New Jersey Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer

Hundreds of Americans senselessly die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year, and it sends thousands more to the hospital. This is a preventable ailment, yet it can result in lost wages, medical bills, physical impairment, and loss of life.

Have you suffered carbon monoxide poisoning? If so, you may experience severe long-term effects. The Law Offices of Sadaka Associates in New York and New Jersey handle lawsuits on behalf of clients who suffer injuries as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Our carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers will ensure that outside parties, such as landlords, product manufacturers, or employers, bear responsibility for the actions that have caused you suffering and inconvenience.

What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

What-Is-Carbon-Monoxide-PoisoningCarbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and flavorless gas that has the potential to kill humans in a matter of minutes. It occurs when people breathe in or come in contact with the fumes, especially in an enclosed space. Carbon monoxide poisoning is most common in homes and workplaces.

It is produced via combustion and emitted from engines or fuel systems that burn fossil fuels. When there is not enough oxygen in the chamber for fossil fuels to combust, the reaction produces carbon monoxide.

The amount of carbon monoxide produced from these reactions is relatively small. A properly working chamber can filter and dispose of the deadly gas without risking harm to any individuals nearby. The problem occurs when these systems fail to get rid of the carbon monoxide, and it accumulates.

Carbon monoxide will then leak into the rest of the structure. If enough carbon monoxide accumulates for an extended time, those present experience adverse effects and, in severe cases, may not survive. Typical symptoms most closely resemble the flu with frequent complaints of headaches, for example.

Who Is at Risk for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Who Is at Risk for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?Anyone can be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning under the right circumstances—the substance doesn’t discriminate on age or other factors. Any home or place of business that burns fuel is at risk of producing harmful amounts of carbon monoxide. Furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters, wood stoves, or vehicles, among others, can all emit this gas.

Most buildings do an adequate job of ridding the atmosphere of excess carbon monoxide. Facilities with poor circulation or ventilation are at a higher risk, however. These buildings can’t push the carbon monoxide outside, which forces it to accumulate indoors until it finds a release point.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is similar to the flu, but, in most cases, the flu isn’t as severe as carbon monoxide. Many symptoms are more a result of a lack of oxygen than of the carbon monoxide inhalation, resulting in disorientation and weakness.

  • Blurred vision

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Minor headaches

  • Nausea

  • Shortness of breath

  • Vomiting

Misinterpretation of these symptoms is an issue. In many cases, those affected think they are simply not feeling well—if they notice at all. Instances of carbon monoxide poising at night are the most likely to result in fatalities, as the victims simply don’t wake up. 

What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and flavorless gas that has the potential to kill humans in a matter of minutes. It occurs when people breathe in or come in contact with the fumes, especially in an enclosed space. Carbon monoxide poisoning is most common in homes and workplaces.

It is produced via combustion and emitted from engines or fuel systems that burn fossil fuels. When there is not enough oxygen in the chamber for fossil fuels to combust, the reaction produces carbon monoxide.

The amount of carbon monoxide produced from these reactions is relatively small. A properly working chamber can filter and dispose of the deadly gas without risking harm to any individuals nearby. The problem occurs when these systems fail to get rid of the carbon monoxide, and it accumulates. 

Carbon monoxide will then leak into the rest of the structure. If enough carbon monoxide accumulates for an extended time, those present experience adverse effects and, in severe cases, may not survive. Typical symptoms most closely resemble the flu with frequent complaints of headaches, for example. 


Who Is at Risk for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Anyone can be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning under the right circumstances—the substance doesn’t discriminate on age or other factors. Any home or place of business that burns fuel is at risk of producing harmful amounts of carbon monoxide. Furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters, wood stoves, or vehicles, among others, can all emit this gas.

Most buildings do an adequate job of ridding the atmosphere of excess carbon monoxide. Facilities with poor circulation or ventilation are at a higher risk, however. These buildings can’t push the carbon monoxide outside, which forces it to accumulate indoors until it finds a release point.

Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

While carbon monoxide comes from a single reaction, it has several sources. Any mechanism that burns fuel is a potential source of emissions in a home or workplace, including, but not limited to:

  • Cars, motorcyles, and other vehicles

  • Chimneys

  • Dryers

  • Furnaces

  • Gas ovens

  • Generators

  • Grills

  • Kerosene or gas space heaters

  • Power tools

  • Tobacco smoke

  • Water heaters

  • Wood stoves

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, your first action should be to move yourself and your loved ones to fresh air immediately.

Treatment for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The first step to treating carbon monoxide poisoning is moving into uncontaminated air, preferably outside. This lessens the effect of the exposure immediately. It can also provide the chance to assess whether to seek medical attention. 

If you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, you should call 911 or visit a hospital. The hospital will also ask if there are signs of impairment, such as loss of consciousness, wooziness, or mental difficulties. 

