Over the last few weeks with temperatures dropping, carbon monoxide, the silent and often odorless killer, has taken the lives of a number of Philadelphia residents as well as their animals. Many other victims were poisoned by carbon monoxide to the point of physical and mental debilitation, requiring hospitalization and hyperbaric oxygenation chamber inhabitation.
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and notably is the most common cause of accidental poisoning and related deaths. The intake of carbon monoxide fumes decreases the blood’s ability to carry oxygen and low levels of oxygen will frequently lead to cell death including brain and heart injury. Each year the Pennsylvania carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers of Reiff and Bily are called upon to represent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning and our investigations and experience reveal that most times carbon monoxide poisoning is related to an unvented supplemental heater, blocked flue, or improperly maintained heating system.
Our office was recently retained to represent individuals who resided in an older Philadelphia apartment building and fire investigators noted that the heating system had faulty ventilation and a blocked flue. Many victims suffered from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning and had to be transported by emergency crews to local hospitals.
Other causes of carbon monoxide poisoning are faulty gas and water heaters, clothes dryers, auto exhaust in a closed garage, kerosene and gasoline generators/space heaters, and tobacco smoke and fires. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include but are not limited to dizziness, headaches, weakness, nausea, vomiting, loss of cognitive function, shortness of breath, chest pains, blurred vision, seizures, cardiac arrest, and loss of consciousness. Many times the symptoms easily mimic the flu or food poisoning and require that you immediately seek medical attention which may include oxygen therapy. If you or a loved one has sustained carbon monoxide poisoning, contact us toll free at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com for a free, no obligation consultation.