Carbon Monoxide leak at hotel kills 1, hospitalizes 12

A carbon monoxide leak at a Michigan hotel killed a teenage boy, and hospitalized 12 others, according to police.

The Niles Police Department identified the deceased as 13-year-old Bryan Douglas Watts of Niles.

Hotel staff found the children lying unresponsive at an indoor pool deck and the breakfast area adjacent to the pool at 10 a.m. ET after noticing their figures through a window, Niles Fire Capt. Don Wise told local news stations.

Niles Fire Department Captain Don Wise attributed the incident to a faulty pool heater.

“The ventilation system on the heater had issues. The exhaust was not functioning properly,” said Wise. “Our mechanical inspector verified that. The hotel is shut down now until repairs are made.”

Carbon Monoxide Lawsuits

The attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm are actively investigating lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been injured as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Approximately 500 carbon monoxide deaths occur each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, approximately 15,000 people are treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States each year after determining that they have been exposed to a carbon monoxide leak or experienced CO poisoning symptoms.

Carbon monoxide is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’ because it is an odorless, colorless gas that is the number one cause of unintentional poisoning in the United States. Individuals exposed to such gas leaks can be killed or left with life-time injuries because carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms are not always recognized.

The signs of carbon monoxide poisoning may be mistaken for a generalized illness, causing early symptoms such as:

Carbon monoxide leaks could occur as a result of several issues, including faulty appliances, unvented fuel-powered heaters and clogged chimneys and exhaust vents. Landlords, builders and contractors have been held legally responsible through carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuits when it can be proven that they knew, or had reason to know, that a carbon monoxide leak was likely to occur, or if they caused the leak through negligence.

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help Victims of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The Carlson Law Firm represents plaintiffs across the country in complex litigation, arbitration and mediation related to a number of practice areas, including products liability, pharmaceutical litigation, personal injury, and medical malpractice to name a few.

If you believe you have been injured, or someone you love has been killed due to carbon monoxide poisoning at your workplace, a hotel or your home, the skilled team of attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm may be able to help you file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses.

To schedule a free consultation, or for more information, give us a call or fill our our free case review form today. We are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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