Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that’s toxic and flammable. Inhaling carbon monoxide can cause serious physical illness or even death. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a medical condition that can occur when victims do not realize they are inhaling the gas until it’s already affected their systems. There are several laws, rules, and regulations regarding appliances that give off carbon monoxide, as well as requirements for detection systems in buildings. If a property owner or product manufacturer breaks these rules, resulting in CO poisoning, victims could file claims against them in pursuit of monetary damages in Baltimore.
CO poisoning is a serious condition that can cause anything from flu-like symptoms to unconsciousness and death. Every year, more than 20,000 people visit emergency rooms for CO poisoning. If you recently experienced this type of harm, there could be someone legally responsible for paying for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Find out through a consultation with a lawyer at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Our Baltimore attorneys have secured outstanding results for clients in the past and might be able to do the same for you.
There are many different ways to prevent CO poisoning as an individual, business owner, or property manager. Installing carbon monoxide detectors is one of the most basic steps to take. Residences and workplaces at risk of CO leaks should have detectors as a reasonable method of detecting leaks before they cause health problems. Employers and property owners should check detectors regularly to make sure they are working. Other ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning include safety precautions such as:
Property owners and site managers should also schedule routine maintenance services for all appliances that burn coal or give off carbon monoxide to help prevent leaks from occurring in the first place. Carbon monoxide poisoning preventive measures are things one can reasonably expect from property owners and other parties that owe duties to keep residents and employees safe. Breaching these duties, resulting in CO poisoning, could lead to a lawsuit.
If no one detects it in time, a carbon monoxide leak can cause widespread illness and physical harms to all those in the building. Homes, apartment buildings, schools, offices, workplaces, hotels, and businesses should all be free from CO-related hazards. It is up to the property owner or landlord to make sure visitors and residents are safe. In general, property owner responsibilities include repairing known hazards, checking for unknown ones, and warning visitors of potential dangers that might exist on the premises.
CO poisoning can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, chest pain, weakness, headache, confusion, and unconsciousness. If someone is asleep or intoxicated, he or she could die from carbon monoxide poisoning before noticing symptoms in time to escape. The experienced team of attorneys at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy have helped personal injury plaintiffs in Baltimore for more than 70 years. We have the resources, experience, and expertise to lend the type of help you need when results really matter.
If you or a loved one has suffered from CO poisoning anywhere in Baltimore – even your own home – call our lawyers for the opportunity to discuss your case for free. You could have a claim against a property owner, product manufacturer, employer, or other party. There is a chance you could recover your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other damages. Call (410) 951-8744 to learn more about your claim in Baltimore.