One Person Seriously Injured In Jackson Heights, Queens Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Accident
QUEENS, NEW YORK (January 12, 2022) – One person was hospitalized after a carbon monoxide poisoning accident at building by 92nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Emergency services were called after receiving reports about one person suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Firefighters reported high levels of carbon monoxide in the building when they arrived. One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
There is no word yet on what may have caused the leak. An investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Queens CO Poisoning Accidents
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless and colorless gas that is typically produced from the burning of fossil fuels. Exposure to carbon monoxide at 70 parts per million (ppm) is dangerous. Exposure to carbon monoxide at 150 – 200 ppm can lead to unconsciousness and death. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include nausea, fatigue and vomiting. There are a number of steps that a person should take if they suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Immediately leave the area you’re in and get to fresh air.
- Call 911 from a safe location.
- Let the fire department check for carbon monoxide.
- Make an appointment to see your doctor or seek emergency services.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for a carbon monoxide exposure accident. Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition. When a property owner leaves their property in a dangerous conditions and this leads to a carbon monoxide leak, they could be held liable through a negligence claim.
The manufacturer of a product like a heater or stove could also be liable for a carbon monoxide accident. For example, many CO accidents are due to devices that malfunction. Companies have a legal responsibility to create products that are reasonably safe. Failure to do this could create the basis for a negligence claim or strict liability claim. There are a number of injuries that a person can sustained from CO poisoning.
- Myocardial injury/ischemia
Any person that is injured in a carbon monoxide poisoning accident may be able to seek aid 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 personal injury attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims.
Investigating A Queens CO Poisoning Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the victim of this accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent additional accidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a carbon monoxide poisoning accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping accident victims get the information and support that they are owed under the law. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.