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Are You at Risk of Being Harmed by a Carbon Monoxide Leak?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Jan-2018

Millions of homes in the United States contain a deadly gas cannot be seen, smelled or heard. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics estimate that carbon monoxide is responsible for more than 400 deaths and 50,000 emergency room visits each year. There are cases where negligence causes carbon monoxide poisoning. Circumstances that could cause negligent carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Improper ventilation: Buildings that use fuel-burning appliances or products must be properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide from building up.
  • Leaving vehicles running: Deaths and injuries may also occur when vehicles are left on in garages that are connected to residential dwellings.
  • Poor maintenance practices: Fuel-burning appliances and chimneys need to be regularly serviced. For example, blocked chimneys can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide. Wear and tear may cause fuel-burning appliances to leak.
  • Lack of carbon monoxide detectors: Residential dwellings and workplaces may lack carbon monoxide detectors. If these areas use fuel-burning appliances or equipment, there could be an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Defective products: Other types of defective products could be linked to carbon monoxide poisoning. For example, certain Ford Explorer SUVs may be responsible for several poisoning cases. Portable generators may also contain defects that increase the risk of being poisoned. Fuel-burning appliances may increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if they contain defects.

Can I File a Lawsuit for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur in homes, apartment complexes, restaurants, workplaces, hotels or schools. There are cases where landlords, employers, property management companies, product manufacturers, appliance technicians, homeowners or other parties are liable for injuries or deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning or their family members may have options to pursue damages against one or more of these parties.

The Washington DC premises liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have a proven record of helping individuals who were harmed by the negligent actions of others.

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