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Common Types of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases in El Paso

Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels—such as oil, gas, coal, or wood—do not burn completely. And because carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and poisonous, it poses a unique and common threat. Each year, 400 Americans are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning and 20,000 more are admitted to the emergency room for exposure to CO. If you’ve been injured by carbon monoxide poisoning in El Paso due to another person’s negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.

But what are the types of carbon monoxide poisoning? And how should you choose the right El Paso carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer? If you’re looking for answers, our experts are here to help. Read on to learn the common symptoms of CO poisoning and how to obtain a free consultation with an experienced injury attorney in El Paso.

Common Types of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Cases in El Paso: Mild vs. Severe CO Exposure

The severity of carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms depends on several factors, including the duration, amount, and location of the exposure.

Mild Exposure to Carbon Monoxide & Subsequent Symptoms

People exposed to low levels of carbon monoxide experience symptoms that are not always obvious. These symptoms may mimic the symptoms of the flu or food poisoning. However, unlike the flu, carbon monoxide exposure does not cause a fever.

The most common symptom of low level exposure to carbon monoxide is a tension-type headache, but other symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Stomach pain or nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness
  • Confusion
  • Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing

These symptoms may gradually worsen with prolonged exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide, so it’s important to seek medical attention if carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected. Furthermore, long term exposure to even low levels of carbon monoxide can cause permanent neurological damage or permanent damage to vital organs.

Moderate to Severe Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Breathing in higher levels of carbon monoxide gas can lead to more severe symptoms and can even result in death.

Symptoms of severe carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Impaired mental state
  • Vertigo
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of physical coordination
  • Personality changes
  • High heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute
  • Breathlessness
  • Muscle spasms or seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • And more

Prolonged exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide often causes serious and lifelong health complications. Carbon monoxide poisoning may severely damage the brain and the heart.

If you’ve been exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide, it is crucial to seek appropriate medical treatment for your injuries and then to consult an attorney to discuss your legal options.

Ready to Speak to a Qualified Lawyer? Our Firm is Ready to Help

Carbon monoxide exposure often leads to lifelong medical issues and substantial medical expenses, so it’s important to seek damages if your exposure was the result of negligence. Whether you’re ready to file a claim or just ready to learn more, Carabin Shaw is here to help.

We specialize in carbon monoxide poisoning cases, and our team of qualified attorneys has 200 combined years of legal experience. Carbon monoxide poisoning accidents are traumatic, but the process of filing your claim can be painless.

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If you’re still unsure about contacting a lawyer, know that our firm offers all new clients a no cost, no obligation consultation and case review with an injury attorney in El Paso. That means you have absolutely nothing to lose by giving us a call today. To find out how an experienced El Paso carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer can help you, call our El Paso office today at 915-779-2301 to receive a free consultation.

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