If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one because of carbon monoxide exposure, there is a chance the exposure was caused by another's negligence. This means you could be entitled to compensation for physical, financial, and emotional damages caused by the injury or death.
However, pursuing compensation on your own is extremely difficult. You will need to know state laws on carbon monoxide exposure, how to investigate what happened, and how to determine the full value of your damages. This is why you should strongly consider hiring a Stuart carbon monoxide lawyer to represent you. A skilled attorney can manage your case from start to finish and will have the legal knowledge and experience your case requires.
The Stuart personal injury attorneys at Gordon & Doner have helped many victims of negligence obtain the fair compensation they are entitled to receive. We offer a free, no obligation legal consultation and do not charge attorney’s fees unless you are compensated.
How Carbon Monoxide Exposure Happens
Carbon monoxide is a gas that is produced when fuel is burned to power a combustion engine or some other item. This means carbon monoxide exposure can occur around a variety of appliances and other items you could easily come into contact with at home, at work or even at a hotel, including:
- Gas-powered generators
- Gas-powered tools
- Gas grills
- Charcoal grills
- Hot water heaters
- Wood-burning stoves
These devices are designed to release a small amount of carbon monoxide that is not very likely to cause injury. However, if there is a leak or some type of damage or malfunction with the item, you could be exposed to dangerous levels of this gas. This is particularly true if the exposure happens in an enclosed space, like a garage. Unfortunately, since this gas is colorless and odorless you might not even know you are being exposed.
If you are experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure, you should seek immediate medical treatment and contact a Stuart carbon monoxide attorney for a free consultation. You may have a valid legal claim for compensation for your damages.
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Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide exposure can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Vision problems
- Problems speaking
- Pain in the chest
- Feeling light-headed
- Worsening of cardiovascular issues
These issues are similar to symptoms of the flu, which is a common reason why these symptoms go unreported.
If you are exposed to carbon monoxide for an extended period of time, such as a few weeks, you could suffer more severe and potentially life-threatening injuries, such as:
- Cardiovascular issues, including heart attack
- Impairment of your senses or motor functions
- Breathing problems
- Brain damage
However, even short-term exposure can cause long-term health problems, including damage to your internal organs and your brain.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and think you may have been exposed to carbon monoxide, seek medical help right away. Seeking treatment immediately could help prevent long-term damage or possibly reduce the risk of you suffering long-term health effects.
The Stuart carbon monoxide lawyers at Gordon & Doner can review your situation to determine your legal options. We are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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Liability for Carbon Monoxide Exposure
If you have a valid claim, our Stuart carbon monoxide attorneys will carefully review what happened to determine who could be held liable for you being exposed. In a carbon monoxide poisoning case, there are multiple parties who could be responsible, including:
- Property owners
- Business owners
- Property management companies
- Construction companies
- Government entities that own property
- Manufacturers of home appliances
- Product designers
- Companies responsible for repair and maintenance of appliances
These entities could be held liable for a variety of reasons. For example, if a product was defective and this defect caused the release of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, the manufacturer could be held liable for the way the product was put together or how it was designed.
Property owners, landlords, business owners and property management companies could be held liable for failing to conduct routine maintenance or repairs of equipment that could release carbon monoxide. Repair companies could also be held liable for failing to fix appliances or failing to warn homeowners or property owners about the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide.
The carbon monoxide lawyers in Stuart at our firm can launch a comprehensive investigation to determine liability for your injuries.
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Florida Law on Carbon Monoxide Detectors
One of the ways our carbon monoxide attorneys in Stuart may be able to prove liability for your carbon monoxide exposure is by establishing that the liable party violated state laws. For example, under Florida Statute 553.885, certain buildings must have carbon monoxide alarms.
The law says that every new building or addition to a building constructed on or after July 1, 2008, that has any of the following must have an approved operational carbon monoxide alarm installed within 10 feet of each room used for sleeping:
- Fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance
- Attached garage
- Other feature, fixture or element that emits carbon monoxide as a byproduct of combustion
The only exceptions to this law are hospitals, inpatient hospice facilities or nursing homes licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration. The law says approved operational carbon monoxide detectors need to be installed inside or directly outside of every room that has a fossil-fuel-burning heater, engine or small appliance.
An approved carbon monoxide alarm can be either a hard-wired or battery-powered carbon monoxide alarm or a combination smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
Compensation for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If you have a viable claim, our attorneys are prepared to pursue the compensation you deserve for the physical, financial and emotional damages you have suffered, including:
- Physical injuries and harm
- Lost wages
- Current and future medical costs
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
- Lost earning capacity
Our Stuart carbon monoxide attorneys may be able to pursue insurance compensation for your damages. We are prepared to negotiate with the liable party and its insurance company to obtain fair compensation.
However, if we are unable to reach a satisfactory settlement, we are prepared to file a lawsuit to recover fair compensation. Sometimes the threat of a lawsuit causes insurance companies to offer fair compensation. This is one of the advantages to working with an attorney who has courtroom experience and has recovered fair compensation for clients. Insurance companies know the attorneys who avoid the courtroom and those who are not afraid to go there to pursue the justice and compensation their clients are entitled to receive.
There is a limited amount of time to pursue compensation, so it is best to contact a carbon monoxide lawyer in Stuart as soon as possible so time does not run out.
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Statute of Limitations
Every lawsuit is governed by a statute of limitations, which sets a deadline for filing a lawsuit for a given type of case. If you fail to file a lawsuit within that period of time, you lose the right to do so.
Carbon monoxide lawsuits have different statutes of limitations depending on who is liable for your injury. If you were exposed to carbon monoxide because of a defective product, your lawsuit is governed by the product liability statute of limitations. In Florida, this statute of limitations is four years from the date of injury. This same statute of limitations applies to personal injury claims.
It can be difficult to determine the statute of limitations for your lawsuit on your own. This is one of the reasons it helps to have an experienced Stuart carbon monoxide lawyer working with you. He or she will be able to determine the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit and ensure your lawsuit is filed on time.
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Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause life-changing health problems. Our attorneys understand how devastating these health problems can be on a physical, financial and emotional level.
Our carbon monoxide lawyers in Stuart may be able to help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your damages. We offer a free, no obligation legal consultation and will not charge for representing you unless we recover fair compensation.
We know compensation cannot change what happened, but it can help you and your family move forward.
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