Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Product Liability in Oklahoma
Everyone in Oklahoma is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Commonly known as the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is difficult to detect. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100,000 people visit the emergency room every year in the United States because of carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also responsible for at least 420 deaths.
Many of these cases are accidental and could have been prevented. For this reason, there are various laws and regulations surrounding carbon monoxide poisoning and product liability in Oklahoma to help prevent these accidents.
If you are a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, another person or party may be at fault. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause pain and suffering, rack up expensive medical bills, and cause you to miss work—but you may be liable to receive compensation for damages. Expert Oklahoma attorneys at Carabin Shaw will help you build a successful case so you can receive the compensation you deserve.What Causes Carbon Monoxide?
Many common household appliances can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is the result of fuels that don’t burn properly, and many of these types of fuels are used in appliances such as stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, central heating systems, space heaters, gas-powered tools, and more.What Are Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Breathing in too much carbon monoxide can cause you to pass out or even kill you. In many cases, carbon monoxide will first make you very sick, but people who are sleeping or drunk may die from carbon monoxide poisoning before even being aware of the symptoms. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Upset stomach
- Chest pain
In many cases, carbon monoxide results when a product is defective or damaged, or when a product has not been installed or maintained properly. In these instances, another party may be liable for your damages.
Most carbon monoxide poisoning cases are filed as either defective product claims or premises liability claims. A lawyer will help you determine which case to file.Product Liability
When a defective or damaged product causes carbon monoxide poisoning, liable parties may include the product designer or product manufacturer. It may also include the business who sold or installed the product.
To prove product liability, carbon monoxide Poisoning lawyers in Oklahoma will gather evidence to demonstrate the following:
- The product was being used as intended
- The product was defective
- The product defect caused your carbon monoxide poisoning
In some cases, products or appliances are not properly installed or maintained. In these situations, the person who owns the property where the carbon monoxide exposure occurred should be liable.
Premises liability attorneys in Oklahoma will gather evidence to demonstrate:
- You suffered carbon monoxide poisoning
- The person or party owned, operated, or leased the property where you were exposed to carbon monoxide
- The person or party did not properly maintain the appliance that led to carbon monoxide poisoning
If you are a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning and another person is at fault, you may be liable to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income due to missing work or not being able to work
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- And more
If you are a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, do not wait to seek compensation for your damages. Take a look at Carabin Shaw’s client reviews and connect with an attorney at our office.
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