Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
A colorless, odorless and dangerous gas, high levels of carbon monoxide can lead to severe health complications and even death. When exposure occurs at work as the result of employer negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. In these cases, our expert legal team at Goldberg & Rosen will work relentlessly on your behalf, strategically arguing your case and ensuring you receive the settlement you deserve.
How does carbon monoxide poisoning at work happen?
While you’re at work, it’s your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe. As such, they are responsible for ensuring that you are not exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) act, as an employee you are prohibited from being exposed to more than 50 parts of the gas per million parts of air averaged over an eight hour period of time. If you are exposed to higher levels while at work, and you endure pain, suffering and/or injuries because of this exposure, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
Health effects of carbon monoxide
When carbon monoxide enters the blood stream, it can cause a number of health problems that may become quite severe. Depending on the extent of the exposure, brain damage, heart damage and death can occur. In addition, workers who are pregnant may face an additional danger, with extreme poisoning resulting in stillbirths and birth defects in newborn children.
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What damages can you recover from a carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuit?
Depending on the extent of your injuries, and whether or not the carbon monoxide poisoning resulted in a death, you may be entitled to recover damages for the following:
- Medical expenses. This incudes all past, current and future medical expenses, including ER visits, hospital care, medical devices, doctor’s appointments and more.
- Lost wages. If you’re required to take a leave of absence from work to recover from your carbon monoxide poisoning, you may deserve to be compensated for wages you would have earned had you not been injured.
- Pain and suffering. This refers to the physical pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the accident, and will be determined by the nature and extent of your injuries.
- Mental anguish. Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning and their loved ones may also be entitled to compensation for any emotional suffering they’ve endured.
- Loss of consortium. In some cases, the spouse of the victim may be entitled to damages, including a loss of companionship and sexual relations.
During your initial case evaluation with among the best carbon-monoxide poisoning attorneys Miami has available, our expert legal team at Goldberg & Rosen will provide you with personalized guidance as to what damages you’re entitled to recover, as well as how we’ll ensure you receive the full and just compensation you deserve.
What you need to know about worker’s compensation
Worker’s compensation is insurance designed to provide funds to employees who are injured while on the job. It is also meant to prevent lawsuits, since employees who elect to take their worker’s compensation benefits are prohibited from suing their employers.
Before you agree to receive your worker’s compensation payments for carbon monoxide poisoning, we strongly encourage you to consult with a Goldberg & Rosen attorney who can make sure those payments are enough to cover your ensuing medical costs. If your poisoning was severe and due to noncompliance of one or more OSHA laws, it may be in your best interest to file a lawsuit to recover future lost wages, as well as additional medical bills.