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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Statistics | Dallas Injury Attorneys

Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous hazards all around us that we’re hardly aware of. Every day, people across the United States are unwittingly exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide and suffer serious injuries as a result. In Dallas, people can be exposed at work, at home, or at a public place such as a restaurant or hotel. Because carbon monoxide is a byproduct of many modern conveniences, the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning is everywhere.

If you or a loved one has suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning, you need a Dallas carbon monoxide poisoning attorney to review your case. An experienced lawyer will know how to investigate your accident and hold the liable party responsible for the injuries and damages you’ve suffered.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, also known as the “silent killer”, is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas, which makes it extremely difficult for people to know they’re being exposed to it before it’s too late. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic byproduct of the following substances when they’re incompletely burned:

  • Kerosene
  • Oil
  • Wood
  • Propane
  • Gasoline
  • Natural gas

The dangers of carbon monoxide are serious, which is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created stringent guidelines for best practices to limit workers’ exposure to carbon monoxide.

One rule is that workers cannot be exposed to carbon monoxide levels of more than 50 parts per million (PPM) of air over the course of the average eight-hour work day. Some fields of work, such as maritime workers, have their own distinct rules concerning CO exposure. To learn more about OSHA guidelines and how they may apply to your case, talk to a Dallas injury attorney.

Carbon Monoxide Statistics

Carbon monoxide is a serious threat to many people in today’s world because so many modern appliances and engines release CO as a byproduct. Below are some of the most important carbon monoxide poisoning statistics to understand the extent of this danger:

  • On average, more than 430 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning in the U.S. every year, which equates to more than 1 death per day.
  • In addition to the 430 deaths, nearly 50,000 people visit the emergency room due to accidental carbon monoxide exposure.
  • The most common cause of carbon monoxide poisoning is engine-driven tools, accounting for 42% of cases. After that, 39% are caused by heating systems, and consumer products are responsible for 19% of cases.
  • The three most dangerous states for carbon monoxide poisoning are Wyoming, followed by Alaska, and finally Montana.
  • The top five most dangerous states for CO poisoning all have a mean elevation of 1,900 feet or higher.
  • The three least dangerous states for CO poisoning are California and Massachusetts, followed by Virginia.
  • Every year, fire departments respond to approximately 72,000 calls concerning CO poisoning.

If you have questions about these carbon monoxide statistics or want to learn more about how to pursue damages in a carbon monoxide case, consult a Dallas carbon monoxide poisoning attorney.

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No one in Dallas should have to suffer from injuries due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The negligent party should be held responsible for their actions. If you or a loved one has suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning, you should talk to an attorney.

An experienced lawyer can review the unique circumstances of your case and formulate a plan to get you the justice you and your family deserve. The Law Firm of Carabin Shaw has been named a top 10 law firm in client satisfaction because we always put our client’s needs above all else. Call us today at 1-800-862-1260 to talk to one of our Dallas injury attorneys.

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