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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), carbon monoxide poisoning kills around 40 people in the UK every year. Furthermore, the Department of Health say that 4,000 people are treated for carbon monoxide poisoning every year in England. In short, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims are there because they are necessary.

If you or a loved one has been poisoned by carbon monoxide due to an accident, contact The Compensation Experts. Our knowledgeable advisors can determine whether you can claim. They can then put you in touch with one of a team of personal injury solicitors who will be able to help you with your claim.

What is a Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claim?

Carbon monoxide is an odourless, tasteless by-product of the burning of fossil fuels. These include oil, petroleum, wood, and natural gas. It is found in industrial and automotive settings. It can also happen at home due to a defective boiler. Carbon monoxide stops red blood cells carrying oxygen around the body, which then leads to tissues and cells dying.

As well as being potentially lethal, side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can include:

  • Sickness
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • A headache and muscular aches, as if suffering from flu
  • Exhaustion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Acidosis (excessively high blood acidity)

Carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claims can be made after being poisoned at home, work, or while on holiday. For instance:

  • A domestic boiler which has been incorrectly fitted
  • A holiday cottage with a faulty boiler and no carbon monoxide alarm
  • In garages or places where car engines are running, with inadequate ventilation
  • Anywhere with insufficient or faulty monitoring equipment, including carbon monoxide detectors

Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning are faulty household appliances. This includes faulty central heating systems, cookers, boilers, and water heaters. Other common causes include open fires, gas fires, chimneys, and vehicle exhaust pipes.

If you live in a rented property, then the landlord or council has a duty of care to make sure all appliances are in correct working order to minimise the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Similarly, at work, your employer also has a duty of care to minimise the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide in the workplace. If you have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to carbon monoxide poisoning compensation.

Side Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

After mild exposure to carbon monoxide, the side effects can include shortness of breath, vomiting, symptoms similar to the flu or food poisoning, loss of balance, vision or memory, and unconsciousness.

After prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide, the side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can be more severe. They include:

  • A foggy mental state
  • Personality changes
  • Vertigo (feeling like the room is spinning)
  • Loss of coordination
  • Damage to the nervous system
  • Breathlessness and a resting heartbeat of more than 100bpm
  • Chest pain
  • Seizures caused by random and uncontrolled bursts of electricity in the brain.
  • Complete loss of consciousness where death can follow in minutes without emergency medical help.

Serious cases can even include carbon monoxide poisoning brain damage, in the case of extended exposure to carbon monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims Examples

An example of the kind of carbon monoxide poisoning claims we handle is the example of a woman who lived in rented accommodation that had a faulty boiler. The landlord did not get the boiler fixed before the woman moved into the property. There was also no CO alarm in the property. This caused her to suffer from a mild form of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Another example of carbon monoxide poisoning claims is a man who was poisoned by the substance at work. He worked in a garage so was exposed to a lot of carbon monoxide through broken car exhausts. His employer did not provide him with any PPE and the garage was poorly ventilated. This caused him to suffer carbon monoxide poisoning. He had to spend time in hospital to regulate his carbon levels.

Compensation Range

When determining compensation ranges for carbon monoxide poisoning claims, solicitors refer to the Judicial College Guidelines. These are guidelines for calculating General Damages, which is used to determine the value of a personal injury claim following the injuries the Claimant has sustained in an accident. Carbon monoxide poisoning compensation payouts can vary based on the severity of symptoms and side effects.

According to the guidelines for carbon monoxide poisoning claims, for toxic fume/smoke inhalation, which leaves some residual damage but is not serious enough to interfere permanently with lung function, a person can claim compensation from £4,240 to £10,040.

Claiming Compensation for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If you are affected by carbon monoxide poisoning, then get in touch with The Compensation Experts. Our advisors will talk to you about your particular circumstances to determine whether you can make a claim. If so, they will then refer you to one of the personal injury solicitors we work with. They will also take care to match you with the lawyer who will best suit your needs.

The amount of compensation you receive and the time it takes to process your claim is dependent on the extent of how your injury has affected you. Therefore the clearer liability is, the faster your application will proceed. Additionally, we will do all we can to obtain a payment without you having to go to court.

The Compensation Experts have experience in all areas of personal injury claims. We also work with lawyers who clearly understand the law and how to best make it work for your benefit. They will keep you informed every step of the way without using confusing jargon. They also respect the ordeal you have already been through.

To find out more about making a claim, or to ask about our No Win No Fee* agreement, contact The Compensation Experts today to request a call back at a time that suits you.

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