Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. The colorless and odorless gas gets into the victim’s bloodstream after being inhaled and absorbed into the body. Carbon monoxide in the blood steals the oxygen from the brain and slowly, albeit painlessly, kills.
Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of motors that burn fossil fuels. People who are living in states like Florida but were once from the northern part of the U.S. may recall warnings about keeping a car’s tailpipe free from obstructions such as snow and ice. Otherwise, a person sitting in a running car with a tailpipe stuck in a snowbank could die from carbon monoxide positioning after falling asleep in a warm car and never regaining consciousness.
While Florida does not have any snowbanks to contend with, there are other circumstances in which people are susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide can escape from gas stoves, heating systems, small gasoline engines, and burning charcoal or wood, among other sources in which fuels are consumed by combustion.
Lethal levels of carbon monoxide accumulate in small spaces or enclosed areas that lack proper ventilation. Therefore, anyone who runs a car in their garage needs to open the garage door first or have a vent. Running a small combustion motor can fill a garage with carbon monoxide too. Many people do not realize that a small motor such as an electricity generator must be ventilated or store out of doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
The family of a person who dies from carbon monoxide poisoning could be eligible to receive monetary damages for their loss. Under the Florida Wrongful Death Statute, the personal representative for the estate of the carbon monoxide poisoning victim can file a suit claiming damages for the benefit of the victim’s family. Damages under Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute include funeral and burial costs, last medical expenses of the deceased, compensation for the conscious pain and suffering of the victim before death, loss of income, loss of future earnings, lost society for a spouse, parent, or sibling, and loss of guidance for a child of the victim. The Florida Wrongful Death Statute specifies which family members are entitled to receive financial compensation for the death of their loved one.
Filing a Lawsuit on Behalf of a Loved One Tragically Killed in an Accident in Florida
Suppose you or a loved one or family member were tragically killed in a fatal accident. In that case, you may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills, surgical costs, medications, lost income, scarring and disfigurement, mental anguish, pain, and suffering that you may have suffered.
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