Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Compensation Claims
Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels such as gas, oil, coal and wood do not burn fully. Burning charcoal, running a car engine and the smoke from cigarettes also produces carbon monoxide gas.
The main cause of accidental exposure to carbon monoxide is through faulty household appliances such as cookers, heaters and gas fires. A risk also arises from the use of portable heaters commonly used in caravans, boats and mobile homes. Other possible causes of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
- Blocked flues and chimneys;
- Burning fuel in an enclosed or unventilated space;
- Faulty or blocked engine exhausts;
- Some cleaning fluids containing methylene chloride.
Exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can cause symptoms including headaches, nausea, dizziness, tiredness and confusion, stomach pain and shortness of breath. These symptoms will tend to resolve when continued exposure ceases. The longer carbon monoxide is inhaled the worst symptoms are likely to be. This could include loss of balance, vision and memory. Eventually this may lead to loss of consciousness.
Long term exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can also lead to neurological symptoms including difficulties with concentration and problem solving, together with frequent emotional changes such as irritability and depression.
Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can lead to death.
In the event that you been negligently exposed to carbon monoxide and have experienced such symptoms, it may be possible to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. This would include compensation not only for pain and suffering but also any losses and expenses arising from the development of your condition.
At Sintons our specialist personal injury solicitors can advise you fully on the prospects of pursuing a successful claim for compensation arising from carbon monoxide poisoning.
All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.
To begin a personal injury compensation claim or obtain further advice with no obligation contact Sintons 24/7.