Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is a Severe Threat to Your Families 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 life time of heartache, loss, and financial burdens. The carbon monoxide attorneys at Riley Ersoff can help.

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 is generators when fuel burning devices operate inefficiently and fail to completely burn off all available fuel.

Everyone is at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. In winter, the risk is even greater 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.

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 paint, 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! In California, every apartment and rental home must have one or more CO detectors. They must be operable at the time you enter into your lease. Make sure the batteries in your CO detector are changed on a yearly basis. Every good landlord should be checking your CO (and smoke) detectors on no less than a yearly basis. 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 I or Someone I Love is Harmed by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Like every personal injury case, it’s all about the facts. The carbon monoxide poisoning attorneys at Riley Ersoff have the ability to dig in, drill down and analyze the facts of your carbon monoxide poisoning 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 at the time 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 – questions that we can analyze and answer on your behalf. If you do have a viable case for carbon monoxide poisoning, we can help. CO poisoning cases are worth millions and it’s critical that you have a competent and aggressive firm helping you from start to finish. Riley Ersoff is that firm.

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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.


If you believe you have been poisoned by carbon monoxide in your rental home or apartment, contact Riley Ersoff 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.