Baltimore Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorneys Fight for Victims and Their Families
Understanding the nature of this subtle, deadly chemical
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas. In abundance, however, it can easily overwhelm you and shut down your bodily functions. Carbon monoxide poisoning, or CO poisoning, accounts for more than 4,000 hospitalizations and 400 deaths every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC understand the catastrophic impact that CO poisoning can have on your health, and will represent your interests in the case that you or a loved one is affected or injured.
How carbon monoxide poisoning works
Your red blood cells pick up oxygen from your lungs and deliver it to the rest of your body to help carry out its natural functions. However, if there is a high level of carbon monoxide in the air, your red blood cells will pick that up instead. When your cells pick up CO cannot get rid of it, which means they cannot pick up oxygen in the future.
The damage CO causes is twofold. First, your body begins to suffocate from lack of oxygen, despite your being able to breathe. Second, the carbon monoxide may also combine with proteins in your body, destroying the tissues that house those proteins, and causing further injury and possibly death.
Causes of acute and chronic carbon monoxide poisoning
When most people think of carbon monoxide poisoning, they think of acute cases. These are cases where CO builds up in enclosed spaces and you inhale large volumes of the gas at one time. Acute carbon monoxide poisoning is often lethal, or at least results in prolonged health issues, and is commonly caused by:
- Poor ventilation. Improperly vented heating equipment or machinery that uses organic fuels will cause carbon monoxide to build to lethal levels indoors.
- Using gas-powered equipment indoors. Commonly seen during power outages, people using heaters, grills and generators indoors can succumb to CO poisoning in a short time.
- Faulty equipment. A motor that isn’t working properly or a faulty exhaust system can create a high concentration of carbon monoxide with adverse effects.
Chronic carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by long-term inhalation of low levels of CO in the air. This can cause more subtle health issues, which may present as stomach problems, headaches or flu-like symptoms. But these cases, while also typically caused by faulty ventilation or defective products, are more difficult to detect and report.
Aggressive legal representation CO poisoning cases is imperative
Because carbon monoxide cannot been seen or smelled, it requires special testing in order to be detected, and its symptoms may be difficult to diagnose except in the most severe cases. As a result, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can bring in the appropriate specialists, determine the cause of your CO poisoning and build a case against whoever is responsible.
Talk to a Maryland carbon monoxide poisoning law firm today and explore your legal options
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC have experience in carbon monoxide poisoning cases. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. We work on a contingency basis, which means our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.