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The Facts About the Bryant HVAC Lawsuit

Have you heard of the Bryant heating and cooling lawsuit? That’s right, a class action suit has been filed against the City of Bryant, Texas. This suit claims that the City of Bryant and their HVAC contractors did not do enough to prevent the deadly “blue air” problem that was so deadly.

How does this air conditioner case work? Well, back in May, 2009, three-hundred plus home owners and apartment dwellers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex filed a class-action lawsuit against the City of Bryant, Texas.

The suit alleged that the City of Bryant did not do enough to fix the problem of too much cool air and had in fact done nothing to remedy the situation. This is when the air quality problem became known as Blue Air. So far, the City of Bryant has not produced any solutions or claims that they are going to fix this crisis.

What is the “pressure cooker syndrome”?

The term “pressure cooker syndrome” refers to the deadly combination of too much hot air and not enough cooler air in an enclosed area. The air will then cause the interior of said space to quickly ascend to a point where the occupants die from lack of oxygen. This has happened in areas like Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta. Not only is it deadly but it can happen in your home without you even knowing about it.

Now the class-action lawsuit focuses on the City of Bryant, Texas. Why? Because the lawsuit asserts that the City of Bryant did nothing to make sure that the levels of air quality were satisfactory. However, according to the suit, the HVAC contractor hired by the City of Bryant did a poor job and did not follow state and federal guidelines when it comes to making sure that air quality standards were met in the various buildings that were being constructed in the City of Bryant.

Why were the standards so important?

The lawsuit contends that because the temperature inside of buildings rises so rapidly, there is a significant risk of people getting very ill very quickly. In fact, one of the plaintiffs who was working in a school building suffered from heat exhaustion and died while at work. He had been doing well but nonetheless fell sick just before his contract was due to expire. According to the lawsuit, the school district knew that there were in fact issues with the building’s air quality, but failed to fix them or warn the building owners and operators.
So why is all this happening?

It appears that the HVAC contractors that were hired by the City of Bryant did not have enough training in the proper methods for safely maintaining an airtight building. They were largely relying on guesswork, so they put too many different people on the job. Many of these people may have had little or no experience at all in the proper ways of maintaining HVAC units. What makes matters even worse is that the contractors did not have any certification to practice as an HVAC specialist.

This means that the Bryant heating and cooling case may end up going to court.

If the plaintiffs win their lawsuit, the HVAC companies will be ordered to repair the AC units in every single school within the city. There are already several cases pending in the same court, so it looks like this could get ugly for the contractors. They have already had to spend a lot of money repairing the AC units in the schools. If they lose, they will have to start from scratch and will likely have to pay twice the amount of money that they originally spent.

Now that you have all of the details, you should be able to better understand this growing heating and air conditioning lawsuit. If you are looking for a quality attorney to represent your case, you should give T&C Holding & Plumbing of Texas a call. They are experts in the field of commercial air conditioning and have been representing clients in all of their local commercial office building and government projects. They have a reputation of being on the ball when it comes to their clients’ rights.

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