Carbon Monoxide Product Liability in California

Guidance from Our Campbell Personal Injury Lawyers

Determining fault in a carbon monoxide poisoning case is no easy task. You want to hold the at-fault party responsible for the losses you've suffered as a result of your exposure, but proving they were at-fault is complicated. This is why you need an experienced carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer from our reputable law firm,

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Products That May Cause Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a dangerous threat to human safety, but it is preventable in most cases. Most people are exposed to CO in their own homes as the result of gas appliances, but these products don't typically cause unsafe levels of CO buildup unless they are defective, have not been maintained, or were poorly inspected or repaired.

Every home will have a minimal level of CO in the air as the result of having gas appliances, but when these appliances malfunction, this level can become a health risk. In order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, you need to be aware of all the sources of CO. Knowing where it comes from can help you protect yourself and your family from being exposed to this dangerous gas.

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Where does carbon monoxide come from?

In short, carbon monoxide is a gaseous byproduct emitted when fuel is burned. As a result, CO may come from a wide variety of sources. These include:

  • Gas appliances, such as ovens, stoves, furnaces, clothes dryers, water heaters, and portable generators
  • Fireplaces
  • Oil or coal furnaces
  • Space heaters
  • Kerosene or oil heaters
  • Camp stoves
  • Charcoal grills
  • Gas grills
  • Gas-powered tools and lawn mowers
  • Car exhaust
  • Leaking chimneys

Sources such as those above may have a natural, but low, level of CO emissions; however, defective parts or other malfunctions can cause the level of CO emissions to be dangerously high, especially if the product is in an enclosed space. Exposure to high concentrations of carbon monoxide can lead to serious illness and even death, which is why it is important to regularly inspect gas appliances. Additionally, installing a CO detector, as is required by California law, can also help prevent buildup of dangerous CO levels.

How can negligence lead to CO poisoning?

Poor manufacturing or design can result in defects which cause CO to leak from gas appliances and other products. Though a carbon monoxide detector could identify such hazards, the negligent manufacturing or design of these products may result in illness or death, depending on the level of leakage. Additionally, it is possible for an appliance technician to fail to identify a potential problem or fail to repair a CO leak, resulting in a dangerous condition. In either of these cases, the negligent party may be held liable in civil court.

Dedication to Providing Effective Legal Representation

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, we are committed to investigating every detail of your CO incident in order to identify at-fault parties and will do everything in our power to help see to it that you are justly compensated. To find out more about holding negligent parties liable for your carbon monoxide exposure, contact us today for a free consultation at (800) 900-0863.

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