Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is often produced by older motor vehicles, as well as by gas-powered tools such as cooking appliances and pool heaters. As an odorless, colorless, and tasteless substance, carbon monoxide is of particular danger to individuals in its proximity because there is virtually no way of identifying its deadly presence – it is even non-irritating during initial onset. However, the minimal means of detection for carbon monoxide do not reflect similar minimal reactions. In fact, just the opposite is true. When enough carbon monoxide is inhaled, its poisonous effects could result in symptoms both acute and severe in nature. In the most drastic cases, fatality could even result.
Instances of carbon monoxide poisoning are ones which need to be addressed by a medical physician immediately. Additionally, they are ones which deserve to be addressed by a legal professional. Restaurant patrons, retail shoppers, hotel guests, house guests and the like are meant to be protected in the environments they frequent. When an unreported gas leak spills out poisonous carbon monoxide into an environment filled with unsuspecting people, there is great cause for concern. The number of persons who stand to become ill or worse in these instances is vast, and the insult is great considering the fact that gas producing products are supposed to be strictly monitored in order to prevent precisely these types of accidents from occurring. Hence, the need for sound legal counsel such as that of a West Virginia accident lawyer who can take steps to actively prove that the incident is less of an accident and more of a detrimental oversight.
Victims of excessive amounts of carbon monoxide inhalation could suffer from headaches, confusion, vertigo, central nervous system damage, heart irregularities, and even death. The damages are far reaching and wide ranging, making these cases ones of high importance. There is sound argument for the fact that a carbon monoxide leak which led to severe injury, illness, or death was not one of complete accident. The companies connected to the leak are responsible for ensuring that this type of catastrophe never occurs, and when it does these same companies need to be held liable for their negligent actions.
Reckless and negligent behaviors are the causes of too many accidents. When they are the reason for an injury or death, the term accident falls to the wayside, as the likelihood that the incident could have been avoided is difficult to ignore. At Mani, Ellis & Layne PLLC we focus on exactly that. We firmly believe that individuals and their family members do not deserve to suffer after a serious injury or fatality has occurred at the hands of another. Cases of carbon monoxide are the perfect example. These are instances which could have been prevented – should have been prevented – and, as such, we are willing to do what it takes to ensure that they are soundly represented in court and compensation is obtained on behalf of the injured party or their family.
Learn more about how an associate from our firm can help in the aftermath of your wrongful injury, illness, or death. Contact a West Virginia carbon monoxide poisoning attorney from our firm today.