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Palm Beach County Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Father Sues Ex-Wife After Their Daughter Dies from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Kenneth Wilson, the father of a Boca Raton 11-year-old who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in May 2009, is suing his ex-wife for their daughter’s Palm Beach County wrongful death. Amber Sue and her friend, 12-year-old Caitlin Brondolo, died after Loreta Wilson allegedly left her Ford Explorer running in the garage. In 2009, Loreta pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter over the tragic accident. Brondolo’s parents also reportedly plan to sue her. Per Loreta's arrest affidavit, she parked the SUV in the garage and left the keys in the ignition. When Amber told her that the engine was still running, Wilson said it was just the vehicle’s fan. Hours later, Wilson contacted 911. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning CO poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning fatalities. It can also leave a victim with brain damage. Because carbon monoxide has no smell, color, or taste, it can be hard to detect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that CO poisoning results in 15,000 ER visits and almost 500 deaths annually. Some signs that a person may be suffering from poisoning: • Dizziness • Headaches • Shortness of breath • Nausea • Fainting • Mental confusion Premise owners can be held liable or Palm Beach personal injury if a carbon monoxide leak occurs on a property and causes serious injury or death. This is why there should be working CO detectors on a property. Other liable parties in a Florida carbon monoxide poisoning case might include the owner of a faulty appliance, the manufacturer of a detector that malfunctioned, or a service professional whose negligence allowed or caused the leak. Related Web Resources: Caitlin Brondolo Foundation Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, emedicinehealth More Blog Posts: Drowning is the Leading Cause of Florida Child Deaths for Kids Under 5, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, July 28, 2010 Family Files Broward County Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over 80-Year-Old’s Fatal Fall from Drawbridge, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, December 8, 2009 Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Town Center Mall in Boca Raton for Murders of Mother and Daughter Names More Defendants, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, January 2, 2009

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