Have you or someone you love suffered serious injuries as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Our Dallas attorneys are happy to investigate the circumstances of your claim and advise you of your legal options moving forward at no cost to you. Call us at 1-877-405-4313 for a free consultation.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that is commonly produced when fuel is burnt in closed-air spaces such as homes, apartments, hotels, garages, and other enclosed areas.
This dangerous gas is known as “the silent killer” due to the fact that carbon monoxide exposure often causes victims to fall asleep or pass out, the result of which can easily lead to the victim’s death. In fact, over 10,000 people are hospitalized and over 500 die from CO poisoning in America every single year.
While liability can be a complex subject when it comes to these types of cases, its important for victims to understand that personal injury attorneys exist to help victims just like you. Not only can they provide free advice to victims, they can help gather evidence, investigate the circumstances of the incident, and pursue a claim on your behalf — and all at no out of pocket cost to you.
At Rasansky Law Firm, we handle personal injury and wrongful death cases on contingency. What this means is that we only earn a fee IF and WHEN we win your case and put money in your pocket. If for some reason we are not able to recover compensation for you, you walk away without owing us a single penny.
Carbon monoxide detectors and liability.
The laws regarding carbon monoxide detectors vary widely from state to state, and even from city to city. While Texas law only requires that carbon monoxide detectors be installed in qualifying daycare centers, group daycare homes, and family homes, building codes in many cities (such as Dallas) require CO detectors to be installed in all new dwellings, as well as existing dwellings which undergo alterations, repairs or additions.
It’s important to understand, though, that even if carbon monoxide detectors may not be legally required, this would not absolve the property owner, landlord, or responsible party from liability. Personal injury law is based heavily on reasonability. Is it reasonable for a landlord or building owner to install low-cost CO detectors in order to potentially save lives? You bet. Would failing to take these simple and inexpensive preventative measures count as negligence? In many cases, the answer is a resounding yes.
Some types of properties, like apartments and hotels, may owe occupants an even-higher duty of care. These property owners are required to adhere to more-stringent building codes, and often have a legal duty to check for gas leaks, install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors, and respond to the concerns of tenants in a timely manner. Failure to perform any of these duties may constitute negligence on their part, opening them up to liability if someone is injured or killed as a result.
Common causes and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is incredibly deadly, yet completely undetectable by humans. This is why it’s so important for people to use CO detectors, as well as educate themselves on the symptoms common to CO poisoning.
Carbon monoxide can come from many sources, including furnaces, boilers, water heaters, fireplaces, gas stoves and ovens, grills, generators, automobiles, and more. The most-common warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are fatigue or sleepiness, confusion, headaches, migraines, chest pains, wheezing, personality changes, and flu-like symptoms.
If you become unusually fatigued or confused while inside of a building, room, or other enclosed space, it’s vital that you stay alert, have everyone step outside, and contact the fire department with your suspicions. If you are suffering from confusion, headaches, or extreme fatigue, seek medical attention immediately. Do not return until you have been given the go-ahead by authorities, and if you do return, make sure that you have a reliable carbon monoxide detector.
While carbon monoxide poisoning does not discriminate, the very young and the elderly are at a particularly-high risk of serious harm due to their weakened biological architecture and nervous systems.
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm can help.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, you and your family may be owed compensation for your resulting damages. This includes compensation for things such as past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, loss of quality of life, physical disabilities, and more.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, your claim may fall under premises liability or product liability. These two areas of law can be very complex, but our Dallas lawyers are here to help you through the claims process from beginning to end.
We will investigate the circumstances of your case, file a claim on your behalf, handle communication with the insurance companies, and work toward recovering the compensation you deserve. You will never pay us a penny out of pocket to pursue your claim, as we only earn a fee if we actually win you money.
Speak With a Dallas Injury Attorney For Free
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100, or toll-free at 1-877-405-4313.