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Angel Pichardo-Santana Injured In Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Accident at Brooklyn Home

Angel Pichardo-Santana, Marisol and Their Kids  Mariel, 4, Angie, 3, and Angel, 2 months Injured In Cypress Hills, Brooklyn Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Accident

Angel Pichardo-Santana, Marisol,  Mariel,  Angie and Angel Injured In Brooklyn Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Accident

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (October 20, 2021) – Two adults identified as Angel Pichardo-Santana and Marisol as well as their three children Mariel, 4, Angie, 3, and Angel, 2 months were injured in a carbon monoxide poisoning accident at their Brooklyn home.

New York City police officials are saying that the incident took place around 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19th. Authorities believe that a clogged chimney is to blame for spreading the deadly gas throughout the home.

Angel Pichardo-Santana, Marisol and their three children Mariel,  Angie and Angel  were inside the home when the gas began to spread. It was the first time that the family turned on the heater since the weather became colder.

Everyone in the home began to experience respiratory distress and paramedics were called. The three children were taken to the hospital in critical condition, but they have since stabilized.

FDNY officials are saying that carbon monoxide accidents are very common this time of year as the weather gets colder. A full investigation into the accident that injured Angel Pichardo-Santana, Marisol,  Mariel,  Angie and Angel remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Brooklyn Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Accidents

Carbon monoxide is a potentially lethal, odorless and colorless gas. It is produced anytime that a fossil fuel is burned. According to the Mayo Clinic, improperly ventilated appliances in enclosed spaces can allow carbon monoxide to build up to deadly levels. Carbon monoxide levels above 150 to 200 parts per million (ppm) can lead to unconsciousness and death. There are a number of symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Chest pain

If you believe that you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide the best thing to do is get to fresh air and call 911. Every year over 400 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning and another 20,000 are sent to emergency rooms. Depending on the specific facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for a carbon monoxide poisoning accident. Property owners in New York have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition.

When a property owner has actual or constructive notice of a dangerous condition with their property they must take actions to remedy the situation. When a property owner fails to correct a dangerous condition with their premises, they could be liable in the event of an accident. There are a number of steps that property owners should take in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning accidents. (1) A qualified technician should conduct a yearly inspection of a home’s heating systems. (2) Battery operated CO detectors should be spread throughout the home.

According to the New York City Department of Health, “Most homes and residential buildings in New York City are required by law to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in the sleeping areas.” The manufacturer of an oil burner could be liable for an accident if it was defective and produced excess amounts of carbon monoxide. As a general rule of thumb, companies must produce products that are reasonably safe. Products with design or manufacturing defects could potentially create a source of liability. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a carbon monoxide poisoning accident.

  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • A full, independent investigation should be conducted.
  • Maintenance records of a multi-family unit should be sought.
  • An experienced New York City premises liability attorney should be contacted.

Exposure to carbon monoxide can be especially hazardous for children, even if they appear to have completely recovered. According to the Stanford Children’s Hospital, “A child may have long-lasting (permanent) damage to the brain or heart. This depends on the amount of CO exposure. Severe carbon monoxide poisoning can cause nervous system symptoms days or weeks later. ” Any person that is injured in a Brooklyn carbon monoxide poisoning accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A New York City premises liability attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Brooklyn Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Angel Pichardo-Santana, Marisol,  Mariel,  Angie and Angel as they continue to recover. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to make this multi-family residence safer for everyone that lives there.

This accident raises a number of safety concerns. When was the last time a technician examined the heating system at this home? Does the residence have carbon monoxide detectors? Could this accident have been prevented? The vast majority of carbon monoxide poisoning accidents can be prevented when property owners follow safety regulations and have their property’s heating system regularly inspected.

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