What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon Monoxide is a colourless odourless gas that is produced as a result of incomplete combustion of carbon because of insufficient oxygen. It can be very difficult to detect as in this case the gas cannot be seen and has no distinctive smell leading to carbon monoxide poisoning often being referred to as a silent killer. If there is a build-up of carbon monoxide at night when the occupants of the property are asleep it can be even more dangerous as they are less likely to wake meaning in some cases the poisoning may lead to fatalities. The severity of the symptoms will depend entirely on how much carbon monoxide is in the air, lower concentrations are unlikely to cause a person to die but can still lead to them becoming extremely unwell.
What are The Main Causes of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
The most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning tend to be incorrectly installed, poorly maintained, blocked, or badly ventilated appliances whether in your home or business premises. The types of appliances that pose the most risk include but are not limited to:
- Open Fires, Gas Fires, Wood Burning Stoves, Chimneys
- Cookers, Boilers, Water Heaters including portable appliances installed in Caravans and Mobile Homes
- Central Heating Systems
- Faulty Vehicle Exhaust Systems
Some of the most at risk properties are within the rental sector and as a result housing associations and landlords are required to conduct regular inspection and maintenance of gas appliances such as boilers, heaters, cookers and gas fires. There is a legal reaction for all rental properties to have gas safe certification and if landlords fail to provide this they can be fined. In the case of workplaces utilising gas carbon monoxide detectors should be fitted to ensure staff are well protected.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can also occur as a result of fumes from a faulty vehicle exhaust, and this is made much worse if it happens within a confined space such as a garage. It is important therefore for garage owners to keep their workspace well ventilated and equipment well maintained. If you feel you have suffered as a result of negligence at the hands of a landlord or employer then call us without delay to discuss your carbon monoxide compensation claim.
What are the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Although it is impossible to identify the presence of Carbon Monoxide without the help of detection devices the symptoms tend to be relatively easy to spot. There are specific side effects and symptoms associated with carbon monoxide poisoning.. This is because CO mixes with haemoglobin in the blood reducing oxygen supply to tissues and cells. Some of the most common symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning include:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Abdominal pains and sickness
- Feeling of confusion
- Clumsiness and loss of accurate coordination
- Shortness of breath
- Late symptoms common to persons over the age of 40 include neuropsychiatric elements such as mutism, apathy, irritability, personality change, disorientation, among others.
- Severe side effects include brain damage, psychological injuries, depression and heart conditions
If you find yourself with any of the symptoms listed above you should contact your doctor immediately for a diagnosis and treatment. If you contract carbon monoxide poisoning through no fault of your own you may be entitled to make a claim. So, contact our expert team without delay to start your claim for carbon monoxide poisoning compensation.
How Do I Know If I Am Suffering From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
It can prove difficult to accurately diagnose carbon monoxide poisoning. Test results can sometimes be negative simply because you have moved away from the source. If you suspect you have Carbon Monoxide poisoning you should ensure you are thoroughly checked out to establish whether there is any trace of gas in your blood stream. If you suspect there is a problem in your home or business, the first to do is exit the property after turning off gas at the source if possible.
This will ensure you are not further exposed to the poisonous gas. The most common way to test for carbon monoxide poisoning is to take a blood test. If the test proves positive treatment will usually involve the administration of 100% oxygen into the blood stream to help get rid of the Carbon monoxide. If you find yourself with carbon monoxide poisoning through no fault of your own you should contact our professional no win no fee solicitors and get your claim underway immediately.
What Do I Need to Make a Carbon Monoxide Compensation Claim?
Making a carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claim can often be tricky because a lot of cases are as a result of negligence by the individual concerned. However, this does not mean there are no successful claims. There are two major factors that relate directly to a successful carbon monoxide compensation claim. Initially you would need to prove the circumstances that led to you becoming poisoned were as a result of someone else’s negligence whether that is a landlord or employer. To evidence this you would need diagnosis reports from a licensed health practitioner, also you should include any transaction receipts that show any costs or losses incurred.
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How Much Carbon Monoxide Compensation Could I Receive?
As with any personal injury claim the amount of compensation payable is usually determined by the severity of any injury or illness and the long term impact it has on your day to day living.
Short Term Side effects with no Residual Illness
For short term Illness that doesn’t result in long term health issues you could receive a compensation amount of:
Up to £3,500
Longer Term Side Effects resulting in Lung Damage
If you suffer carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of negligence that results in you suffering longer term illness and loss of earnings you could be paid a compensation amount of:
Up to £10,500
Why Should I Choose Tylers for my No Win, No Fee Carbon Monoxide Compensation Claim?
As one of the UKs leading personal injury solicitors we have successfully claimed carbon monoxide compensation for numerous clients. As part of our legal services, clients are kept fully informed throughout the entirety of their claim. If you feel you have contracted carpal tunnel syndrome through no fault of your own contact a member of the Tylers Solicitors now on 0800 699 0079 or 0333 577 0320. Alternatively you can email a member of the team direct on email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Can I Make a Claim for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Compensation?
As claims for carbon monoxide compensation are classed as personal injury claims they should be made immediately after diagnosis. This will reduce the chances of the guilty party correcting their negligence and destroying any evidence. When making a claim it is best to use the services of a professional personal injury solicitor as this will undoubtedly increase your chances of success. Here at Tylers we have many years’ experience of successfully undertaking claims for personal injury compensation. So, to find out how we can help you get the carbon monoxide compensation you are entitled to call our professional team of no win no fee solicitors today.
Are Tylers a No Win No Fee Solicitors?
The simple answer to that question is yes, this means that when you initiate a claim with Tylers you will pay nothing up front. Our fees will be taken out of your final settlement, however if your claim is unsuccessful you will pay nothing at all. This means you can get your claim underway immediately with no worry about the cost. To find out all about our no win no fee personal injury compensation services call our professional team today.
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