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Additional $2.7 Million Judgment in Carbon Monoxide Injury Case

Updated May 19, 2023 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

WKW attorneys Chris Stevenson and Kent Winingham obtained a $2.7 million judgment in the Eastern District of Tennessee Federal Court against Sublime Plumbing. The judgment was entered by Judge Travis McDonough on May 16, 2023.

WKW’s clients were five young women in their late teens and two moms who had rented a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in May 2021. The cabin was recently constructed in late 2020. The plumbing sub-contractor, Sublime Plumbing, incorrectly installed a tankless gas water heater at the cabin, failing to convert the water heater from natural gas to propane. The failure to make the conversion caused the water heater to produce excess carbon monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Resulted in Brain Injuries

WKW’s clients suffered varying degrees of brain injury after being poisoned by carbon monoxide at the cabin. WKW brought claims against other defendants, including the property owner, the property management company, and an HVAC company that had been hired to fix the water heater. WKW entered into a confidential settlement against these defendants on behalf of its clients. The Sublime Plumbing defendants remained in the case and refused to engage in litigation. WKW submitted liability and damage evidence obtained through the course of discovery, including several expert reports relating to neuropsychological testing and SPECT brain imaging of the clients.

Judge McDonough authored a lengthy memorandum opinion under Case No. 3:21-cv-00311-TRM-DCP (ECF # 382) awarding a total of approximately $2.7 million against the Sublime Defendants.

Navigating Carbon Monoxide Exposure Lawsuits

Having handled multiple, multi-plaintiff carbon monoxide cases, the legal team at WKW understands the complexity involved in these matters. If you or a loved one have been exposed to carbon monoxide and developed a health condition as a result of that exposure, put your trust in our team to guide you through the process. Contact us at 317.920.6400 for a no-obligation case evaluation, or fill out the form below.

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