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.