Carbon monoxide (Co) poisoning causes many hundreds of fatalities each year. It is a very toxic substance, and can cause major health problems over time.
Compensation claims can be made against carbon monoxide poisoning when it happens in a rented flat, public area, workplace or similar space where it is not your responsibility to monitor the levels.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
Many symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to those of the flu. They include:
- Tiredness and lethargy
- Nausea and sickness
- Dizziness or confusion
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of consciousness
In more severe cases this can also include vomiting, coma and even death. Prolonged heavy exposure can cause long term effect to the memory and inability to concentrate.
What should you do if you think you have carbon monoxide poisoning?
You should seek urgent medical attention if you think you have been affected. Ideally you should have a blood test within a few hours of the exposure stopping. This is not essential but is useful in a compensation claim. If there is no blood evidence we will pursue your claim on evidence of your ill health.
Most urgently, you should turn off the source of gas. It is important to have your appliance checked by a specialist engineer and keep copies of any paperwork following the inspection.
Who can claim?
We are able to act on behalf of any individual who has had exposure to carbon monoxide where it is not your responsibility to monitor the levels.
How can we help?
Linder Myers offers a full service when pursuing compensation claims following exposure to carbon monoxide. We can:
- Liaise with third party insurers to save you the hassle
- Arrange a medical examination
- Organise private medical treatment where liability of your claim has been admitted
We have a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers who deal with a variety of accident and carbon monoxide poisoning claims day in day out.
Our personal injury team has a range of qualified lawyers from partners to experienced legal assistants with over 30 years experience so that you can be sure the right person will be handling your claim.
If you have suffered a significant personal injury, contact a member of our team on 0161 832 6972 or email a summary of your claim, with your contact details, to firstname.lastname@example.org.