Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas which, when inhaled, can cause illness and even death.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 Americans die each year
from carbon monoxide poisoning, with the highest rates of fatality among those aged 65 or older. In
addition, 4,000 people are hospitalized and more than 20,000 are taken to the emergency room.
Sources of Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is produced by a variety of sources from around the home, including:
- Combustion fumes from vehicles
- Gas-powered appliances
- Gas engines
- Burning wood and charcoal
- Heating systems
Gas from these sources can build up in enclosed or poorly-ventilated spaces, poisoning people or animals
who inhale it. You can decrease your risk for carbon monoxide poisoning by having regular professional
inspection of appliances and vehicles and by never burning materials in enclosed areas.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to those of many other illnesses, and therefore can
be difficult to diagnose unless the poisoning is suspected. Symptoms include:
- Chest Pain
Inhalation of high levels of carbon monoxide can cause a loss of consciousness or death to the victim.
If you or a loved one has been poisoned because of carbon monoxide exposure, you may be eligible for
compensation for your medical expenses and financial losses as a result of the accident. The Iowa
carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can evaluate your case and
determine if you have grounds for legal action. Contact our offices at 877-327-2600 to speak with an