One Dead, One Injured in Lubbock Budget Motel Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 22-Jan-2014

Carbon monoxide was found in the Lubbock Budget motel room, where officials had discovered an ill woman and a man who had passed away last week from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police are tying the carbon monoxide poisoning to a fault heater in the Lubbock Budget Motel room.

The man was identified as 59-year-old Harold Rutherford, of Lubbock.

Motel employees found the pair when they did not check out of the room as scheduled. Rutherford was pronounced dead at the scene of the carbon monoxide accident. The woman was transported to a local hospital for the treatment of injuries related to carbon monoxide poisoning.

As a result of the death and illness, investigations revealed that other rooms contained carbon monoxide.

The identity of the woman has not yet been released, officials reported.

Further investigations of the motel in Lubbock determined that none of the rooms had smoke detectors, which are required by Texas and Lubbock laws.

Local Fire Marshalls have since shut the motel down, making it unavailable to guests, as investigations continue and gas services are disconnected.

Situations involving unintentional poisoning from carbon monoxide result in as many as 500 deaths and more than 15,000 injuries every year, according to the U.S. CDC. While some instances of poisoning are caused by defective and bad products (such as a bad furnace or fault heater) or situations involve negligence by a business, company or property owner. Lacking maintenance and failure to meet standards and uphold laws governing carbon monoxide detectors and standards regarding potential hazards can be serious, resulting in injuries and death that may have been prevented.

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one as a result of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, call our carbon monoxide attorneys in Texas for a free initial consultation regarding your potential case. With investigators right on staff, we have the capability of quickly gathering important evidence that can reveal answers to surrounding questions while seeking fair compensation for injuries and wrongful death. We care. We can help.

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