Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyers in Texas

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Exposure to carbon monoxide can be especially dangerous and potentially life-threatening. While carbon monoxide is often very difficult to detect given that it is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, failing to properly recognize potential exposure can lead to serious illness and injuries, such as a coma, permanent brain damage, or other catastrophic injuries.

In some cases, these injuries may be caused by hotel owners or hotel management companies or other entities failing to properly maintain their equipment or ensure properties are equipped with carbon monoxide detectors; others fail to take steps to prevent equipment from causing exposure to carbon monoxide. If you or your loved one have been exposed to carbon monoxide and suffered injuries, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. If we are not able to win your case, you will not owe us anything.

what should i do after a carbon monoxide poisoning in texas?

If you have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, be careful to take the appropriate steps to seek potential compensation for your injuries. While each case is different, and the necessary steps may sometimes vary, common steps that will help you pursue any compensation you may be entitled to include:

1. Seek Any Necessary Medical Attention

If you or your loved one are suffering from a carbon monoxide injury, seek medical help as soon as possible. Even slight carbon monoxide exposure can require costly medical treatment and cause potentially catastrophic injuries including permanent brain damage or other permanent injuries.

2. Maintain Any Medical Records or Documentation

Be careful to maintain any medical records for any such treatment to help substantiate your claim and the full extent of the injuries suffered by you or your loved one. This documentation will help your attorney support the extent of your financial costs incurred in treating your carbon monoxide injury, as well as provide additional documentation that may indicate how you were exposed to the carbon monoxide.

3. Contact an Experienced Carbon Monoxide Injury Lawyer

As with many personal injury cases, one of the most important steps you can take to help you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries may be to hire a skilled carbon monoxide lawyer as soon as possible to handle your claim for you. Your attorney can help you understand the legal time limits within which you can file any lawsuit seeking compensation; they can also negotiate with any insurance companies on your behalf to seek a reasonable settlement offer and avoid the expense and delay of a trial.

How does carbon monoxide poisoning occur?

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas, consisting of one carbon molecule and one oxygen molecule (monoxide). Given the difficulty recognizing the presence of carbon monoxide gas versus natural gas and other substances, people may have no idea that they have been exposed until it may be too late and the victims fall unconscious, potentially suffering serious or permanent brain damage, or even death.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen in many places, including your home, your vehicle, or even while at work. The CDC estimates that approximately 430 people die every year in the United States from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, while about another 50,000 people visit emergency rooms or hospitals every year as a result of accidental exposure or poisoning.

Common Sources of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is ultimately a toxic byproduct that can occur from the incomplete burning of various substances, such as:

  • Oil
  • Wood
  • Kerosene
  • Gasoline
  • Propane
  • Natural gas

Common Causes of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Meanwhile, some of the most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning, or where the carbon monoxide gas originated from, may include:

  • Car exhausts, especially in enclosed spaces
  • Electric heaters
  • Water heaters
  • Furnaces that burn gasoline
  • Boats and RVs
  • Grills that burn coal
  • Fireplaces or chimneys
  • Gas-powered generators

Winter Storm Risk

Finally, the risk of poisoning from carbon monoxide during a winter storm is often much higher than during other weather conditions. During a winter storm, like the one Texas suffered in February 2021, people may rush to find additional heating sources or supplemental power sources, often using gasoline-powered generators or other equipment that can be deadly if used within an enclosed space. When areas lose power due to a winter storm, and people lose their primary source of heat, some individuals may attempt to use a generator, barbecue pit, or other outdoor equipment to produce heat indoors.

Because of the difficulty of staying warm during a winter storm, especially when it affects electrical power, individuals must keep in mind that any supplemental heating source must be properly operated and used to avoid potential exposure to harmful, poisonous vapors. Any heating system that works off of propane, natural gas, or oil can emit carbon monoxide, and even a fireplace can release this gas if it is not vented correctly. As a result, staying warm should be a priority, but doing so as safely as possible should be the goal.

Common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide can be especially dangerous in many cases because victims may overlook symptoms or dismiss them as symptoms of a less serious affliction such as food poisoning, the flu, or even the common cold. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention, as remedies and treatment for these more common afflictions will not treat injuries caused by exposure to carbon monoxide. Common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness

If you experience any of these symptoms seek medical treatment immediately. It cannot be stressed too strongly that carbon monoxide exposure can be very dangerous, potentially leading to death or permanent brain damage if the victim’s exposure is prolonged and if it goes untreated by a doctor.

how to prevent exposure to or poisoning by carbon monoxide

Poisoning caused by exposure to carbon monoxide is entirely preventable as long as proper preventive steps are taken and immediate medical attention is sought, especially if the potential victim detects any symptoms. First, under Texas law, every residential structure that uses gas or at least one gas appliance must have an operating carbon monoxide detector pursuant to Title 9, Subtitle A of the Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 766.

Meanwhile, some common tips you can follow to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your Texas household include:

  • Allow a qualified technician to service your water heater, heating system, and any other oil, gas, or coal burning appliance every year.
  • Make sure to keep all vents or airflows free of any debris, as debris could potentially block the ventilation lines.
  • Check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector at least once every six months, and make sure that you have at least one battery-powered carbon monoxide detector or one detector with a battery back-up in your home.
  • Be sure to never use a hibachi, lantern, charcoal grill, or a portable camping stove inside a tent, camper, or home.
  • Never leave your motor running in a car that is parked in an enclosed or mostly enclosed space, such as your garage.
  • Never use any gasoline-powered engine, pressure washer, or generator inside an enclosed structure, such as your garage or basement, even with the windows or doors being open.
  • Do not operate any pressure washer, generator, vehicle, or any other gasoline-powered engine if it is less than 20 feet from a door, vent, or open window where the exhaust could potentially vent into an enclosed area.
  • Call 911 or seek medical attention as soon as possible if you or your loved ones exhibit symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning or you suspect exposure.

contact a carbon monoxide lawyer in texas today

Exposure to carbon monoxide, even temporarily, can cause serious, potentially life-threatening or permanent injuries to victims that could leave them in comas, suffering from permanent brain damage, or even dead in some cases. As a result, it is crucial that homeowners—and especially businesses operating hotels or other structures that could potentially cause exposure to carbon monoxide for employees, guests, or others present in an enclosed structure—actively and consistently take necessary steps to prevent carbon monoxide from being present or from poisoning anyone that may be present.

If you have been injured due to carbon monoxide poisoning in Texas, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In most cases, you may need a lawyer to pursue a carbon monoxide injury claim on your behalf. By hiring a skilled, Texas injury attorney, you will have an advocate who will help you best understand your legal options as well as handle your claim while allowing you and your loved ones to focus on recovering from your injuries.

Call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer from Zinda Law Group. You will not be expected to pay anything unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

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