By cutthroatkait - 05/08/2014 22:44 - United States
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Isn't the hospital bill covered under workers comp? Correct me if I'm wrong here, but I believe OP is allowed to sue the workplace for the (abnormal) dangerous work environment. The person who built the building or the one who owns the company should've known that it is entirely possible for CO poisoning to occur if the ventilation system broke down. What I'm saying is, can't OP sue for damages because the workplace didn't notify potential dangers with the ventilation system down? (Kind of like a caution wet floor type of warning)
Even if they were informed that the ventilation system was being shut down, that does not get her employer out of the poisoning. If they were shutting the system down and there was a chance of death in the forecast, they would have sent their employees home. Wrongful death is something her family could have sued for. And often times juries will split the blame, the McDonald's hot coffee incident found the lady partially at fault.
If you guys got CM poisoning, couldn't you sue for that? I know it's a typical American response, but still
8- It's one thing to sue over frivolous things like McDonald's made my kids fat, or Nestle put trans fat in my cookies. But OP can have serious long term effects that can impair her for the rest of her life. "Up to forty percent of those poisoned can suffer problems that range from amnesia, headaches and memory loss to personality and behavioural changes, loss of muscle and bladder control and impairment of co-ordination and vision."- silentshadow.org This is something her employer SHOULD be paying for should problems arise. So how about you get off the "Just another lawsuit" bandwagon.
It also depends on why the ventilation system shut down and what emergency back up ventilation system the company had in place. If the ventilation was shut down due to company negligence or if there were not proper emergency procedures in place, OP should definitely look in to a lawsuit. OP is lucky to be alive and it's possible a lawsuit and a change in company policy could save future lives. Lawsuits are not always about getting quick and easy money. Of course, if the ventilation system was shut off because of OP's negligence, that's a different story.
Dang that sucks, hope your co-workers are faring as well as you seem to be.