San Diego Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorneys
Law Firm Representing Victims of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas that is produced by many fuel-powered machines in the world today. While this gas can be harmless when present in an outdoor environment, it can quickly turn deadly when enclosed indoors. Because it lacks distinct features that a person's senses can detect, it can easily affect a subject, quickly causing damage to the heart and nervous system that can lead to death after a large amount or long-term exposure. Due to the toxic nature of the gas and a lack of oxygen in victims' bodies, permanent damage may result.
When such an incident occurs due to another's negligence or a defective product, those at fault can be held liable for the injuries that ensue. At the Jurewitz Law Group, San Diego carbon monoxide poisoning victims can find quality legal representation that will represent them in court and win the compensation they need to recover from their losses.
What Are Common Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide is produced by many common items in homes around the world. When these items are negligently used or defective, CO poisoning can easily result. Some of these products are:
- Propane-powered heaters and stoves
- Kerosene space heaters
- Any gasoline-powered engine in motor vehicles, such as cars, motorcycles, and boats
- Spray paint, solvents, paint removers, and degreasers
- Gas water heaters
- Charcoal grills
- Generators that run on gasoline or diesel fuel
Many of these items are meant to be used outdoors in order to prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide. However, when they are used in or close to an indoor space, such as leaving a car running in a home's garage, CO can quickly build up in enclosed spaces and poison those nearby.
CO Poisoning Symptoms
While carbon monoxide must build up in a person's system to damage the brain or organs, symptoms can begin very quickly and are a telltale sign of poisoning and a possible CO leak. Symptoms of CO poisoning include:
- Headache, dizziness, confusion, agitation, drowsiness, depression, and/or nausea;
- Chest and/or abdominal pain;
- Flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue;
- Memory and walking problems;
- Impaired judgment;
- Shortness of breath during exertion; and
- Fainting and/or seizure.
Any and all of these are symptoms that a person is experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning. If this occurs, everyone present should leave the area, go outdoors and dial 911 for emergency medical treatment. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be successfully treated when diagnosed quickly and permanent damage can be prevented by swift action.
Dedicated Legal Representation in San Diego
Carbon monoxide poisoning is an incredibly serious issue that affects thousands of people in the United States every year, putting victims at risk of serious health issues and even death. Those who suffer CO poisoning and the families of those who have died due to another party's negligence or a defective product have the right to seek compensation for their injuries and losses and hold at-fault parties responsible for their actions. The Jurewitz Law Group's San Diego injury attorneys are dedicated to winning just and full compensation and obtaining justice for injured victims. Contact our law team today at (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020 if you or a loved one has suffered the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning and you would like more information on how we can help.
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Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.