Pleasanton Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyers

Pleasanton, CA is a suburb of the San Francisco Bay area and home to over 70,000 residents, according to the 2010 Census, as well as a few prominent U.S. corporations. But, like in any other city, personal injury accidents do occur. One of the most dangerous types of accidents involves something that cannot be seen or smelled and is responsible for serious injuries and deaths throughout the nation. It is carbon monoxide (CO), also known as the "Silent Killer."

Carbon monoxide poisoning is serious and can occur suddenly without any warning because CO is colorless, odorless, and can be released by a number of appliances people have and use regularly in and outside their homes. If appliances are not properly manufactured or maintained, they can place everyone in their vicinity in danger. Likewise, if a vehicle’s CO emissions are above legal amounts or a defect causes the release of CO emissions into the occupant area of the vehicle, everyone inside the vehicle would be in danger.

What Does Carbon Monoxide Do?

Carbon monoxide is a gaseous byproduct of combustion processes, such as those that occur in motor-vehicles, gasoline engines, lanterns, stoves, gas ranges, gas generators, burning wood and charcoal, furnaces, and heating systems. CO can leak from these sources, into the air, and be breathed in by people and animals, with Carbon Monoxide exposure being the most dangerous in enclosed/poorly ventilated spaces.

The danger of CO gas is that it replaces the oxygen in your body. Red blood cells can pick up carbon monoxide more quickly than they do with oxygen. With a large amount of CO in the air, the body will begin replacing oxygen with CO, which leads to oxygen deprivation, which can ultimately result in tissue damage, organ failure, and death. The worst part of CO poisoning is that many people don’t even realize anything is wrong until it is too late.

Symptoms of CO Poisoning

California law dictates that every household be equipped with a CO detector, but it is important to be aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning and what you can do if you or members of your household experience them. Common symptoms of CO poisoning include:

  • Dizziness;
  • Headache;
  • Nausea;
  • Weakness;
  • Vomiting;
  • Confusion; and/or
  • Chest pain.

If you observe or experience any of the above systems, remove yourself and anyone else from the affected area to the outside fresh air and leave the door open after you leave in order to dissipate the CO levels. Call 911 and tell them about the situation. Do not go back into the affected area until it'€™s been cleared by the proper authorities.

Recovering after CO Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to serious cognitive and even physical impairments, which may require immediate treatment and potentially life-long management. The brain damage that can result from oxygen deprivation can be devastating, but it is even worse when it is the fault of another's negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered from CO poisoning due to a property owner'€™s failure to properly maintain appliances/gas lines, an appliance manufacturer's€™s faulty product design, a maintenance worker'€™s incompetence, or any other form of negligence, the skilled carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help you hold the at-fault party accountable. To find out how you can obtain the compensation you need for your recovery, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation at (800) 900-0863.

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