Legal Counsel if Someone Was Responsible for Your Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If you or your loved one are experiencing many of the above symptoms, you may be a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning and should seek immediate medical attention. In addition to calling 911, affected persons should be moved outside in fresh air as soon as possible so they are no longer being exposed to the harmful gas. Do not reenter the space where the carbon monoxide is suspected, as it will cause further damage and may affect more people.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can have disastrous effects; however, you do not need to bear the brunt of the financial costs required to treat it. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a carbon monoxide leak, contact our qualified team at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law today to discuss a potential premises liability lawsuit.

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