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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Side Effects Could Result In Renal Failure Lawsuits

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Renal Failure, Skin Lesions, Short-Term Memory Loss, Dementia, Irritability, Speech Disturbances, Parkinson-Like Syndromes, Cortical Blindness, Depression

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Carbon monoxide is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, and can kill can kill you before you are aware it is in your home or vehicle. The effects of carbon monoxide exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure. Over 40,000 people a year seek medical attention for carbon monoxide poisoning in the United States. In the U.S., an estimated 200 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning associated with home fuel-burning heating equipment.  Each year, more than 500 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recently Coleman heaters have been linked to Carbon dioxide deaths.

Acute Symptoms

The earliest symptoms, particularly from low level exposures, are often non-specific and are easily confused with other illnesses, typically flu-like viral syndromes, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and migraine or other headaches. Often this makes the diagnosis of carbon monoxide poisoning difficult. If suspected the diagnosis can be confirmed by measurement of blood carboxyhemoglobin.

The main signs of poisoning develop in the organ systems most dependent on oxygen use: the central nervous system and the heart. The clinical manifestations include tachycardia and hypertension, and central nervous system symptoms such as headache, dizziness, confusion, convulsions, and unconsciousness. Carbon dixoxide poisoning may also produce myocardial ischemia, atrial fibrillation, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, hyperglycemia, muscle necrosis, acute renal failure, skin lesions, visual and auditory problems, and respiratory arrest.

One of the main concerns following carbon dioxide poisoning is the severe neurological manifestations that may occur days or even weeks after an acute poisoning. Common problems encountered are difficulty with higher intellectual functions and short-term memory, dementia, irritability, gait disturbance, speech disturbances, parkinson-like syndromes, cortical blindness, and depression (depression can occur in those accidentally exposed).

Chronic Symptoms

Long term, and repeat exposures present a greater risk to persons with coronary heart disease and in pregnant patients. Chronic exposure may increase the incidence of cardiovascular symptoms in some workers i.e. motor vehicle examiners, firefighters, and welders. Patients often complain of persistent headaches, lightheadedness, depression, confusion, and nausea. Upon removal from exposure the symptoms usually resolve.

Unvented kerosene and gas space heaters; leaking chimneys and furnaces; back-drafting from furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces; gas stoves; generators and other gasoline powered equipment; automobile exhaust from attached garages; and tobacco smoke are all sources of carbon monoxide.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If you or a loved one suffered a wrongful death as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from a defective Coleman heater, contact Parker & Waichman, LLP for a free and confidential consultation about your potential case. Call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) or fill out the short form to the right.


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Two Dead of Apparent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Holbrook, New York Auto Shop

Feb 10, 2015
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Suffolk County (New York) police say two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning at a Holbrook auto-detailing shop Thursday night. Shop owner Porfiro Alvarez, 54, of Freeport, and employee Jose Rufino Gonzalez, 25, of Bellport, were found dead inside the shop Thursday evening, Newsday reports. Alvarez's relatives went to the shop because they had not heard from him since Tuesday. The relatives arrived at Super Auto Detail about 6:15 p.m. but...

Carbon Monoxide Risk Prompts Gas Range Recall

Nov 25, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Georgia About 900 Electrolux ICON® and Kenmore PRO® 30”Gas Ranges have been recalled due to carbon monoxide poisoning hazard the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Augusta, Georgia, manufactured the recalled ranges. An incorrect part allows more fuel to pass to the range’s oven than can be burned efficiently, causing incomplete combustion and the release of carbon monoxide. This...

Coleman Sued Over Hazardous Heaters

Jan 17, 2007 |
Two lawsuits filed last month in federal court in Washington State seek to hold Coleman responsible for a series of carbon-monoxide-related deaths. At issue are Coleman’s PowerMate 5045 propane heaters, which plaintiffs claim have a defect that “produces deadly levels of carbon monoxide.” Coleman, a division of Jarden Corporation, is one of the most popular brands of outdoor and camping equipment. The first suit against the company was filed on behalf of a 5-year-old boy who...

Campers' Families Sue Heater Company

Jan 1, 2007 | AP
The Warning Is on The Back of The Coleman Co., Propane Heaters The warning is on the back of the Coleman Co., propane heaters: "For outdoor or well-ventilated construction use only. Never use inside house, camper, tent, vehicle or other unventilated or enclosed area." The families of five people who were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while camping in southwestern Washington's Lewis County this year say the bright orange labels weren't enough to prevent the deaths. In two federal...

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