Wrongful Death Lawyers for Carbon Monoxide (CO)
The loss of a loved one can have a devastating impact on the surviving children, spouse, parents and other family members. If an individual dies following carbon monoxide exposure that could have been avoided with the exercise of reasonable care by another person or corporation, the family may be entitles to financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can have sudden and long-lasting effects, potentially leaving individuals with:
- Brain Damage
- Heart Problems
- Neurological Damage
- Sudden Death
The carbon monoxide wrongful death lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. investigate potential claims for individuals and families throughout the United States who suffered problems from a carbon monoxide leak. To review whether your family may have a case, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Death Risks
Carbon monoxide deaths are the most common form of poisoning deaths in the world, and in many cases these tragedies could have been avoided.
Concentrations of carbon monoxide can start causing immediate health problems like headaches and dizziness at levels as low as 35 parts per million (ppm), and reach toxic levels at 100 ppm. However, individuals can die from carbon monoxide exposure in a very short amount of time when levels hit 1,600 ppm.
Individuals often do not immediately recognize that they are being exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide, since the gas is odorless and invisible to the human eye. That is why CO is commonly referred to as the “silent killer”.
Many people mistake symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure for the flu or other illness, often starting with signs like headaches, chest pain, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and confusion. The length of exposure may be increased if individuals fail to immediately recognize the leak, especially if it occurs at night or while they are sleeping.
Carbon monoxide gas kills by combining with the hemoglobin in your blood to form carboxyhemoglobin. This stops the blood from carrying oxygen, which prevents vital organs from getting the oxygen they need. This is known as hypoxia and can cause brain damage, neurological problems, severely stress the heart, and can kill if acute or prolonged enough.
Wrongful Death Benefits for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide deaths were common decades ago because of the heavy reliance on coal gas and cars without catalytic converters. However, since the transition to natural gas and safer cars, there should be little danger from appliances, heating systems and vehicles in most situations. However, if a heating system is poorly maintained, if an appliance is defectively designed or if generators or other devices are not properly ventilated, it could lead to a gas leak and a wrongful death case from carbon monoxide.
Through a carbon monoxide wrongful death lawsuit, family members and dependents may be able to obtain financial benefits if the injury could have been prevented.
Benefits available for wrongful death can vary from state-to-state, but most statutes allow primary beneficiaries to make a claim for financial damages following the preventable death of a:
- Husband or Wife
- Father or Mother
- Son or Daughter
In the event that there is no surviving spouse, parent or child, wrongful death claims may be available for certain secondary beneficiaries who were financially dependent upon the family member that died.
Generally, carbon monoxide wrongful death damages may include compensation for the financial consequences of the death, as well as for the mental anguish, emotional pain and suffering, loss of society, companionship, comfort, protection, care, attention, advice, counsel, training, education or guidance where applicable. The estate of the family member who died may also be entitled to financial compensation for the individuals carbon monoxide injury prior to the death.
Free Consultation with Wrongful Death Attorneys
The carbon monoxide law firm of Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. investigates potential injury and wrongful death cases throughout the United States, to help determine what legal rights may exist for families and whether financial compensation may be available.
No amount of money can make up for the death of a loved one. However, if carbon monoxide exposure may have been prevented, there are certain wrongful death rights that the family may have, and it is important to have an experienced wrongful death law firm investigate any potential case to make sure that benefits are protected.
Every legal claim does have a deadline, known as a statute of limitations, so it is important for families to review a potential wrongful death case as early as possible.
All lawsuits are reviewed by our wrongful death lawyers on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no costs to hire our law firm and we receive no attorney fees or expenses unless a recovery is secured for the death or injury suffered.