Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims

If you have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of exposure at work, in a public place or at home, you are entitled to compensation, if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence.

To speak to a solicitor, call YouClaim today on 0800 10 757 95. Alternatively, fill in our online claims form or chat to us online and let us know you’d like to hear from us.

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What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas that is produced when fuels, such as gas, oil, coal and wood, don’t burn fully. Many household appliance use these fuels including boilers, gas fires, central heating systems, cookers and open fires. Charcoal, car exhausts, paint and cigarette smoke also produce carbon monoxide.

It is almost impossible to know that you are consuming the fatal gas until it is too late, which is why it is known as ‘the silent killer’.

Causes of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning doesn’t always happen in the home. It could occur at work, in a hotel or other public place, and can be just as dangerous. Examples of the cases we have been involved in include faulty installation or products and poor health and safety management. Other causes of carbon monoxide poisoning includes:

  • Blocked airways and chimneys
  • Burning fuel in an unventilated place
  • Paint fumes

If you work with fuels, you are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Your employer has a responsibility to follow strict laws to keep you safe. If they don’t, and your health is jeopardised, you are entitled to claim compensation for any injuries sustained.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can also happen in public places and rented housing. If landlords or letting agencies fail to ensure appliances are safe, the victims of poisoning are often forced to live with long-term consequences, such as heart and brain damage.

Exposure to carbon monoxide can be fatal, especially to children. If you have lost someone to carbon monoxide poisoning or are concerned about being exposed to the harmful substance, and believe one of the reasons above, or something similar, are to blame, contact us today.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

If you are showing any of the following signs and symptoms, you should visit your local accident and emergency (A&E) department:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of concentration

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning

There are precautions you can take to ensure you and your family are less likely to be exposed to the dangers of carbon monoxide. These include:

  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm to detect and alert you to any leaks
  • Maintaining appliances by organising regular servicing by a reputable engineer
  • Make sure chimneys, flues and any other airway are kept clear
  • Have you car exhaust checked every year for leaks
  • Check to see if your exhaust isn’t blocked before turning the engine on
  • Always wear a safety mask when painting
  • Fit an extractor fan in your kitchen if it doesn’t have one

If you suspect you have a leak or your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, stop using any appliances and switch them off, evacuate the property and call the gas emergency number 0800 111 999 to report the incident. 

How YouClaim can help

Our experienced team has been involved in a multitude of carbon monoxide cases, and we are experts in dealing with even the most complex claims involving carbon monoxide, both sensitively and professionally. We always take into consideration every detail of your case, and always strive to achieve the best possible compensation for you and your family. YouClaim can help you recover lost earnings, travel and medical expenses, as well as recognition for your suffering.

Get started today

Speak to a solicitor today to start a claim for compensation. We will help you and your family through every step of the process. Call us today on 0800 10 757 95, or start your claim online by filling in our online form or chatting to us via our live chat.

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