Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims
Carbon monoxide poisoning is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ as the gas presents no obvious signs of smell or taste. As such, the dangerous gas can be inhaled over a prolonged period without being known and can cause significant damage to a person’s health.
If you have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning in a work or public environment, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. An experienced solicitor would be pleased to discuss your case during a free, no-obligation consultation, where they will offer advice and guidelines on the likely outcome of your claim.
What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can be lethal to those who inhale it and is especially dangerous as it has no smell or taste and so can be easily undetected. Breathing in this gas can make a person feel very ill, lose consciousness and can even be fatal. The NHS reports that there are over 200 people who go to hospital each year with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Furthermore, the condition leads to an average of 40 deaths each year.
Carbon monoxide poisoning presents itself in many different symptoms, the severity of which can vary greatly. Some of the most common symptoms associated with the poisoning include:
- Abdominal pains
- Loss of coordination
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of consciousness
- Lethargy and tiredness
In the case of severe carbon monoxide poisoning, people can also experience vomiting, convulsions, collapse and even coma. Prolonged exposure to CO gas can have long-term effects on memory, personality and concentration.
Am I eligible to make a claim for carbon monoxide poisoning?
Employers, manufacturers of some products and owners of public spaces are legally obliged to ensure that their properties are safe and free from hazards for all those who enter them. If your solicitor is able to prove that your carbon monoxide poisoning occurred because of the fault of somebody else, you should be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
All employers are legally required to provide a safe workplace for their staff, and if an employee suffers from carbon monoxide poisoning in the workplace, the employer can be held liable. This is also true of the owners of any public building that you might attend, who do not maintain their legal duty to make adequate risk assessments and safety provisions against carbon monoxide.
If you suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning within the home, it may still be possible to claim compensation if the responsibility for the illness lies with another party. Examples of some of the previous claims that we have worked with include:
- Faulty appliances that led to carbon monoxide leaks
- Safety inspectors who overlooked carbon monoxide vulnerabilities within the home
- A defective carbon monoxide reader or alarm that you relied upon to provide protection
- Landlords or housing associations who acted negligently by not maintaining adequate safety assessment.
How much compensation will I be awarded?
Each claim will be reviewed independently in order to offer a realistic estimate of the amount of compensation that you are likely to be awarded. Solicitors need to do this as the severity of your personal symptoms, along with the impact that they have on your life will determine how much compensation you are awarded. In order to prove the detrimental effect that your condition has had, your solicitors will work closely with you to gather as much evidence as possible in order to build a strong case.
You will be offered a realistic estimate, based on the solicitor’s vast experience in this area, at your initial free consultation. They will utilise this time to gather information about your case and understanding the specifics of the impact that your condition has had on your life. Upon evaluating this claim, the solicitor will be in a position to offer you a reliable guideline of how much compensation you are likely to be awarded if your carbon monoxide poisoning claim is successful.
Your solicitor will provide a 100% No Win, No Fee service
Injury lawyers recognise that one of the most important considerations for claimants to make is how much legal fees will cost in the pursuit of compensation. They also acknowledge that it is unreasonable for clients to be at a potentially further financial loss when making a claim for an illness or injury that wasn’t their fault. With that in mind, they are pleased to offer a 100% no win, no fee service. This means that you won’t have to pay them a penny if they are unable to successfully win your case.