Orlando Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorneys
Carbon monoxide is a gas produced by incomplete combustion in devices that burn fuel, such as cars, gas furnaces or water heaters, and portable electrical generators. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is very dangerous. In fact, according to statistics released by the Centers For Disease Control in 2007,1 unintentional exposure to carbon monoxide accounts for approximately 15,000 visits to the emergency room every year and 500 accidental deaths annually.
If you are one of those victims and you have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, it is important to understand what options you have for compensation. Overchuck & Associate, P.A. is a nationally recognized Orlando personal injury law firm that handles carbon monoxide cases, and our Orlando injury attorneys can help you to determine what recourse you have and what steps you can take to protect your rights.
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is an especially dangerous gas because it is both odorless and tasteless. This makes it difficult for people to know when they have been exposed. Carbon monoxide poisoning is also dangerous because the symptoms, which include headaches and dizziness, can mimic other less serious ailments. People who experience these symptoms may choose not to seek medical help because, initially, they think there’s nothing really wrong. Or they may visit a doctor and not be properly diagnosed. This can make carbon monoxide injuries worse because the body is deprived of oxygen for a longer period of time.
What Happens If You Are Exposed?
The red blood cells in your body contain a metalloprotein called hemoglobin that is responsible for carrying oxygen. When you are exposed to carbon monoxide fumes, the hemoglobin carried by your red blood cells will bind more readily with the carbon monoxide than with oxygen. The hemoglobin and carbon monoxide form a compound called carboxyhemoglobin, which can block oxygen from being properly transported. This causes many different health problems.
The specifics of your medical problems will vary depending on how much carbon monoxide exposure you suffer and how much oxygen your body is able to get. Chronic exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can cause:
- Memory loss; and
Acute exposure can cause symptoms including:
- A feeling of being lightheaded;
- Sensations resembling the flu;
- Damage your nervous system and heart;
- Coma; or even
Carbon Monoxide Exposure and Personal Injury Claims Because of the known dangers of carbon monoxide, exposure to the toxic gas should be avoided. Unfortunately, sometimes avoiding carbon monoxide is not possible if you are exposed through someone else’s negligence. In these cases, you may wish to file a civil suit to recover for damages or wrongful death.
Carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuits often occur as a result of a landlord or property owner failing to take reasonable care with their property and causing exposure to tenants or guests. Carbon monoxide lawsuits may also occur because of portable generators used when engaging in popular outdoor activities such as boating or camping.
If you believe someone was responsible for your carbon monoxide poisoning, there are specific legal requirements that must be met to prove your personal injury claim and receive compensation. This usually means proving negligence and proving the negligence resulted in harm. Overchuck & Associate, P.A. represent clients who suffer from carbon monoxide exposure, and they can help you gather the evidence you need to recover what you deserve.
Contact our Central Florida – Orlando Carbon Monoxide Lawyers
Please contact the highly experienced Orlando Personal Injury law firm of Overchuck & Associate, P.A. if you believe you have a carbon monoxide poisoning case. Our Central Florida carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys have represented many clients in the past and handle cases nationwide. Call us today at 407-872-6222 or fill out our online form for a free evaluation of your case. We respect your privacy and will keep your information confidential.
Overchuck & Associate, P.A.
1503 West Smith Street
Orlando, FL 32804
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