Westin BWI Airport Hotel Carbon Monoxide Lawsuits
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential injury claims and class action lawsuits for individuals who may have been exposed to a carbon monoxide gas leak at the Westin BWI Airport hotel over the weekend of February 14th to 16th.
Did You Visit the
BWI Westin Hotel in
Feb 14 to Feb 16?
On Sunday afternoon, the BWI Westin hotel was evacuated after elevated levels of carbon monoxide were detected.
Hundreds of individuals who stayed at the hotel or even visited the hotel for a few hours over the weekend may have been suffered injuries associated with carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is the leading cause of fatal poisonings in the United States. At the levels of carbon monoxide exposure found at the Westin airport hotel, individuals could suffer permanent brain damage after only two hours of exposure.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure often go undiagnosed and treated, but the long-term effects may linger for years or permanently.
Potential signs that an individual suffered carbon monoxide poisoning could include:
- Light Headedness
- Flu Like Symptoms
At least 20 individuals at the Westin Hotel were hospitalized as a result of the carbon monoxide gas, including a number who required hyperbaric oxygen treatment. However, even individuals who did not require treatment or realize they were exposed may be entitled to financial compensation and medical monitoring through a carbon monoxide class action or individual injury lawsuit if they stayed at or visited the Westin Hotel near Baltimore Washington International Airport.
BWI Westin Hotel Carbon Monoxide Leak
The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport hotel in Linthicum, Maryland has 7 floors, 260 guest rooms and a 7300 square foot room for conferences, meetings, weddings and other events. The hotel also has the “Luminous Restaurant & Lounge”.
Following the discovery of the carbon monoxide leak at the Westin hotel, fire department officials indicate that readings of the gas were found to be as high was 700 to 800 parts per million. This level of carbon monoxide exposure typically causes dizziness, nausea and convulsions within 45 minutes of exposure, and can cause permanent brain damage after only two hours of exposure.
Any carbon monoxide reading above 9 is considered dangerous, and constant exposure to levels of even 100 parts per million can cause carbon monoxide poisoning to occur after a few hours.
Increased readings were found throughout the entire hotel, meaning that individuals who stayed at the hotel, visited the hotel or even dined at the hotel could have left with carbon monoxide brain damage that could result in long-lasting health problems, including:
- Anxiety or Depression
- Cognitive Dysfunction
- Brain Atrophy and Other Damage
The investigation into the cause of the carbon monoxide leak is continuing, with only limited information released so far. Investigators indicate that the gas leak may be linked to a damaged flue assembly for a water heater in one of the hotel laundry rooms. It appears that the carbon monoxide made it’s way into the air handling system and was pushed throughout the hotel.
Carbon Monoxide Lawyers for BWI Westin Hotel Guests and Visitors
The Westin BWI hotel is located just two miles from the airport, with many guests likely to have been traveling into or out of town during the period of carbon monoxide exposure. Individuals who spent even a few hours at the hotel over the weekend may not even realize that they have suffered a potentially serious injury from carbon monoxide.
The carbon monoxide lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals who were at The Westin Airport Hotel for even a few hours between Friday February 14, 2014 and Sunday February 16, 2014.
All cases for carbon monoxide injuries are pursued by our law firm under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to hire our Maryland injury lawyers and we receive no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained. To determine what rights may be available, request a free consultation.