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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills Worker

A 38-year-old dock worker died from carbon monoxide poisoning recently, as he was pressure-washing a freshwater tank on a fishing vessel, while five other dockworkers sustained exposures to carbon monoxide in an attempt to rescue the injured worker, reports say.

The catastorphic accident occurred when a gasoline-powered pressure washer was placed below deck at the opening for the freshwater tank. The victim was overcome while pressure-washing the inside of the tank. Two co-workers found the victim inside the tank and climbed in and pulled the victim out of the tank, but remained below deck, where they also became ill.

When the local emergency services responded, they began working on the three victims, then also became ill. In all, the victim, four co-workers, four firefighters and one police officer were transported to various local hospitals. The victim was pronounced dead at the local hospital where he had been transported.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas produced by burning fuel such as gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal or wood. When fuel-burning equipment, tools, and appliances are used in enclosed spaces, or spaces without good ventilation, CO levels can accumulate quickly and can result in death as it deprives the body of oxygen and reaches deadly levels without being detected.

Wrongful deaths such as this are tragic. And experts in dealing with situations similar to this are helpful in giving direction to families of accidental injury and death victims. The Doan Law Firm P.C., led by Houston personal injury attorney Jimmy Doan, has extensive experience in personal injury and wrongful death accidents and can assist any family suffering loss or injury.Contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C. today.  


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  1. After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.
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