Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Compensation Claims
Carbon monoxide has no colour or odour so it is very hard for a company to detect and they are unlikely to manage the problem until their employees are suffering from health problems. Companies, where carbon monoxide is likely to occur in the production process, should have plans in place such as a CO detector to test for carbon monoxide levels so they can reduce it to a level where their employee’s health is not at risk.
There are many people in the world who suffer carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning at least to some extent. Those in rented houses or industries that use carbon-based fuels are even more exposed to such poisoning which is always very difficult to establish. Many people fail to make carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claims, thereby suffering the treatment and recovery burdens alone.
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CO is a colourless odourless gas that results from incomplete combustion of carbon due to insufficient oxygen. The effects are always slim and not easily identifiable mainly because the gas cannot be seen or smelled which is why it is referred to as a silent killer. If the attacks of CO happen at night during sleep, it is less likely that the person will wake and they may die. Nevertheless, low concentrations will not kill the victims but may cause mild effects and body malfunctions.
There are three major conditions through which carbon monoxide can be encountered. The first is through gas appliances within rented accommodations. The housing associations and landlords are therefore required to conduct regular inspection and maintenance of gas appliances such as boilers, heaters, cookers, gas fires among others. The second situation is in workplaces through equipment that utilise gas. Regular maintenance is similarly required and carbon monoxide detectors should also be fitted. The third situation happens in garages where CO is produced from car exhaust. Exposure to such emissions in enclosed areas may lead to CO poisoning. Fortunately, carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claims can be made immediately symptoms have been diagnosed and confirmed.
Although it is impossible to detect CO presence without the help of detecting devices, the symptoms are easy to tell. There are various signs and symptoms as well as side effects associated with carbon monoxide poisoning. This is because CO mixes with haemoglobin in the blood thereby reducing oxygen supply to tissues and cells. The results are therefore prompt in high concentration exposure. Some of the symptoms of CO poisoning include:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Abdominal pains and sickness
- Feeling of confusion
- Clumsiness and loss of accurate coordination
- Shortness of breath
- Late symptoms common to persons over the age of 40 include neuropsychiatric elements such as mutism, apathy, irritability, personality change, disorientation among others.
- Severe side effects include brain damage, psychological injuries, depression and heart conditions
- The above symptoms should call for an immediate search for diagnosis services in order to establish the extent of the injury suffered and initiate treatment.
Carbon monoxide diagnosis is very tricky. Tests done may come out negative merely because you moved away from the source. Suspicion of CO poisoning should, therefore, be directed to careful and accurate diagnosis to establish any trace of the gas within the blood. The first thing to do is exit the place with CO exposure turning off the source if possible. This should be able to relieve the patient through more exposure to oxygen. The most common diagnosis is a blood test. If the tests indicate positive results, treatment will involve 100% oxygen administration into the body to extract the CO by converting it to carbon dioxide which is then transported to the lungs and out of the body through breathing. When CO poisoning is identified, claims should be immediately filled and sought.
Common symptoms that are likely to appear with CO poisoning are:
- Chest pain
Have you formed any of these symptoms recently where you feel it could be related to your place of work? If so then you need to seek medical advice as soon as possible, so your health is not reduced anymore and your employer is made aware that CO poisoning appears in the workplace. Also, you may be entitled to compensation. This is where our professional solicitor’s team can listen to your case and take care of your claim in a professional manner that suits you with the aim of receiving the compensation you are entitled to.
Making a carbon monoxide poisoning claims has always proved to be tricky partly because most cases are often associated with self-negligence. This does not, however, mean that there are no successful claims. With diagnosis reports from expert professional companies and solicitor services from experienced companies like those found in Manchester, London, receiving full reimbursements is possible. There are two major factors needed to successfully receive poisoning payments namely proof and evidence. There should be proof that the factors that led to poisoning were as a result of someone else’s negligence whether landlords or employer. The evidence required include diagnosis reports from licensed health practitioners and transaction receipts that indicate the losses incurred. Claims are made under personal injuries and this should be done immediately after diagnosis. This will reduce the chances of guilty parties correcting their negligence and destroying the evidence. The best way to make a claim is through solicitors who are professionals in such cases.
The amount to be compensated depends on the severity of the injuries sustained including related psychological effects and loss of earnings due to missed work time. For short term side effects without associated residual symptoms, one can receive up to £3,500. More serious symptoms that include lung damage can receive between £3,500 and £8,300 according to successful cases in Manchester.
There are many companies that offer soliciting services to victims who have suffered poisoning. Getting a solicitor may be difficult for those who have never been involved in such experiences. However, there exist many platforms for finding solicitors which include references from family lawyers or friends who have had past experiences with CO poisoning. Others are through referral websites and previous clients who have used the services of a solicitor.
The best plan to go for once a solicitor has been chosen is the No-Win-No-Fee (NWNF). This requires no initial payments to the solicitor until the case is won. Usually, the solicitor handles legal representation in court proceedings and makes payment agreements with the guilty party. If the case does not go through and no compensation is given, the NWNF policy applies and nothing is paid to the solicitor. However, if the case is successful, a small service fee will be charged, although the larger percentage will be given to the CO poisoning victim.
When one suffers CO poisoning, the first thing is to seek medical attention and then secure evidence that will support compensations claims. Carbon monoxide has fatal effects and may produce later symptoms and side effects. It is therefore very important for patients to undergo comprehensive diagnosis and analysis of the situation to identify any consequential harm. Claims should be filed immediately after diagnosis through experienced solicitors preferably using a NWNF plan. Due to the adverse effects of CO, precaution should always be taken through self-maintenance of appeal for such services.
It has been known for people to become intoxicated and die from CO poisoning before they have any symptoms. Therefore, call us today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 for more information and receive possible compensation. Tylers Solicitors work on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement and are always available to answer any of your questions.