Omaha Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorney

The popularity of gas stoves and fireplaces has unfortunately led to an increased number of cases of carbon monoxide poisoning nationwide. The use of carbon monoxide detectors is important in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning, although many people move into a home connected with gas, not understanding the devastating impact carbon monoxide can have.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is dangerous because it is an odorless and colorless gas and will often remain undetectable without alerts fixated throughout your house or business. It is produced any time fuel is burned, not only on gas stoves or furnaces but also through cars, trucks, grills, and lanterns. Carbon monoxide poisoning quickly leads to symptoms such as vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. It is particularly since victims often pass out before symptoms reveal themselves. This is an extremely dangerous situation for infants who may sleep through carbon monoxide poisoning only to suffer severe injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 20,000 people visit hospitals and emergency rooms each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning.[1] While the number of people who require ongoing medical treatment is much lower (around 4,000), this still represents a sizeable number of people each year who are poisoned through something that has such a simple early detection system.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Recovery

Carbon monoxide poisoning is often the responsibility of a property owner. The failure to install proper carbon monoxide detections throughout the property when the property has a gas line may lead to liability.  Additionally, a manufacturer who sold a defective product which led to a gas leak may be held liable for any negligence during the manufacturing process. Furthermore, any home repair or maintenance technician who repaired a gas line or related item on the property may be held liable for a gas leak caused by the repair.

As a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, you are entitled to seek damages from the responsible party which will cover the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very serious injury and can quickly lead to death if not treated in time. The numbers of people who are stricken with carbon monoxide poisoning has decreased from a few decades ago but still remains high largely due to the negligence of property owners and manufacturers. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in making the appropriate claim for your injuries.

The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska

If you or a loved one have experienced carbon monoxide poisoning, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Knowles Law Firm. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling personal injury cases which involve devastating injuries. Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/co/faqs.htm