Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious threat to many. There are many important steps to take in order to ensure that carbon monoxide in a residence is detectable and can be handled. If these steps are not taken, it can lead to disastrous consequences for tenants, and liability under premises liability laws for the property owner. There are many facts about carbon monoxide exposure and liability that are important to know in case you are at risk.
What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a gas that is colorless and odorless. For this reason, it often goes completely undetected. Exposure can result in neurological damage or fatal injury. Carbon monoxide is produced by burning fuel in automobiles, small engines, ovens and stoves, grills, fireplaces, portable generators, furnaces, and more. If it builds up in an enclosed space, it can lead to poisoning for any living thing within -and ventilation does not ensure safety. Instead, having functioning detectors is a must.
Landlord Liability for Carbon Monoxide Concerns
The owner of a property is often responsible for the upkeep of its carbon monoxide detectors. Furnaces, pipes, and stoves must all be properly repaired and maintained in order to prevent leaks of carbon monoxide. If the landlord fails to adequately provide such maintenance, this can lead to disaster for the tenants. For this reason, premises liability law covers much of the risky appliances that landlords have primary control of, particularly pipes or furnaces.
Premises liability laws are less clear when it comes to appliances that were not defective until the tenants moved in and used them. It is possible that the appliances were improperly inspected. However, even unknowing damage that tenants cause to appliances frequently does not fall under the landlord's liability. If a device or appliance that leads to carbon monoxide exposure was already faulty by manufacture, then the company which produced that product may be accountable.
Millville Personal Injury Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Fight for Victims of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
If someone you know has suffered carbon monoxide exposure and feels that they are owed compensation through premises liability laws, then the experienced Millville Personal Injury Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC are ready to help. From our offices in Milmay, New Jersey, we handle premises liability law cases throughout South Jersey. We serve clients in Vineland, Bridgeton, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and Cumberland County. Call us at 609-476-4044 x 203 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.