Helping Victims’ Families After Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Austin
If your family has been affected by a carbon monoxide poisoning case, you are likely wondering whether or not you should pursue legal action. A successful personal injury claim will help you receive compensation for the economic and non-financial impact of the poisoning, including medical bills, emotional distress, and, if applicable, wrongful death.
Hiring an experienced carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer will be a major asset to your case. The Texas attorneys at Carabin Shaw have extensive experience seeing clients through the process of a wrongful death claim after carbon monoxide poisoning.
Our team offers a free initial consultation and case review to every prospective client. To set yours up, call 800-862-1260, where our English- and Spanish-speaking staff is available to assist you at any hour.Can I Claim Damages for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
To win a settlement in a carbon monoxide claim, you and your attorney will have to argue that the poisoning was caused by the property owner’s negligence. A landlord or hotel owner might be considered liable for carbon monoxide poisoning if they fail to inspect and maintain gas lines and gas appliances such as ovens, refrigerators, and washer/dryer units.
Since carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, the only way to tell whether or not a home or hotel has a leak is with a carbon monoxide detector. Austin law states that all buildings that include both sleeping quarters and gas appliances—primarily homes and hotels—have to include carbon monoxide detectors. If a landlord or hotel owner fails to install detectors, or if they allow them to break down without repairing or replacing them, their negligence presents a serious risk to all residents or guests and leaves them vulnerable to gas poisoning claims.
If you believe that property owner negligence may have played a role in your family member’s injuries, look for an experienced Austin carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer to help you pursue damages.What Kind of Settlement Can I Receive After a Gas Poisoning Claim?
If you and your lawyer present a convincing argument, the property owner responsible for your loved one’s poisoning may want to settle in order to avoid a court case. A settlement for CO poisoning can consist of:
- Economic damages, which account for the financial impact of a poisoning. This might include medical bills, lost wages due to an inability to work during the period of recovery, and the cost of finding safe living arrangements. In the case of wrongful death, economic damages can cover the loss of potential future income and the cost of burial arrangements.
- Noneconomic damages account for the pain and suffering that ensue from an injury. CO poisoning can have several debilitating long-term effects, including loss of concentration, memory problems, and depression. Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning in Austin and their families deserve to be compensated for the ways that their injuries affected their quality of life. In a wrongful death claim, non-economic damages can cover loss of care and guidance for children, loss of emotional support for spouses, and emotional distress for all immediate family members.
- Punitive damages are sometimes owed to plaintiffs by defendants if the defendants demonstrated malice or gross negligence, leading to the plaintiff’s injuries. A carbon monoxide poisoning claim may warrant punitive damages if the property owner ignored repeated warnings about a gas leak or faulty detectors.
Carabin Shaw believes that families who have been impacted by carbon monoxide poisoning deserve their just compensation. Our attorneys will fight on your behalf, and will only accept legal fees if your claim earns you a settlement. To learn more about our firm and the services we offer, read some of Carabin Shaw’s client reviews and schedule your free consultation at 800-862-1260.
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