How Can Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Occur On A Boat?
Have you been injured in a California boating accident? Did you become sick from carbon monoxide poisoning after being on a boat or ship? If so, you may have a claim against the owner of the boat, the operator of the boat, and/or the manufacturer for your damages because of the poisoning. You need an experienced boating accident attorney to fight for your right to receive compensation for your injuries.
The Levinson Law Group, led by Gordon R. Levinson, has the expertise and knowledge to help you as you work to recover from your boating accident. Mr. Levinson worked for some of the largest insurance companies in the country; therefore, he has insider knowledge of the insurance industry that can help you receive the justice you deserve. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs. For your free consultation, call (760) 642-5475 today.
Boats and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Boating is an enjoyable activity in and around Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Escondido, as it is throughout California. We have some of the most beautiful waterways and coastlines in the country. Unfortunately, boating can be dangerous and boating accidents cause traumatic and serious injuries each year. Most people do not associate carbon monoxide poisoning with boating but carbon monoxide poisoning causes serious injuries and, in the worst case, fatalities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has worked with National Park Service and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to investigate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning on boats. According to the CDE, carbon monoxide cannot be seen or smelled. It can cause a variety of symptoms such as:
- Loss of consciousness
Without proper treatment, carbon monoxide poisoning can result in death.
Carbon monoxide is produced by the gasoline-powered engine on a boat. Inadequately ventilated enclosures can trap gases causing a buildup of carbon monoxide. It can also build up at the rear platform near the motor as well as in the bridge, aft deck, cabin, or cockpit when the boat is idling or traveling at a slow speed.
Precautions To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
You can take precautions to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning such as:
- Do not swim or play at the rear of the boat where the engine’s exhaust is released
- Never block exhaust outlets
- Perform regular inspections and maintenance on the engine and its components
- Install carbon monoxide alarms on your boat
- Never dock or anchor within 20 feet of another boat
- Review the carbon monoxide checklist provided by the U.S. Coast Guard
If you or a loved one has died or been injured due to carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat, contact The Levinson Law Group (personal injury attorney) to discuss your legal options to recover damages from the at-fault party. Depending on the circumstances, you may have the right to receive compensation from several parties. Our accident law firm will conduct a thorough investigation to protect your rights and to maximum the compensation you are entitled to receive. You do not have to bear this burden alone, we are here to help you and your family as you continue to recover from your boating accident.