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FAQs About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Texas

Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen to anyone, regardless of their age or health status. And because carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can be emitted by any fuel-burning appliance, the danger is all-too prevalent. If you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide in Laredo, Texas—or suspect that you may have been exposed—you may be wondering whether or not to contact Laredo carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys or what to do now.

Fortunately, our experts are here to answer common FAQs about carbon monoxide poisoning in Texas. Read on to find out what our Laredo attorneys at Carabin Shaw can do for you and find out how to receive a free consultation with one of our Laredo injury lawyers.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas that is a byproduct of incomplete combustion. It is characterized by an orange—rather than blue—flame.

Why is Carbon Monoxide So Dangerous?

Exposure to carbon monoxide is very dangerous, because when it is breathed in, it replaces the oxygen in the body and can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning—which may even be fatal. It is often referred to as the “silent killer,” because many people never know they are breathing it in until it is too late. This is why it is so crucial to install working carbon monoxide detectors in all residential spaces and to familiarize yourself with the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide symptoms often mimic those of the flu, minus the fever. They often include some combination of the following and can come on suddenly or gradually:

  • Tension headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Confusion
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Vision difficulties
  • Loss of balance
  • Memory problems
What Home Appliances Produce Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide can be emitted by any fuel-burning appliance or vehicle, such as:

  • Stoves
  • Fireplaces
  • Water heaters
  • Broilers
  • Furnaces
  • Lawn mowers
  • Generators
  • Cars
  • Barbecue grills
  • And more

This is why cars should never be allowed to idle in garages, and why outdoor appliances should never be used inside the home.

When Should I Contact a Lawyer After Carbon Monoxide Exposure?

It can be difficult to know what caused your carbon monoxide poisoning. Was your appliance defective, or did your carbon monoxide detector malfunction? And if the accident happened in a rented apartment, what duty did your landlord have to keep you safe?

Only a lawyer in the state where the accident occurred can conduct an investigation to help you answer these questions. If your accident was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to collect damages. But you won’t know your legal rights until you consult with a personal injury lawyer.

How Can I Consult with a Lawyer for Free?

Here at Carabin Shaw, our team has 200 years of combined legal experience—and we have been helping Texans win carbon monoxide claims for decades. Our Laredo injury lawyers can help you determine whether negligence played a role in your carbon monoxide poisoning, and can help you understand your options at every step of the process.

You should know that we offer all new clients a no cost, no obligation consultation with an attorney—meaning you have absolutely nothing to lose by giving us a call today and finding out what our Laredo attorneys at Carabin Shaw can do for you. We pride ourselves on treating all of our clients with the utmost professionalism and care, and our award-winning firm specializes in carbon monoxide injuries and damages.

So, call our Laredo, Texas office today at 956-333-3333 to receive your free consultation and case review with one of our Laredo carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys, and to find out how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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