Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) February 21, 2014
The law firm of DISCEPOLO LLP has filed a Class Action Lawsuit alleging negligence against the Westin Baltimore Washington Airport - BWI Hotel on behalf of the injured guests who suffered carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning during the Valentine’s Weekend (2/15/14-2/16/14). The Class Action is McKisset, et al. v. Brentwood BWI One LLC, filed in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County, case number 02C14185492.
The complaint alleges that, during evacuation, firefighters recorded extremely dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, over 700 parts per million – a level of a mere 35 parts per million is considered by many fire departments to be a dangerous level of carbon monoxide. The complaint further alleges that as many as 400 people may have been injured because of a carbon monoxide leak stemming from water heater in the laundry room that was not properly venting to the outside. “Once it started in the laundry room, it went throughout the whole hotel,” said attorney Don Discepolo.
The allegations in the complaint include that dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide were detected on every floor of the hotel, including the third floor where class plaintiff Merlitha McKisset spent the weekend. She says she started feeling ill Saturday morning after sleeping soundly Friday night. McKisset checked out of the hotel Sunday before firefighters arrived and took herself to a hospital. Brain damage and bodily injury from carbon monoxide poisoning, even with treatment, are serious and can be permanent.
The Class Action filed by DISCEPOLO LLP, on behalf of McKisset and other Westin guests that weekend faults the hotel for negligence. “When they offer a room to rent, they have a duty to make sure that the hotel is safe. In this situation, we believe they breached that duty because they weren’t taking care of the venting system in the laundry,” Discepolo said. For now, 58-year-old McKisset is glad to be alive but is asking questions. “We all could have been dead. Nothing but the grace of God,” McKisset said.
Westin previously issued statements apologizing to the affected guests and saying they would look into how to ensure that it does not happen again.
Attorney Don Discepolo has considerable experience in the area carbon monoxide litigation and helped to obtain the State of Maryland’s highest verdict of $34.3 Million dollars for carbon monoxide injured workers at the Ruth Chris Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. The case was Wynn, et al. v. MJ Harbor Hotel LLC, et al., case number N 24-C-08-001376, in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City. Attorneys of Discepolo LLP have also been specially admitted throughout the United States to represent injured clients in carbon monoxide poisonings.
If you or someone you know was at the BWI Westin from 2/15/14 through 2/16/14, and has experienced flu-like symptoms including headaches or nausea, please call DISCEPOLO LLP today at (410) 296-0780.