Dangers of CO Poisoning
Whether at home or in the workplace, it’s important that your health is not put at risk. These are the places where you live, raise your family, and spend a lot of your time. Yet many people still don’t know the risks and associated health related troubles that they can be exposed to in their homes and at work.
Poorly maintained gas appliances, inadequate ventilation, and even if heating appliances go left unchecked – you could be suffering from continued exposure to Carbon Monoxide (CO).
This can lead to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – at best you might feel nauseous, at worst; it could be potentially fatal.
Whilst it is important to vigilant, your landlord or employer could be at fault; as it is their responsibility to maintain gas appliances to the appropriate standard.
What Should You Look For?
The reason CO is called the ‘silent killer’ is due to its colourless, odourless, and tasteless nature. You might not be able to see it, but there will be some red flags for you to look out for.
The earliest signs of gas leaks are:
- Scorched (black or brown) areas on appliances
- Sooty deposits
- Flames burning yellow rather than blue
- More condensation on windows than usual
What Are The Effects?
Medically speaking, the effects of CO Poisoning vary depending on the amount of gas that you have inhaled:
- At a low level: you will feel nauseous, have headaches, shortness of breath, and dizziness.
- At a higher level: CO exposure over a long period can be fatal.
If you believe you have been exposed to Carbon Monoxide, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Any concerns about a gas leak should be directed to the gas emergency line on 0800 111 999.
Boiler leaks carbon monoxide into house
Mrs B moved into new accommodation provided by a local housing association. Shortly
after moving into the house, she started to experience flu-like symptoms and bouts
of fatigue, dizziness and nausea. She also started to experience problems with her
boiler and her central heating, which would often fail to come on. She contacted
the housing association who sent out an engineer. After the all clear from the engineer
Mrs B's boiler broke down again. A 2nd engineer was sent out who immediately condemned
the boiler and turned off the gas supply to the property, indicating that the flue
pipe had been blocked and had been leaking carbon monoxide. Following this news,
she consulted her GP who advised her following a blood test that they had found
dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in her bloodstream and that she was lucky to
Mrs B contacted Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors who have pursued a personal injury
claim on her behalf. The housing association quickly admitted they were at fault
and a settlement of the carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claim was achieved.
What Case Have I Got?
Just like in the case of Mrs. B, your case could mean compensation. Here at Simpson Millar, our Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Compensation lawyers are extremely well equipped to help you make your claim – and can advise you accordingly.
There are numerous things you can make a claim for, including
personal injury, time taken off work, ongoing health problems, and repairs costs.
Each case is of course, different; but there are a few things you can do to help us to make your case as efficiently and strongly as possible:
- If possible, a blood test should be carried out as soon as exposure has stopped. This may not always be a viable option, and is not essential as CO leaves the bloodstream very quickly, but can be very useful.
- Any details about the appliances in your home or workplace that have caused the poisoning – photographs of scorch or soot marks, details of repairs carried out, service history, and any details of the people or companies that have carried out this work.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
All of our work is carried out on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis, and if the liability is not disputed, you can expect a resolution in 12-18 months.
If you’re concerned about Carbon Monoxide poisoning, call our team to get honest and simple advice about your next steps directly on 0808 129 3320.
Alternatively, just fill in our no obligation, online enquiry form, and we will call you back.