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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when a person is exposed to large amounts of burning carbon. Often referred to as CO, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning material containing carbon. It is extremely dangerous. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause brain damage and even death.


The leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States is carbon monoxide. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control attribute 500 deaths and 15,000 emergency hospitalizations to carbon monoxide poisoning each year.

Signs and Symptoms

Early symptoms are often mistaken for the flu because the deadly gas can go undetected in a home. Common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

Other, less common, symptoms include:

  • Visual changes
  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Seizure
  • Memory problems


If you have any of the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning you need to seek medical attention immediately. This is especially imperative if several people are infected, as well as pets. Doctors will have to administer a blood test to determine if carbon monoxide poisoning is the cause of your symptoms. Treatment involves high doses of oxygen using a face mask or oxygen reserve bag.

A Texas Explosion Lawyer Can Help

If you’ve suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your suffering. Contact the Texas explosion lawyers of Williams Hart at 966.950.9000 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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