Accidental poisonings are unfortunately common, sometimes resulting in only mild and short-term symptoms, but in more severe cases can result in permanent brain damage, disability and even death.
Poisons come in solid, liquid and gas forms. One of the most common and dangerous forms of poisoning is from carbon monoxide, especially here on Long Island where many homes have garages and gas heat. This toxic gas is odorless and clear, making it all the more dangerous and the reason why carbon monoxide detectors are so important. In winter, space heaters add to the danger.
Restaurants and businesses have had little oversight and regulation in providing carbon monoxide detectors and other safety measures to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning until an accident at Huntington’s Legal Seafoods caused one death and 26 others were treated at local hospitals. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law as a result that required all restaurant and commercial building to install CO2 detectors by June 2015.
Other common dangers that can cause poisoning are cleaning products, pesticides, cosmetics, medications and lead exposure. But poisoning can also come from substances meant for human consumption, such as drinking water that has been contaminated or food that has not been properly prepared or handled. Also medications that are generally considered safe to take can be toxic when taken in large quantities.
Because there are many different poisons, the symptoms are wide and variable. In addition, many mimic other conditions, making it difficult to diagnose.
Some signs and symptoms of poisoning include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Heavy drooling
- Pale, flushed or yellow skin
- Behavior changes
- Stomach pain
- Blurred Vision
What to do when another person or party is to blame for your accidental poisoning
Sometimes poisonings are avoidable. When other people or businesses don’t take the necessary steps to keep others safe—by following regulations, taking reasonable care with known toxins, clearly marking products that are dangerous, for example—you may be able to take legal action to help compensate you and your family for medical expenses, missed work, and the pain and suffering that has been caused when poisoning is serious and takes a deadly toll on the body.
How our accidental poisoning lawyers can help you
Our caring and compassionate lawyers have a proven track record fighting for our clients’ rights and getting them the compensation they deserve. We take these cases very seriously and thoroughly investigate the scene and incident and work with medical experts to ensure we present the best case to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.
Have questions? Give us a call to find out your legal rights and what you can expect from your specific case. We provide free, no-obligation consultations to help you understand your legal options. So contact us today at 516-222-4000.