Should I contact a lawyer if I believe I am being exposed to carbon monoxide?
Yes. Carbon monoxide is responsible for more than 50,000 hospital visits and 500 deaths every year. When exposed to it, your health can be seriously at risk.
What is carbon monoxide and where can it come from?
Carbon monoxide is a tasteless and odorless gas that can cause significant damage to a person’s brain, heart, and other parts of the body. It is generated by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and is a common byproduct of cars, boats and other vehicles. It can also come from home appliances and devices such as furnaces, hot water heaters, power generators, dryers, ovens and stoves.
How can carbon monoxide affect my health?
When inhaled, carbon monoxide binds “intensely” to a person’s hemoglobin, which normally attaches to oxygen. When enough oxygen is displaced by the carbon monoxide, the body’s organs do not receive the fuel they need to function properly. A person being exposed to carbon monoxide can suffer from severe headaches, nausea, fatigue, sleep disturbance, dizziness, emotional distress and motor deficits. Other common symptoms include chest pains, angina, arrhythmias, confusion, problems reading, short-term memory loss, and diminished mental processing speed.
Why is it important for me to contact a lawyer in cases of carbon monoxide exposure?
Because carbon monoxide can have extreme negative effects on human health and resembles other illnesses, such as the common flu, it is important to seek legal help so that the exact cause of the client’s symptoms can be isolated. In addition, if the exposure is coming from an external force that the client has no control over, the client deserves compensation. In many cases, the exposure comes from a defective product. For example, carbon monoxide leaks may result from faulty appliance installations, in which case the installer would be held legally responsible. Contacting a lawyer can increase your chances of receiving the compensation that you deserve.
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