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14 People Treated for Respiratory Issues After Exposure to Chemical Fumes

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Sep 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

Guests at a Myrtle Beach hotel got more than they bargained for as a hazmat situation led to the evacuation of occupants in the lower floors.

The Landmark Resort is a fairly ranked hotel visited by thousands of Myrtle Beach vacationers each year. On September 24th, 14 of those guests were treated for respiratory issues when two chemicals were accidentally mixed in the pool maintenance area. Both employees and guests were affected.

According to reports, on Monday night 911 received a call for an allergic reaction. Within some time about 12 people were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and two others drove themselves to the local hospital. Of those transported to the hospital 11 were guests and one was an employee. Six additional people were treated at the hotel.

Officials say that one of the chemicals was muriatic acid while Captain of the Myrtle Beach Police Department said the other chemical was chlorine. When chlorine is mixed with an acid it tends to give off chlorine gas leading to:

  • Eye & Nose Irritation
  • Throat Irritation
  • Coughing
  • Burning/Watery Eyes
  • Runny Nose
  • Chest Pain
  • Nausea/Vomiting

The lower levels of the hotel were evacuated as a precaution and the chemicals were isolated until a pool company arrived.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to noxious chemicals due to another individuals negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys to determine what your legal rights are at 1-888-821-0247.

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