Compensation for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Victims
Depending on the specifics of the poisoning, accident victims may be entitled to one or more of the following types of damages:
Medical costs. Victims may seek compensation for medical bills, as well as any future medical expenses associated with the injury.
Lost wages. If you’re hospitalized after your accident, there’s a good chance you’ll miss work while you recuperate. This may be recouped in your settlement.
Pain and suffering. Long after the physical wounds heal, the emotional pain of an accident can linger. This pain and suffering may be included in your settlement.
Wrongful death. If your loved one was killed, you’re probably grief-stricken and wondering how you’ll shoulder medical bills, funeral costs – not to mention the loss of future income for your family. The emotional loss cannot be understated, either. The loss of companionship and affection is irreplaceable. The Virginia wrongful death act allows certain family members to bring a claim for the losses they have suffered from the death of a loved one.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is often due to:
- Faulty equipment/appliances
- Improper use or handling of equipment/appliances
- Lack of or improper venting
- Failure to comply with carbon monoxide detector regulations
Statute of Limitations (Deadlines) For Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims
It is essential to file a lawsuit within strict deadlines imposed by law. In many states, a two-year deadline also known as a Statute of Limitations is in place. We can work with you to determine the specific statute of limitations for your state and your case. Special circumstances apply depending on the situation. Once you have missed this deadline, you may no longer be able to file a claim.
Follow these 4 tips to stay safe while there’s a chill in the air:
1. Install a carbon monoxide detector.
Smoke detectors are in every home, so why risk living without a carbon monoxide detector? They monitor the levels of carbon monoxide in the air and sounds the alarm if the gas is detected. You’ll need a carbon monoxide detector in every living area in your home, just to be safe. Already have carbon monoxide detectors installed? Be sure you maintain them regularly by changing out the batteries.
2. Start warming up your car outside of the garage.
Proper ventilation is key when avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning, so never run an engine in an enclosed area. When warming up your car in the garage before work, make sure you’ve opened the garage door to let fresh air from the outside in. Similarly, avoid running stoves, grills, or generators in basements or garages. Even appliances made for indoor use can sometimes emit carbon monoxide if they are broken or malfunctioning.
3. Clean your vents and fireplaces.
After a storm or particularly heavy snowfall, you’ll need to head outside and make sure your vents aren’t being blocked by leaves or snow. And before you have your first fire of the season, thoroughly clean out your fireplace and flue. Even if you’ve recently had your vents and fireplace serviced, faulty repairs or negligent cleaning can go unnoticed – until it is too late.
4. Watch out for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Even low concentrations of carbon monoxide in the air can have an effect on your health. Look out for signs of fatigue, headache, nausea, chest pain and confusion – they can be a warning of worse symptoms to come. If you think you or a loved one might be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, open windows and let fresh air in immediately. Seek medical attention if you suspect someone has carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you and your family have experienced the silent killer that is carbon monoxide poisoning, contact a Virginia carbon monoxide lawyer as soon as possible. Immediate investigation can make a real difference in the success or failure of your case.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawsuits
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause serious injuries, and has the potential to cause permanent damage or death. If you or someone you care about has suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning due to the negligence, do not hesitate to contact us to receive the dedicated assistance of our team that you deserve.
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