Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: When Can You Sue?

Blood sample for Carbon monoxide test which is used to diagnose carbon monoxide poisoning.

Every year in the United States, hundreds of people are killed in carbon monoxide-related deaths. Most of these deaths happen when a person is exposed to the deadly gas in a confined area, such as a closed garage, inside an RV, or on a boat. Others occur when carbon monoxide builds up in hotel rooms or apartments because the building owner or a technician failed to observe proper safety precautions when servicing heaters, furnaces, boilers, and water heaters.

If someone you love was injured or killed due to carbon monoxide poisoning, you may be eligible for compensation. A carbon monoxide poisoning attorney at Robenalt Law can evaluate your situation, explain your options, and fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.

What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when excess carbon monoxide is in the air, and the body replaces oxygen molecules with carbon monoxide. It is often caused by breathing in carbon monoxide created from the incomplete or inefficient combustion of fuel. Furnaces, space heaters, water heaters, and engines all produce carbon monoxide. When the poisonous gas builds up in an enclosed space and a person inhales it, the gas builds up in the person’s blood and can deprive the brain, heart, and other body parts of oxygen. When there is too much carbon dioxide in the blood, a person can suffer brain damage, permanent disability, and even death.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Common signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • General discomfort or lack of well-being
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Low blood pressure
  • Ataxia (uncoordinated movement)

In the most severe cases, carbon monoxide poisoning can result in permanent brain damage, heart damage, miscarriage, or death.

Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Preventable?

Carbon monoxide poisoning is entirely preventable. When it happens, it is almost always because of an unsafe condition, improper maintenance, or a defective product.

Who Can Be Liable for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Determining who is legally responsible for carbon monoxide poisoning is often fact-dependent. Depending on your circumstances, any of the following could be liable for carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Property owner
  • Landlord
  • Hotel
  • Employer
  • HVAC contractor
  • Maintenance professional
  • Product manufacturer

Our carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers will investigate the cause of your injuries. If we can prove one of these defendants was negligent and their negligence caused your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning.

How Do I Prove a Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit?

To seek compensation in a carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuit, your lawyer must prove:

  • Duty - the defendant had a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care.
  • Breach - an act or omission by the defendant violated their duty of care.
  • Causation - the defendant’s breach of duty caused your injuries.
  • Damages - you suffered economic and other losses because of the defendant’s conduct.

For example, if a loved one suffered brain damage or died due to carbon monoxide poisoning and the hotel room or apartment they were staying in did not have carbon monoxide detectors, the property owner could be liable. Or, suppose the property owner contracted with an HVAC technician to perform seasonal maintenance and the contractor performed the service incorrectly. Then, the HVAC company could be liable for your damages.

Contact a Cleveland Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorney Today

If a loved one was injured or killed because of carbon monoxide poisoning, the carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers at Robenalt Law can help. Led by Tom Robenalt, Robenalt Law has a proven record of success representing people who were injured or killed because of someone else’s negligence. Our lawyers can investigate the cause of your injuries and fight to hold the responsible parties accountable for the harm they caused.

To put our expertise to work for you, contact Robenalt Law today. Call (216) 223-7535 your initial consultation is free, and you only owe us a fee if we recover money for you.