Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuits can be filed whenever someone is seriously injured, or loses their life, because of exposure to the deadly gas that could have been prevented had it not been for another party’s negligence.
If you were harmed after being exposed to CO and would like to explore your legal options for filing a carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuit, please call Wieand Law Firm, LLC.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Pennsylvania
Carbon monoxide is a gas that has no odor, no color, and no taste. When inhaled in a poorly ventilated area, it can be lethal. The gas is a byproduct of common devices or appliances including furnaces, water boilers, generators, wood stoves, exhaust pipes, and anything else that is powered by gas, wood, oil, or charcoal.
It is estimated that in every American home, there is at least one appliance, item, or device that could produce carbon monoxide. Unfortunately, most homes, especially those that have not been newly constructed, do not have any CO detectors. Due to the dangerous effects of CO, and given the fact that there are at least 10,000 related injuries and 500 deaths every year in the U.S., it is important to take the necessary precautionary measures ahead of time.
Following exposure to carbon monoxide, it is imperative to choose a skilled carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer to handle your case. Failure to do so could result in significant financial losses.
Why CO Poisoning Cases are Unique
Carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuits in Pennsylvania are unlike any other personal injury lawsuit in that they are very difficult to investigate. The plaintiff will need to have an idea of when and how they were exposed to the toxic gas. A lawyer may follow this information up by conducting an in depth investigation of the area and any devices that have a combustible engine. Using these findings, a negligent party may be identified. These parties could include:
- A property owner
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The Dangerous Effects of Carbon Monoxide
Because CO is odorless, invisible, and has no taste it is not possible to detect it without a detector or special equipment. Signs of exposure could include:
- Continuous headache
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of judgment
- Loss of consciousness
Many victims fail to recognize these symptoms, or even may associate them with the flu. In many cases, it’s not until the gas has caused serious problems that a victim realizes something is not right. Sometimes, the affected person is unable to move or even speak causing them to be put into a life threatening situation that could be fatal. Long term effects of exposure include:
- Loss of hearing of vision
- Brain damage
- Cognitive impairment
- Heart problems
- Memory loss
- Sleep disturbances
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Exposure to CO can change your life, or that of another person’s, forever. If you believe you or your family was exposed to carbon monoxide, and would like to find out if you have grounds for a Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuit, please call Wieand Law Firm, LLC.
What is the difference between Pennsylvania carbon monoxide verdicts and settlements?
Carbon monoxide poisoning is frequently the result of negligence on part of another person or entity. Out of a large number of the, on average, 15,000 injuries and 500 deaths every year from CO exposure, many could have been prevented but happened because of a malfunctioning appliance or device. When this does happen a carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuit may be filed to recover monetary compensation.
Sources of Carbon Monoxide Gas and Its Effects
Carbon monoxide is a byproduct from a broad range of devices that use a combustible engine or fuel source. The most common products that could cause a CO leak include:
- Car exhaust
- Water boiler
- Gas furnace
- Charcoal grills
- Fireplace and chimneys
- Gas ovens/stones
- Electric heaters
Both short and long term exposure to carbon monoxide can cause severe, permanent, or fatal injuries, such as:
- Brain damage
- Cognitive impairment
- Respiratory failure
- Cardiac arrest
- Motor impairment
- Impaired senses
- Behavior changes
Treating carbon monoxide poisoning often requires pure oxygen for hyperbaric chamber treatment in addition to other forms of treatment. The financial losses can soar into thousands of dollars for moderate injuries and over 6 figures when permanent injuries or death occurred.
Filing a CO Poisoning Lawsuit
Whether you or a loved one was exposed, and harmed, to CO gas, if negligence was a factor, you may be able to file a carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuit. Most of these lawsuits will reach a settlement, but some will need to go to trial in order to win a verdict. For more information on Pennsylvania carbon monoxide verdicts and settlements, contact a lawyer today.
A trial verdict occurs whenever the plaintiff (you) and the defendant are unable to reach an agreement out of court. If a case requires a verdict, it will be heard before a jury and/or judge. Points on evidence and relevant law will be disputed by both sides; after which, the jury or judge will decide the plaintiff is right and should be compensated or the defendant is right and no compensation should be given.
A settlement is a type of agreement that is voluntary entered into by the plaintiff and the defendant. In a settlement, both sides have come to a resolution; thereby, will not need to go to court. Nearly 95% of all personal injury cases, including carbon monoxide poisoning, will reach a settlement.
A law firm only recommends a client settles when the terms are favorable given the circumstances of the case, and the risk of receiving less in a verdict might be possible.
The Difference Matters
When you choose a carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer, you should ensure the firm is ready to maximize the results of your case whether begotten by Pennsylvania carbon monoxide verdicts or settlements. In most cases, reaching an amicable settlement is ideal as it can reduce time, money, risk, and stress load for the client. However, when the defendant is unwilling to settle for a fair amount, you will want an aggressive, experienced trial lawyer who has what it takes to stand up in court and fight for your rights and losses.
A personal injury attorney can help recover maximum Pennsylvania carbon monoxide settlements and verdicts for people who have been poisoned by carbon monoxide. To find out more, please call a lawyer from Wieand Law Firm today for a complimentary case review.