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Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning- What Oklahoma Victims Need to Know

Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning in Oklahoma may suffer a range of physical and emotional effects, depending on the severity and duration of the exposure. If you or a loved one has recently been exposed to carbon monoxide and are suffering from serious injuries as a result, it is strongly recommended that you discuss your legal options with a carbon monoxide poisoning attorney in Oklahoma as soon as possible.

The experienced, trusted legal professionals at Carabin Shaw have decades of experience representing victims of negligence across the southern United States. Read over our client reviews to get a better sense of our client relationships and what we may be able to do for you. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit.

How Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Defined?

When a victim inhales an “excessive” amount of carbon monoxide—an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas—oxygen cannot be carried to the body’s cells and tissues. This can lead to tissue damage and potentially life-threatening conditions.

Victims may experience symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Neurological damage
  • Organ failure

Victims may also experience long-term effects, such as cognitive impairment, memory loss, and chronic headaches. In the worst cases, carbon monoxide poisoning may lead to death. In addition to physical effects, victims may experience emotional trauma resulting in anger, grief, confusion, and denial.

Common Ways Victims in Oklahoma are Exposed to Carbon Monoxide

These are only a few possible sources of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have experienced symptoms such as those listed above and believe them to be caused by the negligence of another individual or company, consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  1. Furnaces, boilers, or space heaters that are poorly maintained or malfunctioning
  2. Gas appliances (water heaters, stoves, dryers, etc.) that are malfunctioning or poorly maintained
  3. Burning fuel indoors—often for cooking, heating, or lighting— or using gas-powered tools inside an apartment or house
  4. Car exhaust / a vehicle with a faulty exhaust system
  5. Blocked or damaged chimneys that cause carbon monoxide gas to build up in the home.

In any of these situations, exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to severe illness or injury.

Who Is Responsible?

Victims of CO poisoning may face a range of challenges, such as mounting medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing medical treatment. Negligence in carbon monoxide poisoning can occur in a number of ways and generally refers to a failure to take reasonable precautions to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide or to warn of its presence. Some examples of negligence in carbon monoxide poisoning could include:

  • Failure to properly install or maintain fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, and stoves.
  • Failure to properly vent exhaust from fuel-burning appliances, leading to carbon monoxide buildup.
  • Failure to properly maintain chimneys or flues, which can become blocked and prevent proper exhaust.
  • Failure to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors, which can alert occupants to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
  • Failure to respond to reports of carbon monoxide alarms or symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of another person's negligence, you may be able to pursue legal action with the help of a trusted attorney to recover damages.

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If you or a loved one has been a victim of Oklahoma carbon monoxide poisoning, it is important to seek medical attention immediately and contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options. An attorney can help you understand your rights, file a workers' compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit, and seek compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. They can also help you hold responsible parties accountable and ensure that similar incidents are prevented in the future.

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