When people suffer carbon monoxide poisoning, immediately getting medical help will be critical to preventing potentially life-threatening complications. Once their health is no longer in danger, however, determining the causes of their injuries – especially whether or not any type of negligence may have contributed to their carbon monoxide poisoning will be critical to figuring out their legal options for obtaining compensation for their medical bills, injuries and losses.
In this three-part blog, we will answer some commonly asked questions about carbon monoxide poisoning, negligence and people’s options for holding any negligent parties responsible. While the answers provided in this blog series are general, you can get more specific info about your case by contacting a Boulder carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm.
Q: First of all, what is carbon monoxide?
A: Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly when people inhale too much of it. While carbon monoxide is a product of combustion (in other words, it’s produced when things burn), it can be generated by various types of common household products and equipment – especially if these products are somehow flawed or defective.
Q: How do I know if I’ve suffered carbon monoxide poisoning?
A: Given that it’s difficult (if not impossible) for people to detect carbon monoxide on their own, knowing the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be crucial to getting emergency medical attention as soon as possible. For moderate cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, the symptoms tend to mimic those of the flu, and they generally include:
- Breathing problems
- Disorientation and dizziness.
In more severe cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, people may experience symptoms like:
- An inability to control one’s muscles and/or coordinate movement
- Severe confusion and cognitive impairments
- Loss of consciousness.
According to regulators and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 170 people in the U.S. die annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 10,000 others are injured each year after being exposed to carbon monoxide.
Be sure to look for the upcoming parts of this blog for some more answers to questions about carbon monoxide poisoning cases.
Contacting a Boulder Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one is recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning that may have been caused by some party’s negligence, contact a Boulder carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm by calling us at 303-499-0449 or emailing us using the form at the side of the screen.
For more than 35 years, our esteemed legal professionals have been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured by defective products, dangerous premises and other negligence. Having handled countless cases, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need, and we can fiercely defend your rights in any legal setting. In fact, while we are aggressive litigators in court, we are also skilled negotiators outside of court. This makes our trusted lawyers a formidable force that will not back down until you secure the maximum possible compensation for your injuries, expenses and losses.