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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning2018-07-26T16:50:33+00:00

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Carbon Monoxide is a dangerous gas, which is produced by burning fuels such as wood, coal, oil and gas. If there is a lack of oxygen in the area where the fuel is burning, it produces carbon monoxide instead of producing carbon dioxide as a by-product. This occurs naturally in some gas appliances such as boilers where the gas is usually disposed of safely into the atmosphere.

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Carbon monoxide poisoning claims

Claims for compensation can be made if you have been exposed to carbon monoxide due to the fault or negligence of someone else. Due to the seriousness of carbon monoxide poisoning, claiming for compensation can often be the best thing to do if you’ve been hospitalised, taken time off work or lost your job due to the effects of poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’, due to it being odourless and colourless. It is therefore most likely that you won’t know carbon monoxide is there until you started suffering the side effects of inhaling it. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to those associated with flu, Inc:

  • Nausea and sickness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Clumsiness and loss of coordination
  • Tiredness and lethargy
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain

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The main causes of carbon monoxide poisoning

The cause of carbon monoxide poisoning is usually either poorly maintained gas appliances such as gas fires or central heating systems, or bad ventilation. Hints to spot carbon monoxide leaks include looking for flames burning yellow instead of blue and sooty deposits around appliances.
If there’s a possibility of exposure in your workplace, it is up to your employer to ensure that appliances are regularly checked and maintained, and perhaps even to install a carbon monoxide detector. You could make a claim against your employer if they have allowed carbon monoxide to leak into your work environment that has then subsequently affected you.

Similarly, if you’ve been affected whilst living in rented accommodation, in a public house or otherwise, it is the responsibility of the landlord or manager to make your safety a priority. If they fail to do this and you are poisoned then you should consider making a claim.

What you should do if you suspect you have been exposed to carbon monoxide

Seek medical advice and immediately switch off the source of the gas. Get your appliance checked by a specialist engineer and retain copies of any documentation regarding the inspection.

Explain to the medical professional that you suspect the cause might be carbon monoxide poisoning and ask for a blood test. Don’t be put off if your blood test does come out as negative for carbon monoxide, this could simply be because you have been away from the source of the exposure for a short period.

A Carbon Monoxide Poisoning claim can be made for:

  • Pain, discomfort and disability caused
  • Medication and or equipment costs
  • Loss of earnings
  • Reduction in life expectancy
  • Treatment costs including travel expenses

It doesn’t stop there…

Edwards Duthie provide you with help and advice along the way. We also refer you for additional support so that you are able to adjust to new circumstances following the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning injury. We can advise about care, rehabilitation and life skills; providing you with any essential custom aids and appliances.

Whatever is needed for you and your case, we help to put it in place.

Edwards Duthie will help you with your Personal Injury claim efficiently and as quickly as possible

If you or someone you know has experienced any of the above, we understand what you’re going through. Support for anyone adjusting to life after Carbon Monoxide poisoning is important and that’s why we’re here to help you. We specialise in high-level injury cases and are proud of our ongoing achievements allowing us to secure multi-million pound compensation awards for our clients providing life-long financial stability. A large proportion of Carbon Monoxide poisoning compensation claims are successfully fought each year by our specialist Personal Injury solicitors.

It doesn’t stop there, with Edwards Duthie we provide you with help and advice along the way. We can advise about care, rehabilitation and life skills; providing you with any essential custom aids and appliances. Whatever is needed for you and your case, we help to put it in place. We understand how difficult things can be, so we lift the burden from you, bringing you peace of mind and a secure future after Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Call us now on 020 8514 9000 to speak in confidence with one of our injury lawyers.

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