Two dangerous hazards that could cause illness and death are asbestos poisoning and carbon monoxide poisoning. Each of these are life-threatening chemical substances that can cause extreme health challenges, if exposed to or breathed in on a consistent basis. Many people may not even be aware that they are being exposed to these chemicals, for they are mostly odorless and colorless.
If you are starting to have chronic health problems due to a change in your lifestyle routine – where you live, where you work, where you hang out – it could be due to undetected chemicals impacting your body. The building you live in or work in may be contaminated with asbestos or leaking fumes of carbon monoxide.
It is possible that the asbestos or carbon monoxide are a result of negligence from a building owner or previous homeowner. If negligence has caused death to someone you love, from exposure to either asbestos or carbon monoxide, contact a Los Angeles death lawyer to discuss filing a wrongful death lawsuit on your loved one’s behalf. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation.
Asbestos poisoning occurs when a person is exposed to asbestos fibers. The resulting disease is properly known as asbestosis, a lung disease that originates within the lungs as a result of inadvertently inhaling asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are life-threatening, according to the Mayo Clinic, because they can scar the tissue in the lungs. This causes problems that make it difficult to breathe properly. Once this happens, our lungs are unable to function properly.
Exposure to asbestos can lead to asbestosis, pulmonary infections, and even pulmonary fibrosis. Asbestos exposure can develop into asbestosis based on the extent of how much of the following factors were involved:
- What level of asbestos was involved and at what concentration
- Chemical composition of the asbestos
- The length of time of the person’s exposure to asbestos
- Previous health conditions
- Lung disease history or smoking history
People who become afflicted with asbestosis can try to reduce the symptoms by quitting smoking, using prescription inhalers, receiving additional oxygen, or in severe cases, having a lung transplant.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless gas that is found in carbon fuels like wood, gasoline, and coal. A leak of carbon monoxide can be swift, silent, and deadly. Some of the early signs of breathing in carbon monoxide include headaches, dizziness, inability to breathe, and possible vomiting. A person may eventually even lose consciousness and will need immediate medical treatment.
Exposure to carbon monoxide will start to build up in a person’s bloodstream according to Drugs.com. As the carbon monoxide fumes spread, a person’s lungs start to fill with these fumes, and oxygen is rapidly depleted. This can bring about serious physical harm, including unconsciousness, and even death.
Carbon monoxide might be accidentally leaking in a person’s home. Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector installed to alert people to any traces of this dangerous chemical. If a building owner is in charge of maintaining a building, this person could be held accountable for negligence from carbon monoxide poisoning.
If someone you love has died from exposure to either asbestos or carbon monoxide from a negligent landlord or building owner, you may be able to hold the at-fault party accountable. A Los Angeles death lawyer can discuss your loved one’s case and find out all the background details to determine if there is a valid claim. Contact us today for a no-fee consultation.
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Los Angeles Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors have been required in Los Angeles since 2013 in multi-family dwellings like apartments. CO detectors have been required in single-family houses since 2011.
California state law (HSC 17926) requires owners of multi-family dwellings with rented units, like apartment buildings, to have carbon monoxide detectors in each of the units. From 2016 onward, hotels and motels have also been required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed.
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Landlord Liability Laws
Tenants who rent offices or apartments in California have clear expectations of safety in the buildings. This extends to not having carbon monoxide leaks while living or working there. Property owners are required by California premises liability laws to provide reasonably safe conditions for those who live, work at and/or visit their properties. The premise liability laws also require owners to warn people of potential hazards on their property to lower or stop any accidents and injuries. This includes leakages of poisonous gases, including carbon monoxide.
You may be able to sue for negligence if you suffered injuries, diseases, or long-term illnesses from asbestos poisoning or carbon monoxide poisoning in Los Angeles, due to the negligence of a landlord or property owner. The circumstances for a successful lawsuit depend on whether or not a plaintiff can provide that evidence that the building owner or landlord failed to
- use reasonable care to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition, and failed to
- repair or replace dangerous broken mechanisms or give adequate warning to others of the dangers herein.
If carbon monoxide fumes have been emitted from a building or apartment, and that is due to the negligence of the owner, you may be able to make a qualified case for a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf or on the behalf of a loved one.
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Losing a loved one to asbestos or carbon monoxide poisoning is devastating and traumatic. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm we can help you gather evidence against the building owner who was negligent in keeping a safe building condition. Carbon monoxide leaks can cause death, and they can also lead to gas explosions, which endangers the lives of many.
In these cases, it is important to work with a legal team that understands owner liability laws. A personal injury lawyer can investigate the case for your loved one, protect your legal interests, and work with you to recover damages and losses. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation. We do not shy away from the tough cases and you pay nothing upfront unless we secure a fair settlement on your family’s behalf.