Could the injuries to these Washington D.C. residents have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
Five people were hospitalized Saturday morning, January 29, 2022 after experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning at an apartment building in Washington D.C.
As reported by WTOP.com, “responders were called to an apartment unit near the intersection of 17th and K Streets for a medical emergency around 10:15 a.m. When they arrived, they found the occupants disoriented.”
According to the report “detectors on the responder’s uniforms indicated high levels of carbon monoxide.”
WUSA9.com is reporting, “[f]ive people are in the hospital after a defective furnace released “high levels” of carbon monoxide into an apartment building…Two of those people are in serious condition.”
Per the report, “[t]he apartment did not have any carbon monoxide alarms.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
Premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of emergency procedures and safety measures at the hotel may have contributed to this incident.
- When was the last gas and utility inspection performed?
- When were carbon monoxide detectors last inspected and updated?
- What safety measures, such as working carbon monoxide detectors and frequent utility inspections, were implemented by the hotel owner prior to this incident?
As details of this tragedy continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the hotel owners or managers failed to undertake proper safety measures to protect those guests legally on the premises. By law, the owner and management company of an apartment complex have a duty to protect guests and visitors and to keep the premises safe. If the owner or manager fails in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths that occur as a consequence. Should the owner or management of the hotel be found at fault, the victims may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their injuries. Financial recovery for such claims could be substantial.
As insurance companies and unscrupulous property owners are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure in these incidents, it is crucial that the victims retain an experienced premises liability firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as a faulty carbon monoxide alarm or a poor evacuation plan, is preserved and their best interests are protected. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in premises liability and apartment negligence cases, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.
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