What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, colourless, tasteless, odourless gas produced when fuels such as gas, coal or oil do not burn fully. It is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ as it is so difficult to detect.
Exposure can occur at home or in the workplace. Incorrectly installed, poorly maintained or poorly ventilated household appliances, such as cookers, heaters and central heating boilers, are the most common sources of carbon monoxide. Blocked flues and chimneys can also prevent carbon monoxide escaping, allowing it to reach dangerous levels.
After breathing in carbon monoxide, it enters your bloodstream and mixes with haemoglobin (the part of red blood cells that carry oxygen around your body). When this happens, the blood is no longer able to carry oxygen, and this lack of oxygen causes the body’s cells and tissue to die.
Symptoms from carbon monoxide poisoning can vary from headaches and nausea to death in more serious cases. A headache is the most common symptom, others can include:
Of course, exposure can occur in all domestic properties, not just those that are rented. Poorly maintained or installed appliances are the most common source.
What can I do?
As the tenant, you have a duty not to use an appliance you believe to be dangerous and to notify your landlord of any suspected problems.
If you do suffer carbon monoxide poisoning and want to make a claim for compensation, your landlord must usually have had actual notice of the defect i.e. you or a CORGI-registered inspector must have reported it to them.
Cabon Monoxide Poisoning Leak
Be vigilant for the following possible signs of a carbon monoxide leak:
If you suspect a leak, you should:
How can claiming for compensation help me?
The assessment of compensation, or damages, will depend on the duration and extent of the symptoms suffered. You are entitled to claim for any financial losses suffered as a result of your illness, including loss of earnings and the cost of medication.
NewLaw has a team of personal injury specialists, who are dedicated to getting the best results for clients that have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.
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