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.
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.