Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims

If you have been exposed to carbon monoxide and have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning as the result of negligence by a third party, get in touch with our specialists today. JMW’s team of expert solicitors is here to help you make a carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claim, securing recompense for your suffering.

We have successfully handled numerous carbon monoxide poisoning claims and have the expertise to achieve the result you deserve. To speak to a solicitor, call us on 0800 054 6570 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you shortly.

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What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels like oil, gas, coal or wood. It is extremely dangerous if you are exposed to it, and can also be difficult to detect, as it is both colourless and odourless. Exposure typically occurs when gas appliances are not ventilated sufficiently, have been installed incorrectly or have been poorly maintained.

How You Become Poisoned

When you breathe in carbon monoxide, it transfers into your bloodstream, preventing the red blood cells from being able to carry oxygen around your body. This results in damage to your cells, tissues and blood vessels, which can cause swelling to the brain, loss of consciousness and can, in some cases, prove fatal.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss

Who is Responsible?

There are many appliances, such as boilers, central heating systems and gas fires, that have the potential to expose you to toxic carbon monoxide fumes, and subsequently, lead you to suffer carbon monoxide poisoning. However, responsibility for illnesses caused by this harmful gas differs depending on where you have been exposed to it, and the parties responsible for the maintenance of those appliances, and your welfare.

In the home, if you rent your property, landlords and housing associations are required to regularly inspect appliances and provide you with a gas safety certificate. Inspections should be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be provided to alert you of any leaks. If you own your home, you are responsible for arranging annual checks and having a detector fitted.

In the workplace, your employer is responsible for ensuring that any machinery that can produce carbon monoxide is regularly checked and has carbon monoxide detectors fitted. Risk assessments should be carried out to monitor any potential issues and should a leak occur, there should be procedures in place to minimise exposure and repair the leak quickly. Garages are particularly vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning incidents because of the repeated exposure to car exhausts in confined environments.

Why Choose JMW?

When you instruct JMW, you can be sure to get the highest quality legal advice on this subject, provided with sensitivity, care and understanding of your situation.

We have helped many clients affected by carbon monoxide poisoning achieve settlements so you can rest assured that our team has the experience and expertise necessary to build a strong case for your claim.

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If you have been exposed to carbon monoxide due to somebody else’s negligence and have suffered an illness as a result, contact our team to discuss your options. Call 0800 054 6570 or complete our online form and let us get in touch with you.

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