When Bogart found Hepburn trying to commit suicide via exhaust gas in the 1954 movie “Sabrina”, awareness of CO poisoning dangers were still at their infancy.
Lawsuits related to CO poisoning and toxicity cases can be traced back to the 1920’s where CO exposure was rampant in coal mining due to use powder or dynamite explosions in blowing down coal. Such lawsuits usually fall under the umbrella of negligence, personal injury, product defect and liability. Individuals poisoned usually file suits on those thought to be responsible or parties liable such as manufacturers of furnaces, maintenance and equipment/appliance installers, builders and contractors, property management and landlords. When gathering engineering evidence for a carbon monoxide toxicity case, make sure the below key items are investigated per my protocol and as presented in my peer review published article:
- K.Galatsis,“Gathering Engineering Evidence for Carbon Monoxide Toxicity Cases”, Medicine, Science and the Law, British Academy for Forensic Sciences, 2015 (PDF)