Hotel Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorney
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a more serious health risk than most hotel guests in Colorado realize. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning sends at least 50,000 people to emergency rooms and kills 430 victims per year. Carbon monoxide poisoning could occur at a hotel that experiences problems with its fuel-burning equipment, including boilers, furnaces, swimming pool heaters and water heaters.
At Cannon Law, our personal injury lawyers represent clients who have suffered injuries due to preventable carbon monoxide poisoning in Colorado. We have the power to go up against any hotel, motel or rental property in pursuit of financial compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to start with a free case consultation.
When Do You Need to Contact an Attorney?
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause catastrophic injuries, including permanent brain damage. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to a carbon monoxide leak at a hotel in Colorado, it is important to hire an attorney to represent you during your claim. Otherwise, you may be taken advantage of by the hotel’s insurance company and convinced to settle for less than you deserve. This could make it more difficult for your family to pay for the ongoing medical care that the victim needs.
What Is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning? What Are the Warning Signs?
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a toxic gas that is produced when fuel is not burned completely. When CO is inhaled, it builds up in a person’s bloodstream and replaces the oxygen in red blood cells. This starves the body and brain of oxygen, potentially causing serious harm. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include dizziness, nausea, confusion, loss of consciousness, weakness, headache and chest pain. If carbon monoxide poisoning is not caught in time, oxygen deprivation can cause organ and tissue damage, as well as long-term brain damage, neurologic problems and death.
When Can a Hotel Be Held Liable for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Hotels have a legal obligation to ensure the reasonable safety of their guests. This duty of care has requirements such as regular property inspections, high-quality repairs, proper appliance maintenance and warning signs regarding any known health risks. If a hotel or one of its employees falls short of this duty of care and gives one or more guests carbon monoxide poisoning, the hotel can be held liable, or financially responsible.
A lawsuit brought against a hotel requires proof of three key elements:
- That hotel was negligent in its duty to ensure your safety as a guest. Negligence by a hotel can take many forms, including failing to replace the batteries in CO detectors or hiring incompetent appliance maintenance professionals.
- The hotel’s negligence is the main or proximate cause of your carbon monoxide poisoning injuries; in other words, you would not have suffered the injury had the hotel fulfilled the duty of care owed to you as a guest.
- You suffered compensable losses, or damages. Finally, you must prove that you suffered specific losses because of the hotel’s negligence, such as carbon monoxide poisoning injuries, medical bills or the death of a loved one.
If you are not sure whether you have a case against a hotel for carbon monoxide poisoning, contact one of our attorneys for a free case review. At Cannon Law, we will listen to your story and let you know if your case has merit. We understand how CO poisoning happens and know that it is preventable at hotels in Colorado. We can help you seek justice for your avoidable injuries.
Contact Our Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Attorneys Today
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning while staying at a hotel in Colorado, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Discuss your right to bring a lawsuit for this type of injury with one of our attorneys at no cost or obligation. Contact us online or call (970) 471-7170 anytime.