Carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers understand the severe threat this silent killer poses to families’ health and safety


Carbon monoxide poisoning is a severe threat to your family’s health and safety

Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous. According to the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control states that carbon monoxide kills upwards of 500 people per year and injures another 20,000 people nationwide per year.

A person cannot smell carbon monoxide. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can kill an adult or child in a matter of minutes.

Acute or chronic carbon monoxide exposure can cause severe, long-term brain damage, heart damage, early-onset dementia, Parkinson’s disease, memory impairment, amnesia, psychosis, and changes in personality and behavior.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, you may be facing a lifetime of heartache, loss, and financial burdens. The carbon monoxide attorneys at Riley | Ersoff LLP can help.

Contact us online or call (888) 495-9272 today for a free consultation.

How Does Someone Get Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide (also known as CO) is a gas produced when natural gas, gasoline, or other fuels burn. Dangerous levels of CO are generated when fuel-burning devices operate inefficiently and fail to burn off all available fuel completely.

Everyone is at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The risk is even greater in winter because people use their heaters more often – even in southern California.

Infants and older adults, those with pre-existing heart conditions, anemia or respiratory (breathing) problems are all highly susceptible to CO poisoning.
ways someone can get carbon monoxide poisoning

What Happens if I am Exposed or Someone I Love is Exposed to Carbon Monoxide?

Your red blood cells carry oxygen to your brain, heart, and the rest of your body. Your brain and other organs need oxygen to live. Red blood cells take in and carry CO faster than oxygen.

When adults and children are exposed to high levels of CO, oxygen is “crowded out” of the body starving the brain and heart of oxygen.

No level of carbon monoxide is safe. Low-level CO poisoning can cause headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath. Moderate levels of CO can cause chest pain, dizziness, weakness, fainting, loss of muscle coordination, confusion, severe headaches, upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting.
High levels of CO can cause death, permanent brain damage, permanent heart damage, and personality changes.

Is My Landlord Responsible for Protecting Me and My Children from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Yes! There is a California carbon monoxide detector law, stating that every apartment and rental home must have one or more CO detectors.

They must be operable when you enter into your lease. Make sure the batteries in your CO detector are changed every year.

Every good landlord should check your CO (and smoke) detectors at least yearly. If your landlord wants to check your CO (and smoke) detectors, please cooperate and let them enter your rental home.

Can I Sue My Landlord if Carbon Monoxide Poisoning harms me or Someone I Love?

Like every personal injury case, carbon monoxide poisoning cases are all about the facts. The carbon monoxide lawyers at Riley | Ersoff LLP can investigate, drill down, and analyze the facts of your case.

Did your landlord install CO detectors? Did your landlord maintain and repair your CO detector on a yearly basis? Was your CO detector working when you or a loved one suffered CO poisoning? Was your heater malfunctioning and in need of repair? What was your CO level, and how were you harmed?

These are all important questions that our carbon monoxide lawyers can analyze and answer on your behalf. If you do have a viable carbon monoxide poisoning case, we can help.

Contact a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorney

Carbon monoxide poisoning cases are worth millions and you must have a competent and aggressive firm helping you from start to finish. Riley | Ersoff LLP is that firm.

Call us at (888) 495-9272 or send us an online message for a free consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is My Landlord Responsible for My Carbon Monoxide Detector?

Many states require landlords by law to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors. If landlords violate these laws and you suffer injuries due to carbon monoxide, you may be able to sue them.

What Appliances Can Cause Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Some common appliances that cause carbon monoxide are: fireplaces, gas clothes dryers, gas or oil furnaces, gas ranges, gas refrigerators, gas water heaters or space heaters, charcoal grills, and wood burning stoves

How Can a Carbon Monoxide Lawyer Help Me?

Our attorneys can help identify the party at fault for your injuries. If the liable party is not willing to reach a settlement agreement, our attorneys are not afraid to go to trial and fight for you. We want to help you get the money you deserve.

Can I File an Insurance Claim for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Filing an insurance claim for carbon monoxide poisoning involves several steps. First, seek immediate medical attention for affected individuals and document their treatment. Review your insurance policy to understand coverage, then promptly notify your insurance company about the incident, providing all necessary details. Keep thorough records of medical treatment, property damage, and expenses. Cooperate with the claims adjuster, submit a “proof of loss” form, and obtain estimates for repairs. Review settlement offers carefully and consider legal assistance if needed to ensure you receive fair compensation.

To maximize recovery, document losses meticulously, including medical bills and property damage estimates. Take time to understand the extent of your losses before settling. Maintain honesty and persistence throughout the process. If facing challenges, consult experts or attorneys specializing in insurance claims to navigate complexities effectively.

Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death claims in carbon monoxide poisoning cases involve seeking compensation for the death of an individual due to another party’s negligence or wrongful actions. Eligible claimants typically include immediate family members of the deceased, such as spouses, children, or parents. Damages that can be recovered may encompass medical and funeral expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and emotional distress. To succeed in a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff must establish the defendant’s negligence, a causal link between the negligence and the death, and the impact of the death on the surviving family members. Consulting with an experienced attorney is crucial to navigate the legal complexities of such claims and pursue appropriate compensation.


If you believe you have been poisoned by carbon monoxide in your rental home or apartment, contact Riley | Ersoff LLP today to schedule a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys have a history of successfully litigating carbon monoxide poisoning cases. Call or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.