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Defective Furnace Heat Exchangers Causing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Our Michigan carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers handle cases involving defective furnaces.  A furnace that is in disrepair, damaged, or broken can be a source of deadly carbon monoxide fumes.  A person injured from carbon monoxide poisoning may have the legal right to sue a landlord, property owner, heating company, or other party for their injuries.

The heat exchanger is one of the most important components in your furnace.  It is what creates the warm air. Every time your furnace turns on, the heat exchanger becomes red hot and expands.  Over its lifetime, the heat exchanger expands and contracts thousands of times, and eventually it can crack.  Also, condensation exhaust from the furnace can collect and cause rusting holes in the heat exchanger over time. 

When a heat exchanger fails, it can emit the poisonous gas carbon monoxide. When cracks or holes form in a heat exchanger, it may release carbon monoxide, a deadly poisonous gas, into a home or apartment.  These toxic fumes can result in significant injury and even death.

Many times, a landlord or property owner will rent an apartment or home without properly inspecting the furnace or heat exchanger. A simple inspection at the start of the lease term and annual inspections before winter can usually identify cracked heat exchanger.  When a defect in the furnace is identified, it can be repaired in a timely manner and harm can be avoided.

However, our lawyers have investigated many cases in which a property is rented without a proper inspection of the furnace.  In those cases, a tenant of the property or a visitor to the building suffered carbon monoxide poisoning due to a defective furnace or heat exchanger.  When such an incident occurs, the gas company usually “red tags” the furnace until repairs are safely made.  Unfortunately by this time, injury or death has already occurred.

If you or a loved one has suffered from injures from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a defective furnace or heat exchanger, you should contact our injury attorneys immediately to learn your rights. The experienced carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. have significant expertise in these cases and represent clients under our NO FEE promise.

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