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Home > Personal Injury > Industrial Diseases > Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Be aware of carbon monoxide, the silent killer

Carbon monoxide (CO) is created when carbon-based fuels are not burned properly. Excess CO that you cannot taste or smell is produced . It can kill quickly and without warning, and if inhaled at lower levels over a prolonged period, can cause, brain damage and paralysis.

The damage is caused when carbon monoxide enters the body, preventing the blood from transferring oxygen, starving the cells, tissues and organs.

According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), around 15 people will die each year and hundreds more poisoned, because gas appliances and flues have not been properly installed or maintained, allowing them to produce the deadly, silent gas. The young and the old are particularly vulnerable

To keep you and your family safe, be aware of the signs that might indicate the presence of carbon monoxide. They may include the flame burning yellow or orange instead of blue (there are exceptions to this including fuel effect fires or flueless appliances); soot or yellow or brown staining may be present on the appliance, or around it and can also be an indication of its presence; or if the pilot light is constantly blown out. You may also notice an increased amount of condensation inside windows.

If you think you may have an appliance that is producing carbon monoxide, switch off the appliance, shut off the gas supply, open all doors and windows, and call the National Gas Emergency Service.

If carbon monoxide is found to be present, or you feel unwell and suspect that carbon monoxide poisoning may be the cause of your symptoms, visit your GP to check whether you have been exposed and whether your exposure has caused any problems to your health.

Please select one of the links below to read more about carbon monoxide poisoning and how Clear Answers may be able to help you bring a claim for compensation.

Also visit our page on Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and Responsibilities for making sure gas appliances are safe.

Workplace Regulations covering the safety of gas appliances

Detailed Regulations exist to protect workers from exposure to gas, chemicals and other harmful substances in the workplace - the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, otherwise known as the COSHH Regulations. Anyone who has experienced, or suspects they may have experienced, exposure to a gas such as carbon monoxide in the course of carrying out their work may be entitled to compensation if their employer has breached these Regulations.

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Evidence of carbon monoxide poisoning

In order to make a successful claim, you will need:

A claim may be possible against the owners or operators of the property if you were exposed in a public property such as hotels, caravans, restaurants or public houses, or if you are in rented accommodation, the landlord, housing association or the council. If your exposure occurs at work, you may be able to make a claim against your employer.

Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of personal injury, so please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for compensation.

At Clear Answers we have lawyers who have experience of landmark litigation for exposure to chemicals. Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

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Personal injury news stories

Clear Answers personal injury solicitors deal with a large number of industrial disease compensation claims each year, including those resulting from negligent exposure to hazardous substances such as carbon monoxide.

Please visit our personal injury news section to view details of these stories and other successful personal injury compensation claims that Clear Answers’ solicitors have been involved in.

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Making a claim for carbon monoxide poisoning

If you or a member of your family have been poisoned by exposure to carbon monoxide, and you can prove that the exposure was as a result of negligence by someone else, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation.

Family members who suspect that a deceased relative may have died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, through the negligence of others, may be able to claim compensation on behalf of the deceased.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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