Of all the poisoning deaths in the world, carbon monoxide poisoning deaths are the most common. Sadly, many of these cases can be avoided, and many of these deaths are considered wrongful deaths in the eyes of the law. This means that, if your loved one died due to carbon monoxide poisoning, you and your family may be entitled to certain compensation under the law.
How Does Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Happen?
You can’t smell, taste, or see carbon monoxide, which makes it one of the most silent and deadly killers. Also, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as headaches, dizziness, chest pain, nausea, and confusion, mimic less serious conditions like the flu, so many people fall into the trap of believing they should just wait it out. Unfortunately, lengthening exposure to carbon monoxide can worsen the poisoning.
It doesn’t always take much time for carbon monoxide to lead to death. If the levels are high enough, 1,600 parts per million (ppm), death can occur fairly quickly.
When carbon monoxide enters the blood it combines with hemoglobin, creating the chemical carboxyhemoglobin. This chemical prevents the blood from carrying oxygen, meaning your organs and tissues stop receiving oxygen. Then, it’s only a matter of time before death becomes eminent.
When is It a Wrongful Death?
Most cars, systems, and equipment nowadays are built so that dependence on coal is mitigated, meaning you and your loved ones are at less of a risk. However, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems and badly designed appliances can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning. If the poisoning occurs because of neglect, defective design, lack of maintenance, or some other similar cause, the blood relatives of the deceased may be entitled to a wrongful death award.
Do You Have a Case?
The only way to know for sure if you have a valid wrongful death case is to consult with a wrongful death lawyer. Utah, like most states, has its own set of statutes surrounding wrongful deaths, and an attorney can help you through the process, ease the stress of going to court, and get you the funds you’re entitled to under the law.