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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Colorado Neuropsychological Associates
& The Boulder Bar Association are pleased to present:

"Medical - Legal Aspects of Carbon Monoxide Toxicology"

Thursday, October 5th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Marriott Denver West
1717 Denver West Boulevard

Carbon Monoxide is one of the most common causes of poisoning in the United States, and interest in the impact of CO on human health has grown rapidly during the past decade. This is exemplified by the increased use of CO detectors in public buildings, homes, pleasure boats and aircraft, as well as a growing number of verdicts in personal injury lawsuits. This seminar will address the medical and forensic issues involved with successfully litigating the CO exposure case and provide clinical information regarding this frequently misunderstood traumatic injury.

Topics include:

  • General Overview of CO and mechanism of injury to body and brain
  • Exposure patterns and injury (short-term high dose vs. long term low dose)
  • Review of typical symptoms and neurobehavioral sequelae
  • Diagnosis issues, treatment and outcomes
  • Overcoming the difficulties in Litigating the CO exposure case


    David G. Penney, Ph.D. is Professor of Physiology in the School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health in the School of Allied Health Professions at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Dr. Penney's dominant interest throughout his career has been CO toxicity to which his more than 60 scientific papers attest. His work constitutes more published work on CO by one person than anyone else in the world.

    Dennis A. Helffenstein, Ph.D., C.R.C. is founder of Colorado Neuropsychological Associates, P.C. and a Neuropsychologist with more than 3 years experience in the evaluation and treatment of individuals recovering from CO exposure. Dr. Helffenstein's recent chapter, "Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Carbon Monoxide-Poisoned Patient" was recently published in Carbon Monoxide Toxicity.

    Jeffrey S. Gard, Esq. is an associate in the firm of Sanderson & Associates. He is a University of Colorado Law School graduate and is Co-Chair of the Civil Litigation Committee of the Boulder Bar Association.

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