Carbon monoxide is commonly known by another name – the “silent killer.” This type of poisoning is called the silent killer because carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating. People can be experiencing poisoning and not even realize it before they lose consciousness and are unable to escape the dangers. Carbon monoxide exposure can lead to serious brain injuries and even death to victims.
Unfortunately, many instances of carbon monoxide poisoning are caused by the careless or negligent actions of other people, such as property owners, landlords, manufacturers of defective products, and more. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our San Francisco carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys are here to help victims of these cases secure the compensation they deserve.
Why Choose Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger?
When you or a loved one have sustained carbon monoxide poisoning, you need a team with vast experience handling these cases. Here are some of our successful cases:
- Our product liability team was among the first specialists in the country to achieve a seven-figure settlement against a well-known national pool and spa heater maker for defects in the design of their gas-fired spa heater. In this case, a 21-year-old college student was killed due to the defect. Our team worked with engineering experts to uncover design flaws in the induced draft combustion system.
- In another matter related to carbon monoxide poisoning, our team represented a couple who were residential tenants and suffered CO exposure and injuries due to a defective apartment wall heater. We made sure that the heater was preserved for evidence and was evaluated by a well-known expert who fully examined the system. Our expert found flaws in both the installation and maintenance of the system.
- Our team also obtained a settlement of more than $12 million on behalf of a middle-aged professional who sustained brain damage from a carbon monoxide leak into his hotel room while he was a paying guest. His room was located directly above the hotel mechanical room, which powers the hotel pool and spa heater. Due to the poorly maintained heater and ventilation system, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide accumulated in our client’s room. Our client sustained significant brain damage and was left permanently disabled.
How Does Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Happen?
There are various ways that carbon monoxide poisoning can occur. In many cases, CO poisoning occurs due to the following household items:
- Oil and gas heaters
- Charcoal and gas grills
- Gasoline and diesel generators
- Gas-powered tools
- Water heaters
- Kitchen gas stoves
- Camp stoves
There are various parties that can be held liable for carbon monoxide exposure. They can include:
- Companies that manufacture defective products. In many cases, a carbon monoxide leak occurs due to faulty product designs or manufacturing errors. If any of the items listed above, or any other products that can produce carbon monoxide, are defective, the company or manufacturer of that product could be held liable for any damages.
- Landlord and property manager negligence. Landlords, property managers, and business owners are legally required to take reasonable steps to avoid carbon monoxide exposure on their property. This includes following all state and federal safety standards and performing regular inspections and maintenance to prevent CO leaks. Property managers should install approved carbon monoxide detectors.
- Utility or maintenance companies. In many cases, utility or gas companies are responsible for inspecting and maintenance of appliances or lines that could produce carbon monoxide. In other cases, contractors may cause damage that leads to a CO leak. If any utility, maintenance, or construction company is careless in their duties, they could cause carbon monoxide poisoning and be held liable for any damages.
What Are the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
While carbon monoxide may not have a color, smell, or taste, there are still certain signs and symptoms of CO exposure that people need to be aware of.
- Sudden fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
Anybody can sustain carbon monoxide poisoning. However, those most at risk are unborn babies, infants, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems. We also want to note that carbon monoxide poisoning can be particularly dangerous for those who are sleeping or intoxicated, as they will likely not even know they are being exposed.
What Kind of Compensation is Available?
There are various types of compensation that may be available to victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. This can include the following:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the carbon monoxide exposure
- Recovery of lost wages if a victim cannot work
- Coverage of any necessary long-term care for the victim
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a company, manufacturer, or property manager
There is no set amount of money awarded to victims in San Francisco carbon monoxide poisoning cases. Rather, the total amount awarded to victims will depend on the specific elements in each particular case.
Contact an Attorney Today
If you or someone you care about has been exposed to carbon monoxide due to the negligence of another person or entity, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our qualified and experienced team will investigate every aspect of your case. We have vast experience helping people in situations just like yours, so let us get to work today. When you need a San Francisco carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer, call us today for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling your location number on our contact page.