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Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Arizona

Leading Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is the byproduct of burning various fossil fuels. When combusted inside or in places without proper ventilation, these fuels produce an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that, when unknowingly inhaled, can lead to serious health complications up to, and including, death. Since it is more dense than air, carbon monoxide often accumulates in low-lying regions, basements, and the lower parts of houses, offices, apartment buildings, and garages. Therefore, people that reside in basement apartments or spend a lot of time in the lower floors of their homes need to be extra careful to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Most cases of carbon monoxide poisoning happen during the cooler winter months and are the result of unvented or improperly vented heating sources. Many cases of carbon monoxide poisoning could have been avoided through appropriate mitigations measures, including appliance maintenance and ventilation. Due to lack of oversight and safety precautions, after medical professionals, lawyers have become some of the leaders in carbon monoxide poisoning prevention, correction, and compensation.

According to John Hopkins, the most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning in Arizona and elsewhere are…

  • Malfunctioning cooking appliances
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Clogged chimneys
  • Auto exhaust or idling vehicles
  • Malfunctioning water heaters
  • Malfunctioning oil, wood, gas, or coal furnaces
  • Malfunctioning gas clothes dryers
  • Wood burning fireplaces, gas log burners, and unvented space heaters
  • Gas or fuel-burning appliances in cabins or campers, barbecue grills, pool or spa heaters, and ceiling-mounted heating units
  • Fires

Even in sunny Arizona, carbon monoxide poisoning is all too common and often fatal. In fact, there have been many Arizona carbon monoxide cases settled in recent years. If you believe you have been the victim of carbon monoxide exposure, first consult your doctor, then consult the leading carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers in Arizona at Carabin Shaw.

Carbon Monoxide Symptoms and Effects

The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are…

  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of balance
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Repeated, extended, or concentrated exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to chronic health issues – including brain, heart, and lung damage – or even death. Accidental or unknown exposure is unfortunately quite common. While medical attention is the first priority, the next should be contacting your local, Arizona attorney at Carabin Shaw.

Beyond justice for carbon monoxide poisoning victims, prevention is key. Be sure to install carbon monoxide detectors in all homes, apartments, and garages, especially in areas where fuel-burning appliances are present. These detectors should be tested regularly to ensure they are functioning correctly. It is also essential to maintain fuel-burning appliances, such as furnaces, water heaters, and stoves, and have them inspected by a professional regularly. If a carbon monoxide leak is suspected, it is crucial to evacuate the building or vehicle immediately and seek medical attention.

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If you believe you have been the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, we are here to help. Contact the top Arizona attorneys at Carabin Shaw. We offer free case reviews and free initial consultations and are always available toll-free at 800-862-1260.

If you have been wrongfully or unknowingly exposed to carbon monoxide and if you have chronic or acute injury due to carbon monoxide exposure, do not hesitate to contact an experienced carbon monoxide attorney in Arizona. Let our team get you the compensation you deserve. Our English and Spanish speaking operators are ready and available 24/7 to take your call.

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