Most hotels do not have any type of carbon monoxide detectors. This has led directly to serious injuries and deaths across the country due to this invisible, odorless gas. If you you have been injured in any way in a hotel, motel or resort, you should contact an experienced hotel injury lawyer right away.
The Rising Death Toll
We expect to be safe when staying in a hotel. However, across the country, more than 170 people have died in their hotel rooms from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is heavier than air. It kills by smothering its victims – essentially choking them due to a lack of oxygen.
However, the death toll doesn’t really tell the whole story here. Nationally, more than 1,300 people were evacuated in 2010 alone due to high levels of carbon monoxide within hotels. Many of these people were hospitalized for their exposure.
The Law on CO Monitors
Given the significant threat, it would seem logical that hotels would install carbon monoxide monitors, and that there would be laws mandating this simply for public safety. However, no such laws exist, and few, if any, hotels have any type of carbon monoxide monitoring system in place. Part of the problem is that the monitors are relatively expensive and hotels would need to install one monitor per room, which equates to a significant expense per property.
For Those Injured
For those who have been injured and the families of those killed by exposure to carbon monoxide in a hotel, the best solution is to retain a lawyer who specializes in handling civil trial cases, such as personal injury cases, including carbon monoxide exposure cases. This can help ensure that medical bills are paid and that any pain and suffering is compensated, something that may be very difficult to do on your own when dealing with a hotel’s insurance company.
Steven Meyer is a board certified expert in handling civil trial cases. Our office offers a free initial consultation. We have represented many clients who have been injured in hotels, motels or resorts. If you or family member have been injured in a hotel or resort, or in any way while on vacation in Florida, please give us a call. Florida has strict time limits for pursuing an injury claim. Consult with an experienced accident attorney as soon as you can.