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What are the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning?

Knowing the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning could mean the difference between life and death.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in America.  Because CO is a colorless and odorless gas, it can be difficult to identify its presence.  In homes, CO detectors play the most important role in protecting individuals from injury, but they are only reliable when installed and maintained correctly.  But what can people do to protect themselves and those around them if a CO detector is not functioning properly, or when one is not available such as on a boat or in a car?  The best thing one can do to identify a CO poisoning is to know the signs and symptoms and to get help immediately.

Is it the flu or CO poisoning?

The symptoms of CO poisoning often resemble those of the flu. Symptoms may include: headaches, dizziness, vomiting, confusion, weakness, blurred vision, and nausea. For this reason, long term poisoning of small concentrations of the gas are often mistaken for the flu, and disregarded.  This mistake can result in permanent damage and even death.  Therefore, it is extremely important to pay attention to other factors.  Heaters and other fuel-burning appliances in disrepair could be a red flag.  Feeling better when leaving the house but sick again when you return could be a sign of a leak in your home.  Multiple people in the same household or area complaining of the same symptoms can also be an indicator of a CO leak.

Extreme Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Extreme symptoms of CO poisoning include: severely impaired mental state, loss of coordination, loss of breath, increased heart rate, chest pain, and loss of consciousness. Symptoms such as these indicate large concentrations of the gas, amounts that could possibly be great enough to kill in minutes.  The most important thing to do in these situations is to get out of wherever you are.  Try to get to fresh air, and seek medical attention immediately.

CO poisoning is a serious matter, and compounding the danger is its elusive nature, which makes it hard to identify.  Knowing the signs and symptoms of a poisoning could mean the difference between life and death.

Do You Need A Virginia Carbon Monoxide Lawyer?

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC represent victims and their families that have suffered from the serious side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a negligent individual or entity. If you’ve been poisoned and you suspect that it was caused by a defective appliance,  faulty repairs, a negligent installation, or the carelessness of another– contact our attorneys today.

Our attorneys understand the urgent need to do an immediate investigation on your behalf to preserve crucial evident and have obtained outstanding results for our clients. We offer a no fee promise which means you pay no legal fees unless we win or settle your case.