Although many appliances are slowly shifting from gas to electric, there are many household staples that still rely on gas, such as water heaters, furnaces, stoves, and gas heaters, especially in the older homes and apartments of Philadelphia. If not properly installed, these appliances can leak carbon monoxide (or CO) into your home, poisoning you and your loved ones. Carbon monoxide is called the silent or invisible killer for a reason. It is all but impossible to know whether carbon monoxide is leaking into your home without a carbon monoxide detector.

Contact a Philadelphia carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer if you suspect you have suffered an illness due to someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys can listen to your questions and help you build a case.

Landlords Are Responsible for Safe Appliances

If you are a renter, it is your landlord’s responsibility to make sure that these appliances are able to function properly. Annual safety checks must be carried out to verify that piping, valves, appliances, and flues are safe and up-to-date. For your own safety, ask your landlord or purchase your own carbon monoxide detector if you have any gas appliances in your home. If you have suffered an injury due to carbon monoxide poisoning in Philadelphia, it is advisable to contact an attorney.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Once the colorless and odorless gas leaks into your home, it can be difficult to detect. If you or any of your family experiences any of the following symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, seek immediate medical care:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting

Although symptoms of poisoning are initially mild, if left undetected, they can worsen to permanent brain damage and even death.

Common Sources of Carbon Monoxide

There are a number of common sources of carbon monoxide that can be the cause of a poisoning in your home.

  • Unvented kerosene and gas space heaters
  • Leaking chimneys and furnaces
  • Back-drafting from furnaces
  • Gas water heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces
  • Gas stoves
  • Generators and other gasoline powered equipment
  • Automobile exhaust from attached garages
  • Tobacco smoke

Some of these items are the responsibility of the landlord, others such as tenant purchased kerosene and gas heaters, are the responsibility of the tenant.

A Philadelphia Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorney Can Help

If you have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of your landlord’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other related costs. Contact a Philadelphia carbon monoxide poisoning lawyer for legal help.

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