Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless toxic gas. It is normally the product of incomplete combustion of fuels such as oil and gas. Defective heating and cooking equipment is the commonest source of carbon monoxide in most cases. Carbon monoxide poisoning is often referred to as the silent killer due to its lack of smell and colour but a simple carbon monoxide test is available to help show when the gas is present in a building. Unfortunately there are on average approximately 50 cases of fatalities caused directly by monoxide poisoning every year. Thankfully the majority of incidents do not result in fatalities, although exposure to the gas can cause serious health problems. It is in such cases that a carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claim can help bring reassurance to sufferers.
What are the symptoms?
Carbon monoxide gas is inhaled through the lungs and prevents oxygen from being transported around the body by attaching itself to the haemoglobin in the blood. Obviously with less oxygen in the bloodstream the effects on the body can be considerable. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are in most cases similar to those experienced with influenza. A sore throat, headache, nausea and dizziness are commonly experienced symptoms, though crucially poisoning does not cause fever or high temperatures. More serious incidences involve more serious symptoms. These can include drowsiness, loss of consciousness and of course in extreme cases death.
Some of the effects of monoxide poisoning have a longer latency period, with some symptoms such as memory loss not developing for months. For these reasons it is shown that victims suffer serious short or long term health problems through reasons that are no fault of their own. Industrial accident compensation can go a long way to compensate for these effects. Companies and authorities have insurance in place to compensate victims of carbon monoxide poisoning and as all the cases we undertake are on a strictly no win no fee basis, there is absolutely no financial risk in claiming.
The causes of carbon monoxide poisoning and the association of blame:
- Poisoning at Home
- Poisoning at Work
At Home – There are many appliances in the home that if faulty or poorly maintained are capable of releasing toxic carbon monoxide gas into your living space. Defective boilers are the most common source of gas release, but any appliance that burns fuel such as natural gas, oil or coal is a potential danger. If you live in council or rented accommodation then it is the landlord and authorities responsibility to maintain such appliances in a safe condition.
At Work – It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure the safety of its employees. This involves maintaining all equipment that burns gas, coal or oil on a regular basis, to ensure its safety. Although such equipment is more likely to be present in an industrial setting, it is potentially possible to encounter such equipment in all workplaces through the existence of heating equipment.
If you have suffered any ill effects from carbon monoxide poisoning then please call for our free expert advice. We are skilled professionals who have handled many cases like yours, providing victims with the compensation they’re entitled too. At Ashley Ainsworth we operate on a strict no win no fee basis ensuring that you can make your claim without the worry of financial risk. Employers and authorities have insurance in place to provide compensation to victims of carbon monoxide.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Compensation Claim
At Ashley Ainsworth we have vast experience in dealing with carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claims. We can provide you with one of our top UK industrial injury solicitors who specialise in the field. They have helped many people before and know exactly the best course of action to get you the compensation package you are entitled too.
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