Carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for approximately 400 to 500 deaths and thousands of injuries every year. If you experienced carbon monoxide poisoning or if a loved one lost their life, you may seek compensation for damages in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. At Tiano O’Dell, PLLC, a West Virginia carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer stands ready to represent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning and offer a complimentary consultation to discuss your case. Make sure your rights are preserved and protected.
West Virginia Code Sec. 29-3-16a requires the installation of a carbon monoxide detector in any residential unit built after July 1, 1998, that has a fuel-burning cooking or heating source or which is connected to a building (such as a garage) that has a fuel-burning heating or cooking source. Any person installing a carbon monoxide detector or repairing a fuel-burning cooking or heating appliance must inform the owner or occupants of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. When carbon monoxide builds up in enclosed areas, poisoning can occur by inhalation. If you believe you have been the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, you may wish to speak with a West Virginia carbon monoxide poisoning attorney to learn your available legal options. Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms include:
- Chest pain
Carbon monoxide poisoning is often hard to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to other illnesses. People who are sleeping or intoxicated can die before even experiencing the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. All people and animals are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning but unborn babies, infants, and persons with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems are more susceptible. Every year some 400 deaths occur from carbon monoxide poisoning and 20,000 people visit emergency rooms from carbon monoxide poisoning yearly while 4,000 are hospitalized. If you or your family members have been affected by carbon monoxide and you suspect negligence, a Charleston personal injury lawyer at Tiano O’Dell, PLLC can help you seek fair compensation.
Potential Sources of Carbon Monoxide
- Engine exhaust (when running)
- Combustion fumes
- Gas and charcoal grills
- Water heater
- Pool heaters
Call a West Virginia Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer Today
It is essential to preserve your rights if you were harmed in a carbon monoxide poisoning incident. The attorneys at Tiano O’Dell, PLLC are recognized as West Virginia Super Lawyers and as Top 100 Trial Lawyers; they have earned these distinguished honors because of their superior client service and legal professionalism. A West Virginia personal injury lawsuit may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more. There are no fees involved unless we settle or win your case. To schedule your complimentary case evaluation, contact Tiano O’Dell, PLLC at (304) 720-6700.