Carbon monoxide is often called the silent killer because it’s an invisible and odorless gas. Its symptoms, which resemble those of the flu without a temperature, aren’t distinctive enough for many people to understand what’s happening to them. Other symptoms such as balance, memory, and vision problems, as well as confusion, occur later when victims are less able to help themselves.
Carbon monoxide (CO) occurs as a product of combustion. Some types of fuels produce little while others such as charcoal produce dangerous levels of CO. Poorly adjusted fuel burning heaters, stoves, and furnaces will also put out significant CO.
The hemoglobin in human blood normally carries oxygen to the body’s cells. However, hemoglobin has a far greater preference to carry carbon monoxide. This means the blood becomes saturated with CO instead of oxygen, which starves the body of oxygen.
Common Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Situations That May Constitute Wrongful Death by CO Poisoning
- Defective products.
- Poor maintenance and inadequate safety measures by a landlord or other property owner.
- Poor installation or maintenance checkup of a stove, furnace, water heater, or chimney by a service professional or contractor.
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