Defective boilers, furnaces and hot water heater in the home may pose a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning problems if they are defectively designed, improperly installed or negligently serviced. This reality was highlighted this week, with a recall issued for thousands of Crown Boiler gas hot water boilers, which may be installed in homes nationwide and pose a risk of leaking carbon monoxide gas into the home.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas that lacks any irritating factors to allow residents to know they may be exposed to a gas leak. As a result, it is commonly referred to as the “silent killer”, and is one of the leading causes of poisoning deaths nationwide.
By some estimates, more than 500 deaths each year in the U.S. occur due to carbon monoxide poisoning. A little more than 100 of those are blamed on liquid petroleum or natural gas burning appliances, according to some sources.
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. investigate potential cases nationwide for individuals who have suffered brain damage from carbon monoxide poisoning or other injuries resulting from exposure to the gas that was caused by the negligence of another person or corporation.
The Crown Boiler recall issued this week underscores the importance of making sure that functioning carbon monoxide alarms are installed in your home near areas where you sleep or spend considerable amounts of time.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicated on December 3 that about 2,200 Crown Boiler Company hot water boilers may have defective air pressure switches that could fail to properly shut the boiler down if there is a blockage. This could cause carbon monoxide gas to back up into a consumers home, posing a risk of serious and potentially life threatening injuries for all residents.
Because signs of carbon monoxide exposure mirror the flu or other similar ailments, individuals may delay getting treatment, prolonging their exposure and increasing their risk of suffering severe injury, such as:
- Brain Damage
- Cognitive Impairment
- Lack of Energy or Focus
- Heart Problems
Carbon Monoxide Lawsuits Over Boilers, Hot Water Heaters, Furnaces
The carbon monoxide lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals who suspect that they may have been exposed to carbon monoxide as a result of design defects or service issues with boilers, furnaces, hot water heaters and other items in the home. Through a carbon monoxide leak lawsuit, financial compensation may be available if responsibility for the exposure can be linked to the negligence of a manufacturer, service company, contractor, builder, landlord or property owner.
All cases are handled by our law firm on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket costs and we receive no attorney fees or expenses unless we obtain a recovery in for the carbon monoxide injury.
To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.