How Is Carbon Monoxide Produced?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is most often produced as a result of burning some kind of fuel, such as a gas-powered stove or engine. This means that any sort of engine-powered machine or equipment which uses propane gas, gasoline, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal can produce harmful CO which may lead to poisoning.
In homes, carbon monoxide often comes from stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, water heaters, furnaces, ranges and ovens. The combustion of the fuel source emits CO, which can be harmful if it is contained inside of a building and people are exposed to it.
Who Can Be Affected By Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Since carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas which can be present anywhere that fuel is burned, anyone can fall victim to carbon monoxide poisoning. It does not discriminate, and no one is immune from its toxicity.
Unborn children, infants, elderly, and individuals with anemia or respiratory issues are examples of groups of people who are especially vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Common Symptoms Of CO Poisoning
People who are exposed to lower levels of carbon monoxide often experience a range of what are often described as "flu-like" symptoms, including dizziness, vomiting, headaches, fatigue, stomach discomfort, chest pain, and disorientation. These symptoms and side-effects can have long-term health effects for people who are exposed.
In more serious cases, extensive or prolonged carbon monoxide exposure can result in oxygen being deprived from the brain. This can in turn result in a serious brain injury or other various life-altering medical complications, such as death.
If you or a loved one suffers from any of these symptoms or any other medical condition that you believe is a result of CO poisoning, it is imperative that you are seen by a qualified medical professional to determine whether or not your health is at risk.
Contact An Attorney For Legal Help & Answers
If you or a loved one has been exposed to carbon monoxide and are suffering from health complications as a result of the exposure, contact the award-winning personal injury lawyers at Davis Law Group to request a free legal consultation. Our team of attorneys can help you better understand your legal rights and determine if hiring an attorney may improve your chances of a successful outcome.
Call our office in Seattle at (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to speak with our team today about your case. If we believe we can help, our attorneys will meet with you at your convenience to discuss your options in more detail.