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Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit in New Mexico: Santa Fe Attorneys

Though most residents of Santa Fe, New Mexico already know that their city is a treasure, Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted it fourth among the “Top 15 Cities in the United States.” According to Santa Fe’s department of tourism, the early Native Americans who lived in the city called it “Dancing Ground of the Sun.” Settlers at the beginning of the twentieth century referred to is as “The City Different.” These names continue to hold true for Santa Fe, New Mexico: a place where old and new paint a rich cultural tapestry.

While it is doubtless an exciting time for the city, it is also a perilous one. Visitors and workers in Santa Fe, New Mexico risk carbon monoxide poisoning because New Mexico state law does not require hotels, motels, or businesses to have carbon monoxide detectors. If you or someone you love has experienced carbon monoxide poisoning and are looking for carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers in Santa Fe, reach out to an accomplished attorney at Carabin Shaw.

How to Identify Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If you are staying at a hotel or motel in Santa Fe, New Mexico or working at any business in the city, you should be aware of the causes, symptoms, and risks associated with carbon monoxide—as both a preventative measure and to establish how Santa Fe attorneys will approach a carbon monoxide lawsuit in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center reports that carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas released by all fuel-burning equipment and appliances. In less severe cases, carbon monoxide makes people sick. With prolonged exposure, however, carbon monoxide causes permanent damage to the brain and nervous system and may even result in death.

The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning mimic the flu and other seasonal illnesses, so tourists and workers should watch out for:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Body aches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion

That said, it is worth noting that there is a key difference between the above ailments and carbon monoxide poisoning: carbon monoxide exposure does not produce fever.

Good doctors and lawyers alike know that nobody is immune to carbon monoxide poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that roughly 50,000 people visit hospitals every year for carbon monoxide poisoning, and at least 430 people die from prolonged exposure.

The Santa Fe accident attorneys at Carabin Shaw are ready to handle your case should you experience any of these symptoms due to suspected carbon monoxide exposure.

What Does Pursuing a Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit Look Like?

If you are wondering how Carabin Shaw’s Santa Fe attorneys would handle your carbon monoxide lawsuit in New Mexico, it is worth examining how other carbon monoxide cases have been resolved.

Any credentialed lawyer could tell you that the failure of hotels and businesses to provide carbon monoxide detectors is an issue that affects both travelers and employees in New Mexico. If you fall into either one of these groups, the attorneys at Carabin Shaw want you to know that there is a precedent for compensation in these cases in another state with lax laws about carbon monoxide detectors.

After Jeffrey Williams, an 11-year old boy, died due to carbon monoxide poisoning at a Best Western hotel in Boone, North Carolina, his family received a $12 million wrongful death and injury settlement. While the lawyer who advocated for the Williams family recognizes that nothing will bring Jeffrey back, he hopes that the settlement will provide closure for the family.

The same Best Western also paid a $4.5 million settlement to the family of Daryl and Shirley Jenkins, who died six weeks before Jeffrey Williams in the same hotel room.

Though we know we cannot take away your pain, lawyers at Carabin Shaw want to ensure that you receive redress.

How to Contact a Santa Fe Injury Lawyer with Carabin Shaw

Finding a good Santa Fe Attorney for your carbon monoxide lawsuit in New Mexico shouldn’t be a challenge. Reach out to our team at Carabin Shaw. Your initial consultation is free, and we pledge that will not charge you unless we win your case.

To speak with a member of our legal team, call toll-free at 800-862-1260.

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