Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims
What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide (or CO as it’s more commonly known) is an invisible, odourless, tasteless silent killer. Although incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning have fallen in the UK over the past 20 years, people continue to be killed and admitted to hospitals every year due to breathing in high levels of carbon monoxide.
If you are in an enclosed or poorly ventilated space, carbon monoxide poisoning can occur. As CO enters your bloodstream, the blood cells can no longer carry oxygen, and this lack of oxygen causes the blood vessels and tissue to die.
What are the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pains and stomach pains. Your symptoms may improve when you are away from the source of carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide poisoning in the home and other places.
There are several common causes of exposure to carbon monoxide, including poorly installed, inadequately maintained, blocked, faulty or insufficiently ventilated common household appliances and systems such as:
- Gas cookers
- Gas Heaters
- Faulty Boilers
- Hot water systems
- Water heaters
- Air conditioners
- Wood-burning stoves
- Space heaters
- Gas fires
- Gas boilers
- Gas ovens
- Gas hobs
- Gas fireplaces
- Log burners
If you’re exposed to carbon monoxide (CO) gas, you could be poisoned even if you don’t live in a house with faulty heating systems or faulty appliances or if you’re not working in a factory where there are toxic fumes. You can get poisoned by breathing in CO from any source, including vehicles, factories, mobile homes and even boats.
Employers, private landlords, and business owners have a duty of care to ensure that they follow carbon monoxide detector building regulations and safeguard their employees, tenants, and clients from CO poisoning because of how dangerous the consequences of exposure can be.
What can compensation pay for?
By making a carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claim, you can get assistance to cover expenses and any medical treatment you may need.
Each situation is unique, so there’s no one size fits all answer for how much compensation you’ll be paid. It depends on your circumstances, the seriousness of your condition, and your chances of recovering fully.
Our experts will factor in pain and suffering, financial loss, and travel expenses when assessing how much compensation you will be entitled to. If exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide, you might require further medical treatment to aid your recovery, which will be factored into your compensation.
How our experts can help you if you want to make a carbon monoxide compensation claim
Pattinson & Brewer’s experienced solicitors have built a formidable reputation fighting for compensation settlements for the victims and their families where the victims have been exposed to poorly maintained gas appliances and fires in rented accommodation.
If you want to make a carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claim contact our expert team, who will provide a jargon-free initial consultation. Contact us on 0800 988 0777 or complete our online form, and one of our specialist carbon monoxide solicitors will get in touch.
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