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A Northern Virginia family is recuperating following a scary brush with carbon monoxide. The Ashburn family called paramedics after a fall. By the time EMS had arrived, two adults were unconscious. NBC Washington reports that carbon monoxide detectors carried by paramedics immediately sounded upon entering the home. All three family members were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a major risk this time of year, as symptoms are often mistaken for the flu. When people become dizzy, light-headed, nauseous, or have a headache, they rarely associate their illness with the effects of carbon monoxide. That’s why it is so important to make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your house and that they have fresh batteries each season. Winter is an especially common time for carbon monoxide poisoning, as furnaces, space heaters and wood stoves are used more frequently. These appliances can all potentially give off carbon monoxide if not working properly. People also frequently use their garages to warm up their vehicles on cold mornings, which can quickly trap the poisonous gas in the enclosed space.

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Helping Victims Harmed by CO Poisoning Due to Someone Else’s Negligence

Our firm has experience handling carbon monoxide poisoning cases. Recently, we sought justice for a couple who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their rental apartment. After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that faulty repairs made to the roof were the cause of the leak. Negligent contractors and landlords need to be held responsible for their actions, especially when they result in serious illness or death of their residents. If you or a loved one have been harmed, contact us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.

Flu season is always worrisome. The illness, often contracted by children and the elderly, can cause headaches, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain and nausea. Unfortunately, experts say these symptoms are not always as straight-forward as they might seem. Indeed, all of these symptoms are also indicators of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because you cannot see or smell carbon monoxide as it infiltrates your space, it’s easy to mistake the carbon monoxide symptoms for the flu. It’s critical to understand the differences and similarities of the two.

For starters, the flu is often accompanied by a fever, while carbon monoxide poisoning can cause fainting, increased heart rate, difficulty thinking clearly and convulsions. If you’re not sure if your symptoms are caused by illness or poisoning, grab a thermometer. If your temperature is over 100 degrees, it is likely the flu. If there are any doubts about the presence of carbon monoxide, getting fresh air is key. Open windows or go outside to see if symptoms get better.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports than more than 400 people each year die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Only about half of the homes in the United States currently have carbon monoxide detectors installed. To protect your family, make sure you have one installed in every level of your home and that the batteries are changed regularly. Never use outdoor appliances like generators, grills or barbecues indoors, as they often give off carbon monoxide and need fresh air for ventilation. And though on cold mornings it’s tempting to heat up your car in your garage, carbon monoxide can seep in under doors and windows, so it’s best not to leave an engine running inside.

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The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC have helped victims who have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity.  If you have been poisoned and would like to speak with our of our experienced attorneys, contact us to setup a free case evaluation.

A North Carolina couple has died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Police conducted a health and welfare check in their Flat Rock, NC home and found the couple. reports that the source of carbon monoxide might have been the couple’s older model car parked in their garage.

Carbon monoxide is not something we often think about. Why would we? It is odorless, colorless and invisible to the naked eye. Unfortunately, it is also quite deadly. Too often, by the time we consider carbon monoxide as a health threat, it is because we’re being affected by the poisonous gas. For people unfamiliar with the gas, they may even dismiss their symptoms as part of the common cold. Dizziness, nausea, headache and chest pain are all common signs that you’ve been exposed to the gas.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is far more common in the winter, when fresh air is locked out and space heaters, fireplaces and furnaces get turned on more frequently. In this situation, it is likely that the couple had no idea their car was leaking carbon monoxide. A carbon monoxide monitor may have helped to prevent this tragic accident.

These detectors are becoming more and more common, but are still not as ubiquitous as smoke detectors. If you are a home owner, make sure your home is equipped with a carbon monoxide detector and fresh batteries. If you are renting, ask your landlord about carbon monoxide monitors and their maintenance. It could save you and your family’s lives.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawsuits

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating potential lawsuits for people that have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity. Negligent parties most often include: building owners, employers, and product manufacturers. Contact us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.

A family is mourning the loss of their teenaged son this holiday season after he suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. Tragically, the accident occurred at the boy’s home, which had been heated using a device not intended for indoor use. The device gave off high amounts of carbon monoxide, ultimately leading to the boy being poisoned. The teen’s father was also rushed to the hospital to treat the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Charlotte TWC News reports that the medical examiner is awaiting tests to confirm the cause of death was indeed carbon monoxide poisoning, but all signs point to the heating device as the issue. Many people don’t realize that heaters can often give off this invisible, odorless gas. In an enclosed space without any fresh air to dilute the gas, people can easily become sickened by the carbon monoxide without ever realizing its presence. Winter is one of the most common times of year for carbon monoxide poisonings, with many people using dangerous heaters inside without proper ventilation. Furnaces, fireplaces, portable generators, wood-burning stoves and fuel-burning space heaters are all common carbon monoxide poisoning culprits.

It’s important that all homes be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, just as you would expect it would be equipped a smoke detector. If the detector goes off, exit your home immediately. Fresh air is key in the prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning, so open your windows around your house as you evacuate. If you’re feeling weak, dizzy or nauseous, you might be suffering the effects of carbon monoxide. Other symptoms include headache, vomiting, blurred vision and loss of consciousness.

Do You Need A Carbon Monoxide Lawyer? – Contact Us

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC have helped victims who have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity.  If you have been poisoned and would like to speak with our of our experienced attorneys, contact us to setup a free case evaluation.

With winter officially arriving this week, many of us are cranking up our furnaces and blasting space heaters without thinking much about it. Sadly, carbon monoxide poisoning is frequently known as a silent but deadly killer. It is most dangerous at this time of year, with heaters cranked and symptoms can be dismissed as side effects of the flu.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless gas you can neither see, taste nor smell when breathing it in. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a risk for everyone, but especially small children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems. The symptoms can be deadly. If you are feeling dizzy, confused, drowsy or have a headache, consider whether carbon monoxide is a possibility. If so, seek medical attention immediately. Breathing in high levels of carbon monoxide can cause loss of consciousness, brain impairments, reduced vision function and loss of consciousness. Exposed to enough of the gas and things turn deadly.

Don’t take any chances with your home this winter. Have a technician come out to clean and inspect all combustion equipment each year. This includes gas water heaters, gas fireplaces, gas furnaces, and gas or kerosene space heaters. Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is properly installed with fresh batteries. Open flues when using your fireplace and never warm up your car inside your garage. Even if you have the garage door open for fresh air, carbon monoxide can quickly build up and cause poisoning. If your carbon monoxide detector rings, exit your home immediately and call 911.