The owners of an apartment building where a married couple died are facing a wrongful death lawsuit for the owners’ alleged failure to properly install carbon monoxide detectors which led to the untimely passing of the couple who had occupied a unit in the building.
Cause of Wrongful Death
The couple, who were in their early 30s, were found dead in their home several months ago. An autopsy conducted on the couple showed that they had very high levels of carboxyhemoglobin in their blood. The couple also had two pet cats both of which also.
The mother of one of the decedents eventually filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the building owners (who were at the same time the landlord of the couple) for failing to install a carbon monoxide detector on the second floor of the apartment where the couple were asleep at the time of the poisoning. The lawsuit alleged that her son would not have died due to poisoning had the building owner installed the carbon monoxide detector at the 2nd floor in compliance with the California Building Code.
The decedent couple had lived in the defendants’ apartment building for seven years. The plaintiff’s son was a successful game developer who owned a gaming company while his wife had a Ph.D. in psychology and was pursuing her post-doctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley.
The lawsuit maintains that the young decedents were productive members of their community and were loved and respected by those who knew them.
Unfortunate incidents such as poisoning can be devastating to the victims’ loved ones. While the deaths may not have been deliberate, they might have been prevented through necessary precautions such as the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in important locations throughout the building.
If you lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence, a compassionate and competent personal injury attorney can help you through the legal process of obtaining justice for your untimely loss.
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial support that the decedent would have provided to the plaintiff
- Loss of gifts or benefits that the decedent was expected to give the plaintiff
- Loss of companionship, care, assistance, moral support of the decedent
- Loss of training and guidance coming from the decedent
In California, the attorneys at Fox and Fox have been practicing law for over 30 years, helping families cope with the devastating consequences of wrongful death. We invite you to call us today at (818) 986-4494 to speak to an attorney about your situation.