Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide, the silent killer, is one of the most dangerous gases that you may not know about. It is called the silent killer because you may experience an exposure and not even know it until you feel the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, or even worse, succumb to the gas. In order to protect yourself, you should be able to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as the long-term problems that can arise.

Breaking Down the Symptoms

Below is a list of the most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because this is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas, you should know how it affects you and what to do if you are at risk of significant exposure If you experience any of the problems listed below and suspect Carbon Monoxide poisoning, you should call your utility company, immediately leave the area, seek fresh air, and call an ambulance.

  • Headache: You may not feel significant pain immediately. It typically starts as a dull and mild headache that worsens as you suffer further exposure to the gas.
  • Body weakness: Your body may feel weaker than usual, making it challenging for you to do certain activities or even stand.
  • Dizziness: The moment dizziness sets in, it could be the dangerous gas impacting your coordination and balance.
  • Nausea and vomiting: The gas can quickly cause you to feel sick and you may vomit as a result.
  • Shortness of breath: CO binds to your red blood cells preventing your blood from carrying oxygen to the organs where it is needed literally causing suffocation from the inside.
  • Confusion: Like how CO can cause dizziness, it can also result in confusion because of the impact the gas has depriving your brain of oxygen.
  • Blurred vision: If you notice your vision beginning to become blurry, it could be due to the carbon monoxide.
  • Unconsciousness: If you lose consciousness, this is the worst-case scenario. The presentation of other symptoms may allow you to get out of the situation before the loss of consciousness. Losing consciousness subjects you to additional exposure and possibly death.

Long-Term Problems

Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to significant tissue damage. In the worst-case scenario, carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal. If you suffer injuries, or if your loved one suffers fatal damages because of CO poisoning because of someone else’s negligence, you have specific rights.

Our San Jose carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys will investigate the cause of the exposure. If the cause of the problem was due to a company’s failure to ventilate certain appliances or parts of their business correctly, they are negligent in their care for patrons.

Caputo & Van Der Walde takes these cases very seriously. We’ll work hard to help you recognize what rights and options you have to hold the negligent party accountable and pursue compensation. We’ll be your guide throughout the process and work to obtain justice on your behalf.

Call us today at (800) 900-0863 to discuss your potential case.