When to Contact a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer in Colorado
In 2021, the state of Colorado documented over 300 emergency department visits and almost 50 deaths due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The odorless gas is an ever-present threat to Colorado residents, usually through hazards near sleeping areas. Often, the negligence of someone else—such as a landlord or hotel manager—exacerbates these threats.
If you’ve suffered carbon monoxide injuries because of another party’s carelessness, contact a lawyer as soon as possible. By calling the toll-free number 800-862-1260, you can set up your free initial consultation and case review with the expert Colorado attorneys at Carabin Shaw. Our team is available 24/7 to support you in English or Spanish.Common Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Fuel-burning devices emit carbon monoxide when they incompletely burn fuel such as gas or wood. Thus, common appliances like dryers, heaters, and stoves are possible sources. The following conditions increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Improper installation or poor maintenance of appliances
- Lack of effective carbon monoxide detection systems
- Missing or poorly maintained ventilation systems like range hoods and fireplace vents
- Mislabeled or defective products
The most life-threatening circumstances involve high gas concentrations, enclosed spaces, and prolonged periods of time. For example, sleeping individuals are most vulnerable. As a result, rental properties, hotels, Airbnb bookings, and other vacation rentals are common sites of poisoning.
In cases of carbon monoxide poisoning, it can be hard to prove who’s responsible for injuries. In some situations, responsibility may be shared. No matter your case, carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers in Colorado can help you hold the appropriate parties liable for financial burdens and emotional suffering.Consequences of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
This deadly gas affects the human body by slowly replacing oxygen in blood cells. Therefore, all vital organs are susceptible to damage. The earliest symptoms, including headache and nausea, are mild but still disruptive. However, a medical professional might misdiagnose mild carbon monoxide poisoning as another condition with overlapping symptoms.
Though most light symptoms are reversible, the severe symptoms below can signal lasting damages (especially to the heart and brain):
- Poor concentration
- Chest pains
- Shortness of breath
- Vision or speech problems
- Miscarriage or fetal death
Although many people do recover from chronic exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide, long-term neurological effects are still possible. When assessing your case, an attorney can help you gather evidence for linking your illnesses to carbon monoxide and for showing the damages you’ve suffered as a result.Seeking Justice for Carbon Monoxide Injuries
Following exposure, you might wonder when to contact a carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer in Colorado. Uncertainties could consume you: Which rights do you have in your case? How can you prove who’s at fault? Is it too late to take legal action?
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years in Colorado, so taking quick action is extremely beneficial. And even if some time has passed, your legal team may still be able to help you gain compensation for your injuries.
In a carbon monoxide case, you might secure compensation for financial and nonfinancial damages, including the following:
- Medical bills, included projected future costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
Experienced lawyers provide indispensable expertise in carbon monoxide poisoning cases. For instance, your legal team understands how to gather and interpret relevant evidence to show causation and negligence. To maximize your settlement, attorneys also apply their knowledge of tenant rights, local regulations, legal precedents, standard procedures, and more.
In addition to legal skill, Carabin Shaw’s client reviews show our team’s compassionate approach to your concerns. With so many potential options, Carabin Shaw prioritizes your needs to help you make the decisions that are best for you and your healing above all.