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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims

Each year, more than 4,000 people go to A&E with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. If you've suffered carbon monoxide poisoning because of someone else's negligence, our specialist lawyers could help you make a claim for compensation. We accept many cases on a No Win No Fee* basis and offer a free initial consultation.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be caused by a range of things, including:

  • Gas boilers and other household appliances
  • Blocked chimneys
  • Burning fuel in an enclosed space
  • Faulty or blocked car exhausts
  • Paint fumes

The initial effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can be similar to food poisoning, including symptoms of vomiting and nausea. Breathing in high levels of the gas can have more severe consequences, such as loss of consciousness or even seizures. Though the effects are usually only short term, exposure to very high levels of carbon monoxide can be fatal.

Employers, landlords and other building owners all have a responsibility to ensure that appliances comply with safety regulations and properties are well maintained. If your health has been put in danger because someone has neglected this duty of care, we could help you bring a claim for compensation.

Our specialist team has helped many people bring claims for carbon monoxide poisoning - our experts are happy to talk you through the process of making a claim and answer questions you may have.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims - More Information
    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • When you contact us, you'll speak to one of our friendly team members, who will talk to you about your illness. This initial consultation is free and from there, we'll advise you on the best way to take your claim forward.

      Contacting Those Responsible For Your Illness

      We'll help you work out who is responsible for your illness and get in touch with them at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for what happened. If they accept responsibility, we'll try to secure some of your compensation up-front, which can fund private medical care and expenses while your claim is ongoing. These payments, known as interim payments, will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Gathering Evidence

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence and enquiring with other customers who may have been affected. We'll employ medical professionals to find out how your illness impacted your health and recommend the care you'll need in the future in order to make the best recovery possible.

      Final Settlement & Compensation Awarded

      We'll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn't accept responsibility or doesn't agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we'll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim needs to be decided at court, we'll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Read more about what happens if your case goes to court.

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • By making an illness compensation claim, you can access funds to help cover expenses and any medical treatment you may need.

      Every case is different, so there's no set amount of compensation you'll receive. The amount of compensation you'll get will depend on your circumstances, the severity of your illness and your chances of making a full recovery.

      To work out how much compensation you're entitled to, we'll take into account factors such as:

      • Expenses - including travel expenses to medical appointments, prescriptions and things that help with daily living.
      • Loss of earnings - to cover any time you've had off work and time off you may need in the future. This figure can also cover matters such as not returning to the same role or not being able to return to work.
      • Pain and suffering - caused by your illness.
      • Further treatments - to pay for any further medical procedures you may need.

      If you'd like to make a compensation claim, contact us to set up a free initial consultation on 0800 056 4110.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have to make a personal injury claim within three years of your illness so you should contact us as soon as possible. Getting in touch with us shortly after your illness makes collecting evidence easier and helps get you the compensation you need as soon as possible. It can also help us find other people who have contracted an illness from the same place and file a stronger group claim.

      There are some exceptions to the three year time limit, including:

      • International claims - time limits in other countries may be shorter, so you should contact us as soon as possible to find out if you could claim.
      • Claims on behalf of children - these can be made at any point before their 18th birthday. When the child reaches 18, they can make their own claim at any stage up until they turn 21.
      • Mental capacity - there are no time limits to make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn't have the ability to handle their own case.
      • Fatal claims - some illnesses can be fatal in people with underlying illnesses, people with weakened immune systems and other vulnerable individuals. To make a claim on behalf of your loved one, you'll have three years from the date they died to make a claim.

      If you would like to make a personal injury claim, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible so we can start work on your case. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there's no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be better options to fund your claim. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it's always worth checking whether you're already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You'll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful - your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Meet The Team
    • Our personal injury experts are based across the country so are never too far away from you. We'll always take the time to get to know you and will make sure we understand what happened in your illness and the effect it's had on your life.

      Your lawyer will run your case as efficiently as possible and will start investigating your claim as soon as possible. We always provide clear advice on what's happening and can advise you on a number of issues including financial planning and state benefit entitlement.

      Our Personal Injury team has been applauded by leading legal guides, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. In 2016, Chambers & Partners said: "They are excellent, very knowledgeable and considerate to their clients, in whom they take a personal interest." The Legal 500, in 2015, described us as a "leading player" and recognised that we "handle every case thoroughly and compassionately." In 2016 the Legal 500 described Amandeep Dhillon, who heads the Public Health team, as "a great team player and strategic thinker".

      We're also proud to have won the Claimant Solicitor of the Year prize at the Rehabilitation First Awards on seven different occasions. This award recognises our key focus on rehabilitation, making sure that our clients can access the care and support they need.

      View our Public Health team.

We are extremely grateful to Irwin Mitchell who diligently pursued our cases for us."

Ken, Client

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Carbon Monoxide Leaks?

Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels such as gas or coal do not burn properly. Carbon monoxide leaks happen most commonly when household appliances are incorrectly installed, poorly maintained, or poorly ventilated.

Many household appliances run on fuels that produce carbon monoxide, including:

  • Boilers
  • Gas fires
  • Central heating systems
  • Water heaters
  • Cookers

If you've suffered carbon monoxide poisoning because these appliances have been fitted badly or fail to meet proper safety standards, we could help you make a claim against those responsible. This could involve bringing a claim against:

  • Landlords or building owners
  • Employers
  • The company fitting or servicing appliances

If you're unsure of where your exposure to carbon monoxide happened, or who is responsible, you can contact our expert team today for a free consultation. We'll be happy to talk to you about your claim, with no obligation.

Call today on 0800 056 4110.

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What Are The Effects Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

The symptoms of low level carbon monoxide exposure can be similar to food poisoning or the flu. Unlike the flu, however, carbon monoxide poisoning does not cause a fever.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Headaches - especially tension-type headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tiredness and confusion
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing

When carbon monoxide enters the bloodstream, it prevents oxygen being carried around the body, which causes vital cells and tissues to fail and die. Breathing in high levels of the gas can have more serious consequences, such as:

  • Impaired mental state
  • Vertigo
  • Breathlessness and chest pain
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

While these symptoms are usually temporary, prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide could lead to long term health complications, such as problems with memory and concentration, vision and hearing loss, and even heart disease.

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How Do I Know My Illness Is Caused By Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide has no smell or taste, making it hard to detect. It's very important to identify a leak as soon as possible, however, as the longer you're exposed to the gas, the more severe your symptoms will be, and the greater the risk of developing long term complications.

Many homes are fitted with carbon monoxide detectors, and landlords have a legal responsibility to ensure they are fitted in rooms with a solid fuel appliance. However it is good to be aware of the symptoms in case detectors are not fitted or are faulty.

You should suspect carbon monoxide poisoning if:

  • Other people in your house, flat or workplace fall ill with similar symptoms
  • Symptoms disappear when you leave the property and come back when you return
  • You get headaches more often when the central heating is on - such as in winter
  • Pets also become ill

You can also look out for visual evidence of carbon monoxide. These might include:

  • Black, sooty marks on the front covers of gas fires
  • Sooty or yellow/brown stains on or around boilers, stoves or fires
  • Smoke building up in rooms (due to a faulty flue)
  • Gas appliances giving out yellow flames instead of blue ones

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning you should switch off appliances immediately and seek medical attention.

Contact us today to find out more about your legal rights if you've suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.

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