Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyers

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced whenever fossil fuel is burned, such as in furnaces, water heaters, generators, grills, camp stoves, and vehicles. Because it is undetectable, people do not know they have been exposed to it until they begin to experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness, chest pain, and confusion. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can cause permanent injuries and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 100,000 people seek emergency medical treatment and about 400 people die each year from accidental CO poisoning.

Recognizing these dangers, states have implemented laws and regulations to protect people from this silent killer. Michigan’s construction code requires carbon monoxide alarms in all new residential homes with fuel-fired appliances, and alarms must be added to existing homes any time a building permit is pulled. Carbon monoxide detectors must also be installed in hotels, motels, boarding houses, and other such buildings.

Who Could Face Liability

A landlord or hotel owner who fails to install carbon monoxide detectors may be liable to anyone injured by CO poisoning. However, Michigan law provides them with immunity if they properly install alarms. Other parties that may be responsible for CO poisoning include the manufacturer of an ineffective carbon monoxide detector or a defective generator or appliance, or a home builder, contractor, or maintenance company.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to carbon monoxide poisoning, contact the skilled attorneys at Gruel Mills today. We have experience pursuing claims against builders, landlords, and others who negligently allow carbon monoxide to build up in occupied dwellings, and we will guide you through the process and ensure that you get the best possible recovery.

To schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation of your carbon monoxide poisoning claim with one of our experienced attorneys, please contact us online or call us at 616-235-5500. We handle these cases on a contingency basis, which means you do not have to pay for our services unless we recover money for you.

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