Carbon Monoxide – The “Silent Killer”

The danger of carbon monoxide poisoning to guests and employees of hotels and motels is a continuing issue for the hospitality industry. A recent study has shown that between 2005 and 2018, over 900 guests suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning while staying in hotels/motels.  These numbers have drastically risen since 2018.

Last week, Abraham Watkins and their experts inspected a hotel where their client’s father died overnight from carbon monoxide toxicity. This was following the 3 deaths of American tourists who suffered lethal carbon monoxide poison at the Sandals resort in the Bahamas. 

Despite the staggering numbers of carbon monoxide toxicity, many establishments continue to refrain from implementing simple protective measures, like carbon monoxide detectors, to warn their patrons of the presence of excess carbon monoxide in their rooms.

Hotels like these must be held to a higher standard to take more proactive measures to properly ventilate their rooms and utilize carbon monoxide detectors to protect their patrons from these foreseeable stark consequences. A simple warning can save many lives; an adequate remedy can prevent senseless tragedies.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating gas that is formed from the burning of fuel from appliances like heating/ventilation/Air conditioning systems, furnaces, gas stoves, refrigerators, water heaters, etc. It is known as the “silent killer” because of its unknown presence and quick lethal consequences. If you are in a confined, poorly ventilated area where there is burning fuel and you start to develop symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, weakness, or confusion, you need to remove yourself to an open area with fresh air and seek immediate medical attention.

If you or someone you love have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning while staying at a hotel or motel, contact an experienced attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling (713) 222-7211 or 1 (800) 870-9584. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the longest-standing personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist you with your claim.