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LANCASTER: Carbon Monoxide Leak At Apartment Injured 5 Residents On Kirkland Avenue

Aug 27, 2019

Lancaster Carbon Monoxide Leak Accident: Carbon Monoxide Leak At Lancaster Apartment Injured One Resident On Kirkland Avenue

LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA (August 26, 2019) – At leas 5 people had to be taken to the hospital after a carbon monoxide leak accident at a Lancaster apartment complex on Kirkland Avenue. 

Los Angeles County Fire Officials are saying that the accident was first reported around 3:33 p.m. Paramedics rushed to the scene and took five people to the hospital. 

The carbon monoxide leak was traced to a water heater. SoCalGas crews reportedly found “a compromised venting system on the water heater allowing products of combustion into the unit,” according to a spokesperson for the utility company. 

There is an ongoing investigation into the carbon monoxide leak at this time. 

Liability In Carbon Monoxide Leak Accidents

All apartment complexes have a legal responsibility to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe manner in order to keep guests safe. According to California Civil Code 1714, “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.” There are a number of measures that apartment owners can take in order to prevent guests from being injured by carbon monoxide:

  • Appliances like water heaters should be regularly inspected
  • Appliances should also have periodic maintenance
  • Apartments should also have working carbon monoxide detectors
  • Emergency generators should not be kept in basements or other confined spaces

Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning can suffer from a wide variety of injuries. Here are just a few of the symptoms that will likely follow being exposed to carbon monoxide.

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain 
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations

Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning may be able to receive damages for their injuries. This can include money for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important to seek medical treatment after an accident. Failing to receive treatment may compromise your ability to pursue a claim down the line. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are.

Getting Help After A Lancaster Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Accident

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a carbon monoxide poisoning accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get all of the medical and financial support that they need to recover. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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