Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause serious injury or death. Nearly 20,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for carbon monoxide poisoning every year.
A faulty water heater blue pipe caused the carbon monoxide leak that killed a 55-year old New York state restaurant manager and sent more than two dozen people to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless and can lead to death by suffocation.
Officials investigating this leak are concentrating on the heating system of the restaurant. The Chief Fire Marshall said, “Fumes were circulated in the basement by the ventilation systems.”
The initial call to the police said a woman had fallen and hit her head in the basement of the establishment. When rescue workers arrived at the scene, they started to feel lightheaded and nauseated and suspected a carbon monoxide leak.
Police evacuated the restaurant and found the restaurant manager unconscious in the basement. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The woman who had fallen was also taken to a nearby hospital; there is no word on her condition at this time.
The restaurant did not have a carbon monoxide detector. State fire codes require them only in establishments where people sleep. A sign was posted the next day stating; “The building has been condemned as being unsafe and unfit for human habitation.”
Many people suffer injuries, but are not aware that they have been exposed to harmful carbon monoxide gases. Injury to the brain can range from cognitive difficulties to the need for lifelong care.
In most instances, exposure to carbon monoxide is the result of a defective product or another person’s negligence.
If you or a loved one has been injured by carbon monoxide poisoning, you have the right to hold the responsible party accountable. At the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, our attorneys will focus on getting you the compensation you deserve.
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