When carbon monoxide enters the body, its half-life is three to four hours. This means the original potency of the carbon monoxide will be half of its original form in that time. One way to lessen the half-life of carbon monoxide is with pure oxygen. 

When carbon monoxide comes in contact with 100 percent oxygen, its half-life drops to 30 to 90 minutes. That’s why one of the first treatments at a hospital is to provide an oxygen tank.  This treatment revitalizes the organs and tissues previously cut off from oxygenation. If the symptoms are more severe, nurses may have a machine or ventilator do the breathing for you. 

The other solution is a pressurized oxygen chamber, providing pure oxygen in an artificially enclosed space where the air pressure is higher than usual. The increased pressure forces the body to replenish its oxygen reserves quickly, which eliminates the carbon monoxide.

Treatment for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The first step to treating carbon monoxide poisoning is moving into uncontaminated air, preferably outside. This lessens the effect of the exposure immediately. It can also provide the chance to assess whether to seek medical attention.
If you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, you should call 911 or visit a hospital. The hospital will also ask if there are signs of impairment, such as loss of consciousness, wooziness, or mental difficulties.
When carbon monoxide enters the body, its half-life is three to four hours. This means the original potency of the carbon monoxide will be half of its original form in that time. One way to lessen the half-life of carbon monoxide is with pure oxygen.
When carbon monoxide comes in contact with 100 percent oxygen, its half-life drops to 30 to 90 minutes. That’s why one of the first treatments at a hospital is to provide an oxygen tank. This treatment revitalizes the organs and tissues previously cut off from oxygenation. If the symptoms are more severe, nurses may have a machine or ventilator do the breathing for you.
The other solution is a pressurized oxygen chamber, providing pure oxygen in an artificially enclosed space where the air pressure is higher than usual. The increased pressure forces the body to replenish its oxygen reserves quickly, which eliminates the carbon monoxide.

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Preventing Carbon Monoxide Build-Up in Homes and Apartments

Remember, carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable. Take the time to invest in equipment and protocols to prevent it—these simple steps can make a world of difference to your family’s safety and well -being. 

The first step is to purchase a carbon monoxide detector

These detectors can utilize a wall outlet or battery power. By choosing an option with an uninterrupted source of energy, you can rest assured your home is safe. These devices also tell you when there is a harmful level of carbon monoxide in the house.  They should be replaced every five years.

A second measure is to have regular service checks for appliances

These checks include any units that utilize gas, oil, or coal for power, as well as air and water heating systems.

Other prevention tips include:

  • Checking the emissions from your car to avoid exhaust leaks

  • Checking the ventilation in your home and for gas appliances

  • Securing pipes that need to go outwards to prevent carbon monoxide inside the home

  • Cleaning your chimney once per year, including removing blockage or debris

  • Avoiding burning charcoal indoors

  • Avoiding vehicles running in the garage for an extended time

  • Avoiding using a generator indoors, unless it is within twenty feet of a window or vent

  • Avoiding portable gas camp stove indoors

  • Avoiding portable heaters indoors

  • Professionally checking appliances if you smell a gaseous odor

  • Making sure gas equipment has certification from a national testing agency before purchase

  • Never patching up a vent pipe with temporary material, such as tape or adhesive

  • Opening the windows or vents to ensure proper air circulation

Carbon monoxide is undetectable by human senses. Unless you have a detector in your home, there is no way to know if it is present or not. The actions above can significantly reduce the chances of an incident.  

What Can I Recover in a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawsuit?

There is no shortage of monetary damage when it comes to carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuits. 

Recently, a North Carolina hotel had to pay $12 million after a boy died of carbon monoxide in one of its rooms. These cases are not simple, nor is determining the amount someone can recover. 

Carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuits fall under the premise of liability. Whether individuals are landlords or employers, they have to assume responsibility for their actions or lack thereof. If someone is harmed because of negligence, the responsible party may have to provide compensation. 

The secret to winning the lawsuit, like any court case, is evidence. 

You can bolster the odds of winning by showing there was negligence, emphasizing that the defendant did not take steps to rectify the situation. It may mean finding a leaky pipe, a malfunctioning detector, or a lack of sensors on-site.

For instance, in the case of carbon monoxide poisoning at a motel, the attorney for the plaintiff found evidence that motel maintenance workers did not conduct furnace inspections. The neglect resulted in a fatal leak. Two children died, and the motel and workers were taken to court. 

You can also seek damages in many forms. That may include compensation to cover expenses associated with medical bills and ambulance transportation. You may also ask for compensation for funeral expenses, pain, and suffering. 

Carbon monoxide FAQ's

Flu Vaccine Side Effects

Flu vaccinations can cause a variety of different injuries, some of which are more significant than others. Nonetheless, if there has been an injury, you may be able to receive compensation for it. The injuries can result from either the way that the vaccination was administered or the patient’s reaction to the components of the vaccine. Here are some the injuries that are caused by the flu vaccine:

SIRVA – When the flu vaccine is administered incorrectly to the wrong part of the shoulder, there is a reaction that can result in a permanent loss of motion in the shoulder.

