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San Antonio Carbon Monoxide Lawyer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 420 people die in the U.S. from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning each year and more than 100,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department.

Texas law requires daycare centers, apartment buildings, and family homes to have carbon monoxide detectors. However, some property owners and managers neglect to supply these life-saving devices to their tenants. 

If you or your loved one suffered carbon monoxide poisoning due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, time off of work, and pain and suffering. Reach out to the experienced carbon monoxide lawyers at The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, to discuss your situation confidentially in a risk-free consultation.

Why Choose The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, for Your Carbon Monoxide Claim?

No one should suffer silently for the wrongful or negligent acts of others. If your carbon monoxide detector was faulty, improperly installed, or not installed according to state law, you need to speak up for yourself and others like yourself.

The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, has decades of experience fighting for the injured in San Antonio. Our firm was founded on the principle of providing personalized, high-quality legal services to our clients. 

We believe injury victims deserve skilled, affordable representation that does not back down to a challenge. Our San Antonio injury lawyers are proud to exceed our clients’ expectations and be recommended by former clients and other attorneys.

Contact us in San Antonio today to learn more about the carbon monoxide claims process and schedule your complimentary claim review.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide or CO is a gas found in fumes produced by the fuel-burning process. CO is created by motor vehicles, some furnaces, fireplaces, and many household appliances.

Carbon monoxide cannot be seen and has no odor.

What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when too much CO is breathed in by a victim. This causes carbon monoxide to build up in the bloodstream and replace oxygen in the red blood cells.

What Causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning typically occurs in the winter and is caused by being in an enclosed space with a malfunctioning appliance. Heat-producing appliances are subject to carbon monoxide poisoning.

These may include: 

  • Space heaters;
  • Gas furnaces;
  • Gas fireplaces;
  • Gas stoves; and
  • Kerosene heaters.

Fresh air and proper ventilation can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

What Are the Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning may experience any number of symptoms. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Headache;
  • Dizziness;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Muscle pain;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Confusion;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Chest pain;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Rapid breathing;
  • Abnormal heartbeat;
  • Low blood pressure;
  • Seizures; or
  • Loss of consciousness.

Young children, older adults, those with heart or lung disease, and family pets may become ill before others. 

Types of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

There are different types of carbon monoxide poisoning. A victim’s type of CO poisoning determines their treatment and prognosis for recovery.  

Acute carbon monoxide poisoning is the result of a sudden exposure to a large amount of CO. Acute carbon monoxide poisoning often causes headaches. A severe case may cause chest pain or a cardiac event and result in neurological damage. 

Chronic carbon monoxide poisoning happens at a low CO level over a prolonged time. While chances of recovery are good, long-term exposure can worsen a victim’s pre-existing conditions.

A victim may also suffer fatal CO poisoning. When carbon monoxide builds to an irreversible point in the bloodstream, death can occur in minutes. The risk of wrongful death from CO poisoning is as high as 31% in serious cases. If you have lost a loved one to CO poisoning, contact a San Antonio wrongful death lawyer to learn about your legal options.

What are the Long-Term Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Survivors of carbon monoxide poisoning can face permanent organ damage. The heart and brain require a continuous supply of oxygen to function and are starved by CO poisoning. 

Carbon monoxide poisoning can also lead to brain cell death and permanent neurological damage resulting in memory, speech, and concentration issues. 

Compensation Available in a San Antonio Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claim

The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning affect more than a victim’s physical health. CO poisoning reaches into every aspect of a victim’s life to touch their mental, emotional, and financial well-being. 

Initial treatment for CO poisoning can be costly, causing a victim to miss work, and be unable to pay their monthly bills. Ongoing or chronic care for CO poisoning can prove overwhelming for a victim and leave them without any financial resources for medical costs or living expenses.

Victims who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning due to someone else’s negligence may qualify for compensation for their injuries and other provable losses. A victim’s losses may vary according to their circumstances.

Compensation available for CO poisoning may include but is not limited to the following: 

  • Medical bills;
  • Prescriptions;
  • Lost wages;
  • Loss of earning capacity;
  • Physical impairment;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Mental and emotional trauma;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life;
  • Loss of consortium; and
  • Wrongful death expenses.

If a CO poisoning victim was injured at work due to an employer’s negligence, they may qualify to file a lawsuit against their employer or a negligent product manufacturer.

An experienced carbon monoxide poisoning attorney will thoroughly investigate a workplace accident to determine who is responsible for their client’s injuries. Multiple parties can share responsibility in a personal injury claim.

Contact an Experienced San Antonio Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorney Today

At The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, our first concern is that you get the medical care needed for your injuries. Carbon monoxide poisoning is serious and can impact you for the rest of your life.

Once you have a thorough examination, we will examine your situation at no cost. Texas law protects victims of negligent landlords, property owners, manufacturers of faulty products, and employers. If you qualify for compensation, we will let you know and advise you of your next legal steps.

Our San Antonio accident law firm will also answer your questions about the claims process and put your mind at ease. Legal claims are complex and you need to understand your rights. 

Reach out to The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC, now to schedule your risk-free consultation with a carbon monoxide poisoning attorney. We handle our cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we only gets paid when we win compensation for you.

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