Workplace Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Some of the most serious dangers that threaten one’s safety in the workplace are those that remain unseen. High concentrations of lead and mercury or the presence of radiation are some of the hazards that receive frequent consideration. Less commonly noted, however, is the distinct health risk posed by exposure to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. Because carbon monoxide is a byproduct of combustion engines and other burning processes, employees whose jobs are in confined spaces where these sources of carbon monoxide are found are at particular risk for becoming ill.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause permanent damage and typically requires emergency medical treatment to prevent fatalities and limit the lingering effects. If you have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning due to the conditions in your workplace or the nature of your occupation, then contact the Morehead City workers’ compensation lawyers of the Law Office of Sam Scudder, at 919-851-3311 to speak with an experienced attorney about the benefits to which you are entitled.
Potential Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
There are many factors that can potentially cause an unsafe level of carbon monoxide exposure. Improper maintenance of machinery, lack of ventilation, and length of exposure are just some of the possible explanations. But under workers’ compensation law there is no obligation to establish fault, so these issues do not play a role in the determination of a workers’ compensation claim.
Some of the potential health effects of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Internal organ damage
- Cognitive impairment
- Personality changes
- Behavioral differences
- Difficulty with memory formation and recall
Let us help you to claim the benefits that you are rightfully due for your occupational illness. Contact the Morehead City workers’ compensation lawyers of the Law Office of Sam Scudder, today at (252) 222-0227.