Last month, nine people were hospitalized after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning at a Marysville Hampton Inn. Seven of the victims were in critical condition. According to news reports, all of the victims had been in the pool area, including a two-year-old girl.
The last thing one expects on vacation is carbon monoxide poisoning. Who can be held responsible for these injuries?
The dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas. When inhaled, it causes dizziness, vomiting, upset stomach, weakness, chest pain and confusion. The symptoms are described as “flu-like.” Because there is no way for humans to detect the gas, they may not realize they’re in any danger. They may feel quite ill, but chalk it up to cold or flu symptoms. If they continue to inhale the gas, it can be deadly.
Every year, about 400 people die of carbon monoxide poisoning. More are hospitalized. Without carbon monoxide alarms, it is all too easy to succumb to this deadly gas.
Who can be held responsible?
If you were injured as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, call Tim Misny right away. Whether you were harmed in the Marysville Hampton Inn incident or elsewhere, there may be a way to hold negligent parties responsible.
Negligence is a civil action. Plaintiffs must prove that the defendant had an obligation to avoid causing them harm, they breached that duty and as a result, the plaintiff suffered actual harm.
Determining who is responsible is a case-by-case decision. For instance, the inn itself may be held responsible: they had a duty of care to provide safe, habitable facilities for paying guests. In turn, the inn could claim that another party was responsible, such as maintenance and repair contractors.
If the carbon monoxide leak was due to faulty pool and heating repairs, the plaintiff could file a suit against the outside contractors, too. To win, they would need to show that the contractors were negligent in their duties—repairing and maintaining the heating and pool equipment—and as a result, the plaintiff suffered harm. “Harm” can include hospitalization, even if the plaintiff didn’t suffer lasting injuries.
Ultimately, your lawyer will review your case and let you know the best course of action. Call the Law Offices of Tim Misny to find out whether you can recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and more.
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