Child Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Can Kill a Child Within Minutes
Carbon monoxide – an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas – can be deadly. This is because carbon monoxide poisoning is usually not immediately detectable. Studies have found that each year 400,000 people – some of them children – suffer injuries resulting from exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning. Five hundred are killed each year because of this toxic substance.
Many materials contain carbon including gasoline, propane, coal, kerosene, and wood. When these materials burn they release Carbon monoxide in a gas. When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it replaces the oxygen that is in the blood; it also keeps oxygen from flowing to vital organs such as the brain and heart, among others.
The Center for Disease Control reports that 20,000 Americans are treated annually in hospital emergency rooms for carbon monoxide poisoning, many of which are children.
Common Sources, Defendants & Symptoms
Children who have been exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning generally experience any of the following debilitating symptoms: chronic headaches, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness and nausea. If a child is exposed to large amounts of carbon monoxide poisoning, he or she may lose consciousness or possibly suffocate within a matter of minutes.
The most common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning include, but are not limited to, automobile exhausts, fireplaces, chimneys, furnaces, tobacco smoke, as well as gasoline powered tools and equipment.
There are several possible parties that may be named as a defendant in a child carbon monoxide poisoning case. Depending on the facts of the case, the responsible party may include:
- Automobile manufacturers;
- Product retailers;
- Residential and commercial builders;
- Product manufacturers;
- Gas companies;
- Home Owner
- Building Owner
- Product distributors; and
- An individual worker who improperly installed, inspected or repaired appliances.
Legal Liability in a Child Carbon Monoxide Case
Landlords and business owners are required by law to take reasonable steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Damages for the following may be available:
- Medical expenses, both current and future;
- Mental anguish;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Wrongful death.
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If your child has been injured due to carbon monoxide poisoning, you may have a legal claim. Possible exposure to an invisible danger like this is frightening for any parent. If your child’s carbon monoxide poisoning was due to another’s negligence, you have the right to hold that person or company responsible for their actions and any injuries caused to your child. The child accident victim and personal injury claims attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan have represented many families with children that have been injured. With decades of experience successfully representing victims in all types of child injury cases, including those involving carbon monoxide poisoning, our skilled lawyers will advocate on your child’s behalf.
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call our law offices today to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 or click the link below to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.
Our Massachusetts Child Carbon Monoxide Injury Attorneys assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts including, but not limited to, those in the following counties, cities and towns: Plymouth County, Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Holbrook, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Westport, Dartmouth, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton; Cape Cod, Hyannis, Falmouth, Barnstable and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn, Revere, Dorchester, Roxbury.
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