Boat Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawsuits

Carl Saiontz

By Carl Saiontz
Posted July 3, 2013


As summer gets into full swing, an increasing number of cases involving carbon monoxide poisoning on boats are being reported. Federal health officials have warned that carbon monoxide exposure on boats is often unexpected and a misunderstood health hazard, which can cause permanent brain damage or death.

The carbon monoxide lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. not only investigate potential lawsuits for injuries that occur in homes and businesses, but also review potential boating carbon monoxide lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States where the exposure to the toxic gas was caused by the negligence of another person or corporation.

Carbon Monoxide Risks on Boats

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Coast Guard have warned that businesses and homes are not the only places where carbon monoxide can be a threat.

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Have Your or a Loved One Suffered Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on a Boat


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NOISH) and the U.S. Coast Guard were tasked with evaluating the risk of carbon monoxide gas on boats in 2000, and at least 800 incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat have been identified over the past 10 years, with at least 140 ending in death.

More than 300 of these incidents occurred on houseboats, with more than 200 of those caused by carbon monoxide fumes from generator exhaust.

Investigators have found that boat generator exhaust can build up to very high concentrations, placing boaters at risk of carbon monoxide injury or death.

The deadly, odorless, colorless gas can build up not just inside the boat, but outside as well. It can also build up due to a boat or other exhaust vent nearby a boat when it is docked.

In many cases, carbon monoxide boat poisoning can be confused for seasickeness or alcohol intoxication, increasing the danger of a carbon monoxide misdiagnosis by those on-site or later by a physician.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide on a boat can include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Convulsions or Seizures.

The Coast Guard warns that levels can get so high around some houseboats that only a few breaths can prove fatal.

Boating Carbon Monoxide Lawyers

In many cases, carbon monoxide exposure on a boat could have been prevented with a safer design of equipment on the boat or proper maintenance by owners or contractors responsible for the up-keep on the boat. The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and claim evaluations to help individuals determine whether financial compensation may be available through a boating lawsuit for carbon monoxide poisoning.

All claims are handled by our attorneys under a contingency fee agreement, which means there that our law firm receives no fees or reimbursed expenses unless we win the case. To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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