Canyon Villa Apartments Gas Leak Injures at Least Seven in Austin
Posted By Brad Stryker || 13-Feb-2012
A gas leak at the Canyon Villas apartments in Northeast Austin sent at least 7 people to the hospital after being exposed to carbon monoxide, police said. In addition, several other people refused treatment.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene of the apartments, finding a 7-year-old boy unconscious. He was transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center along with other children affected by the carbon monoxide exposure at the apartments. Adults affected by the gas leak were transported to St. David’s Medical Center for treatment.
According to reports, people at the apartments had noticed the smell of gas for days but never reported it to authorities.
Every year, 500 people die from injuries related to carbon monoxide exposure, highlighting the seriousness of gas leaks, like the one that occurred this week in Austin. While some types of carbon monoxide exposure occur within industrial settings, other times, people can endure exposure in a variety of settings. Apartment buildings, homes, hotels, boats and cars are just some o the places people experience exposure to carbon monoxide.
Sometimes, exposure to carbon monoxide does not include any type of warning or smell to alarm people of dangers associated. Instead carbon monoxide poisoning can cause symptoms that may include:
- Chest pain
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea and flu-like symptoms
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the negligence or inattention of another person or company, call our premises liability attorneys in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas at 254-633-2983, contact our Texas attorneys online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our personal injury law firm in Texas for a free consultation today.
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