Maryland Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorneys Hold Employers Responsible
Getting compensation for workers who’ve been exposed to CO
It’s not uncommon to hear about people who are killed in their homes by carbon monoxide, also identified as CO, but it’s also a very real risk in the workplace. Laborers who work with fire or molten metals, automobiles, and ships are often at greater risk of acute carbon monoxide poisoning in their daily work, and can be unwitting victims of chronic CO poisoning. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, can help determine if working in an unsafe environment was a factor in your carbon monoxide case.
What is an employer’s obligation for CO prevention?
It is always a company’s responsibility to protect its employees from any danger. OSHA recommends that employers take the following steps to prevent carbon monoxide buildup on the job:
- Install effective ventilation. In enclosed spaces where CO can build up, use venting setups and equipment that can remove CO quickly and completely
- Maintain heaters and equipment. The proper upkeep of motor, heaters and venting apparatuses will ensure they are operating safely and producing minimal CO emissions
- Switch to electric-powered equipment. The burning of fuel is the primary source of CO in the workplace, making electricity a safer alternative
- Provide audible CO monitors. If there is a significant risk of CO exposure on the job, employees should have an audible alarm in their workspace or on their person
What can you claim for compensation?
If you are the victim toxic carbon monoxide exposure due to your employer’s negligence, you may be eligible to compensation for your suffering and your medical care after the fact. On-the-job CO poisoning cases are handled as workers’ compensation claims, and employees can seek a variety of damages for their suffering, including:
- Medical and hospital expenses. If your employer is responsible for your carbon monoxide injuries, they should pay for any testing, therapy and hospitalization you undergo
- Pain and suffering. The court may award you damages for physical impairment as well as psychological distress from your injuries
- Past and future loss of earnings. The injuries caused by CO poisoning can affect your ability to work and make an income, and as a result, your employer is responsible for your well-being
Our Baltimore law firm is ready to take your CO poisoning case
If you or a loved one has been injured by carbon monoxide and you think your work may be the source, the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, will help you find the answers and help you secure compensation for your suffering. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve various counties throughout Maryland including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. Our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.