Two Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawsuits Settled Out of Court
By Andrew Weatherford
Published on May 13, 2009
A wrongful death lawsuit and a personal injury lawsuit stemming from a 2005 carbon monoxide leak at a Burlington, Vermont apartment complex have been settled out of court, according to the Burlington Free Press. The cases were scheduled to go to trial this week.
The lead defendant named in the lawsuits, New England Air Systems of Williston, was accused of failing to replace a faulty vent pipe even though the company was aware of a federal recall that had been issued for the product back in 1998.
The victim in the personal injury lawsuit, Ginger Aldrich, was a resident of Redstone Apartments near the University of Vermont campus when the carbon monoxide leak occurred on January 30, 2005. Ms. Aldrich suffered permanent injuries from her exposure to the toxic gas and was in a coma for two weeks after the incident. Her boyfriend, Jeff Rodliff, died from carbon monoxide poisoning and his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit on his behalf.
In addition to the lawsuits filed by Ms. Aldrich and the estate of Mr. Rodliff, six other lawsuits were filed by other tenants who were injured in the tragedy. Two lawsuits were settled previously and four are still pending.