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Understanding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Your Legal Rights in North Dakota

Though carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable with the right safety measures and first-aid plan, over 400 people in the U.S. die annually from it and many more develop long-term illnesses. Because carbon monoxide is present in many North Dakota homes and workplaces, it’s important to know your legal rights and the best safety practices to keep you and your loved ones safe.

The North Dakota injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw have worked on numerous carbon monoxide poisoning cases in the state, making us the top choice for many North Dakotans seeking legal recourse for their injuries. We always offer free case reviews and initial consultations so our potential clients can be sure we’re the right team to win for them.

What Is Carbon Monoxide? Where Is it Found?

Carbon monoxide is gas without color, odor, or scent, making it especially dangerous for children and older people who are not paying as close attention to appliances and other sources for this gas. Data from the North Dakota Department of Health shows that for North Dakotans over 65, carbon monoxide was the leading substance in poisoning deaths from 2009-2014.

Carbon monoxide is created when fuel is burned in sources like gas engines and open flames. Many home appliances and workplace machines create this gas, which is why proper ventilation and detection are so important.

What Symptoms Should You Look Out For? How Can You Stay Safest?

As stated above, the occupants of any room where carbon monoxide is present or produced will be safest if the room and the source of gas are effectively ventilated. Working carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of a residence or workplace are also critical for letting occupants know when they need to get outside.

Because you can’t use sight, taste, or smell to detect carbon monoxide, you should know some of the symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure/poisoning:

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain

If you feel any of the above symptoms or have them reported to you, get all occupants to fresh air as quickly and safely as possible.

What Are Your Rights?

Depending on the circumstances and fault of other parties, you may be entitled to compensation for your North Dakota carbon monoxide case. After getting treated for your immediate injuries, you should contact our lawyers, who have decades of experience among them helping North Dakotans get back to their lives after a carbon monoxide injury.

As a renter in North Dakota, your landlord must have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed on every floor of your residence. A landlord’s responsibility also extends to regular maintenance checks and updates to appliances like stoves and dryers. Carabin Shaw has the most diligent carbon monoxide lawyers in North Dakota, and we will examine every element of your case to get you the fairest compensation possible.

As a worker, you have the right to safe working conditions and proper training to keep you out of harm’s way. In the context of carbon monoxide poisonings, this means that your workplace should have carbon monoxide detectors, properly maintained equipment, and effectively ventilated rooms. Engines should never be running more than 20 feet from a vent, window, or door.

Free Case Review at Carabin Shaw

If you believe you’re owed compensation for your injuries due to the negligence of your landlord or employer, then our attorneys are here to help. Before reaching out, you may want to read some of Carabin Shaw’s client reviews. These testimonies show not only the gratitude felt by our many clients, but the level of personal care we put into each case that comes before us.

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