Nerve Damage – When the injection is given incorrectly and in the wrong place, there can be a similar feeling to a knot in the shoulder which is actually damage to the nerves. 

Guillan Barre Syndrome – This is an injury that someone will get after they have had an infection and it results in the body’s immune system attacking the central nervous system.

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy – This is another injury where the body attacks its own nervous system, this time by stripping away the nerve covering.

Severe Allergic Reactions – Some of the vaccine components may cause a severe allergic reaction that can even cause death if it is not treated in time.

PTS - Parsonage-Turner Syndrome is when a certain set of nerves becomes inflamed, resulting in a loss of motion in the shoulders and arms. 

Other Injuries – Patients can also suffer from other complications of flu vaccines such as seizures, Transverse myelitis, Neuromyelitis optica and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis

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Vaccine Injury Lawyer

Most people who files petitions with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program do so with the assistance of the attorney. While the forum does provide you with streamlined procedures for your claim, there are still specialized procedures that not every claimant would know. The VICP rules provide that a settlement or other compensation can include reasonable attorney’s fees. Thus, it is helpful to have an expert in vaccine injury claims when filing a petition for compensation.

The Law Offices of Sadaka Associates are recognized experts in the field of vaccine injury compensation. Established in 2008, we have handled claims for many different vaccine related injuries. Our founding partner, Mark Sadaka has represented over 180 people who have suffered vaccine related injuries. We know the vaccine court system and its specialized rules quite well and we represent clients across the country. Our vaccine injury practice is nationwide so we can represent you no matter where you are. We know the procedures of the vaccine courts well and we have a deep understanding of the science behind the vaccine injuries due to our expertise in the area. 

The Law Offices of Sadaka Associates are a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ law firm who have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in defective products cases. We fight for our clients’ legal rights when they have suffered an injury from a medical device or pharmaceutical. We are known as a dedicated and persistent legal advocate.

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Reporting a Flu Shot Injury

A flu shot injury should be reported so that the regulators have the most recent information about the injuries that result from a vaccine. The FDA maintains a database that collects information about vaccine complications. This database is called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. It was established to detect possible safety problems from vaccines. If you have experienced any side effect after receiving a vaccination, this should be reported to VAERS, even if you have not pinpointed the vaccine as the cause of the complication. Parents, patients and healthcare providers are allowed to report vaccine injuries to VAERS.

Reporting a vaccine injury does not automatically act as proof of the injury or as evidence that the vaccine caused the injury. However, reporting the injury does give the FDA information that it needs to track injuries that result from a particular vaccine. If there is a common safety concern that is becoming apparent through numerous injury reports, the CDC and FDA could take action. 

There are several different ways to report injuries to the VAERS. The first, and easiest way, is to report the injury on their online reporting system. Or, you can fill out in your information on a writeable PDF form and submit it to VAERS.

Note that when you report a vaccine injury to VAERS, you are making a statement to the federal government, and there are legal ramifications to this. You must make sure that your report is accurate because you can face legal consequences if it is not. Note that your VAERS report cannot be used to deny you compensation from the VICP. The federal government uses VAERS to encourage people to easily file information about vaccine injuries.

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Compensation for Flu Vaccine Injury

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was legislated by Congress in order to streamline the compensation process for these complications. The intention was both to protect manufacturers from crushing legal liability as well as to make it easier for people to receive compensation for their injuries in order to not dissuade them from receiving vaccines. 

Claims are filed directly with the fund as opposed to going through the general court system. There is a special vaccine injury court that is associated with the United States Court of Federal Claims. In order to begin the compensation process, you must file a petition with Court of Federal Claims. The petition sets forth the facts related to your injury and can also include your medical records. 

In many instances, the Department of Health and Human Services will review your filing and decide to try to settle the case. Most cases in front of the VICP result in some form of a settlement. Of course, you would have to agree to the terms of the settlement and you may not feel that the compensation offer is fair. If there is no settlement and your petition is not dismissed, there will be a hearing in front of a special master who primarily hears vaccine cases. The special master will then issue a decision about whether you are entitled to compensation and how much you should receive. Over a 12 year period, roughly 70 percent of the petitions filed with the VICP have resulted in some sort of compensation for the petitioner.

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Contact a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer

The Law Office of Sadaka Associates is here to represent you when it comes to carbon monoxide poisoning cases.

For more than a decade, we have represented and helped people win cases for personal injury, pollution, toxic exposure, and more. Our team of attorneys will make sure the legal system hears your voice and holds those responsible accountable for their actions.

Discover the difference a carbon monoxide poisoning attorney can make for you. Schedule a consultation with one of our representatives to go over your case. Give us a call at (800) 810-3457 or email us at info@sadakafirm.com today.

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