Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer in Madison, Wisconsin

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Madison, Wisconsin Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorney

carbon_monoxide_poisoningCarbon Monoxide is a deadly gas often referred to as the Silent Killer. It seems as though every week there is a news reports of victims being poisoned as a result of Carbon Monoxide exposure. Many times Carbon Monoxide exposures go unreported or undiagnosed because the symptoms are so common with other types of illnesses. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is the most common cause of poisoning worldwide, resulting in over 40,000 people seeking medical treatment annually for Carbon Monoxide exposure, just in the U.S.

Carbon Monoxide is the gas released after combustion, whether it be the result of burning gas, oil, wood or other fuel types. Carbon Monoxide is typically released when there is incomplete combustion. Carbon Monoxide is so dangerous and deadly because it cannot be detected by the human senses, it is tasteless, odorless and invisible to the human eye.

Unfortunately, most people do not realize they have been exposed to Carbon Monoxide until they begin experiencing the symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure, which can include the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like Symptoms
  • Confusion
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Headache
  • Blurred Vision
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of Consciousness

If you have been exposed to Carbon Monoxide, download the Carbon Monoxide Symptoms Checklist to complete and bring to your healthcare professional.

Due to the nature of the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, individuals that are intoxicated or sleeping are especially susceptible to the dangers from Carbon Monoxide exposure. Depending on the length of exposure and the amount of Carbon Monoxide in the air, poisoning can result in death.

If an individual is fortunate enough to survive the Carbon Monoxide poisoning, there can be terrible immediate and long-term consequences from the Carbon Monoxide exposure. Essentially, the Carbon Monoxide can cause tissue damage throughout the body. Carbon Monoxide exposure can result in brain damage, causing memory deficits, cognitive deficits, behavioral changes, personality changes, sleep disorders, learning difficulties and movement disorders. Carbon Monoxide exposure can also result in heart and cardiovascular damage. Carbon Monoxide exposure has also been linked to digestive disorders, such as fecal incontinence or urinary incontinence.

Wisconsin law requires the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in houses and duplexes follows:

Wis. Stats. Sec. 101.647 (3) Requirements.
(a) The owner of a dwelling shall install a functional carbon monoxide detector in the basement of the dwelling and on each floor level except the attic, garage, or storage area of each dwelling unit.
Wisconsin law also requires the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in “residential buildings” as follows:
Wis. Stats. Sec.101.149 (2) Installation requirements.
(a) Except as provided in par. (b), the owner of a residential building shall install a carbon monoxide detector in all of the following places not later than the date specified under par. (c):
1. In the basement of the building if the basement has a fuel-burning appliance.
2. Within 15 feet of each sleeping area of a unit that has a fuel-burning appliance.
3. Within 15 feet of each sleeping area of a unit that is immediately adjacent to a unit that has a fuel-burning appliance.
4. In each room that has a fuel-burning appliance and that is not used as a sleeping area. A carbon monoxide detector shall be installed under this subdivision not more than 75 feet from the fuel-burning appliance.
5. In each hallway leading from a unit that has a fuel-burning appliance, in a location that is within 75 feet from the unit, except that, if there is no electrical outlet within this distance, the owner shall place the carbon monoxide detector at the closest available electrical outlet in the hallway.
While the statute uses the phrase “carbon monoxide detector,” from a technical standpoint, the statute really means a “carbon monoxide alarm.” Carbon monoxide alarms are designed to go off when the presence of CO reaches a significant enough level, usually 70 parts per million. Carbon monoxide alarms are considered life saving devices. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide alarms are not designed to alert consumers when there are lower levels of CO, which can be dangerous as well.

Attorney Randy Rozek has experience representing victims of Carbon Monoxide exposure. If you or a loved one has been exposed to dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide contact a Carbon Monoxide lawyer at  Rozek Law Offices to schedule a free consultation.