San Antonio Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Product Liability
Are you or someone you love a recent victim of carbon monoxide poisoning in San Antonio? Especially in winter, carbon monoxide exposure is exacerbated in areas of Texas where the power grid struggles to keep up with plummeting temperatures. In February 2021, 17 people died and over 1,500 were hospitalized from prolonged CO exposure.
In the wake of a confusing and devastating illness, it is understandable to want to know who is responsible, yet it is difficult to know where to begin. The experienced San Antonio product liability attorneys at Carabin Shaw can help you through every step, and you won’t need to worry about spending money up front. We offer free case reviews and initial consultations so you can be sure we’re the right advocate for you, and you don’t pay us unless we win.
You or your family might be dealing with looming medical bills as a result of CO poisoning, and in many cases, victims are entitled to compensation. Our lawyers know where and how damages can be obtained, and have a demonstrated history of fighting for everything our clients deserve. Read on to learn more about carbon monoxide poisoning and product liability.What Is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a gas with no color or odor. Prolonged exposure to this gas can be deadly for people and animals, and potential exposures can happen anywhere that fuel-burning engines or motors are used. If you were exposed to CO due to the negligence of another, you need an expert attorney on your side.How to Prevent CO Poisoning/What to Do if You Are Exposed
Follow these steps from the CDC to stay safer at home:
- You can protect your family and your pets by installing a carbon monoxide detector and ensuring that its batteries are changed every six months.
- You should never leave an engine or motor running in an enclosed space without proper ventilation.
- Avoid running any gas-powered engines in enclosed spaces, regardless of proximity to windows and doors.
- All vents in your home should be checked regularly, cleared of dust and debris, and replaced if necessary.
In the workplace, OSHA offers similar guidelines to keep employees safe:
- CO detectors and vents should be installed in any potentially hazardous areas.
- Air should be tested regularly in hazardous areas.
- Detectors and vents should be serviced/cleaned regularly.
Everyone should be aware of the following signs of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Chest Pains
CO poisoning can be reversed if caught in time—there are a few steps you should take to address the problem immediately and get help as fast as possible:
- First, you should safely move the victim to open/fresh air immediately to avoid further exposure.
- Next, call 911. First responders have the equipment and training needed to address immediate health concerns.
- If CO exposure is a risk in your workplace, there may be protocols in place to help exposed coworkers. Know your company’s guidelines regarding carbon monoxide and, if you are trained in CPR and oxygen administration, be prepared to act.
Depending on the situation, different parties may be held accountable for a carbon monoxide leak / exposure. This is why securing representation in the wake of a recent CO poisoning event is so important. Carabin Shaw is the best Texas law firm, we’re eager to offer our expertise and personalized touch to your case.
Our attorneys have experience winning personal injury and product liability cases for people all over Texas, so they know which questions to ask, what to document, and where to begin. If you are entitled to damages, we will fight for your maximum compensation. You can read Carabin Shaw’s client reviews to see the impact we’ve made in the lives of San Antonians and others.
If you or someone you know is a victim of CO poisoning in San Antonio, don’t hesitate to seek representation from Carabin Shaw. You can call us toll free at 800-862-1260. We have English and Spanish-speaking staff available to speak with you 24/7.