If you’ve been the victim of carbon monoxide poison whilst on holidays then you may be entitled to travel accident compensation.
What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, ta
steless but poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly and without warning making it a deadly substance and a serious cause of accidents on holiday. When carbon monoxide enters the body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs. The HSE estimates that carbon monoxide poisoning kills as many 11 Britons each year.
How can I tell if I’m suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning?
Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to many common ailments and may easily be confused with food poisoning, viral infections, flu or simply fatigue. If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms then you should urgently consider contacting a doctor:
- headaches or dizziness
- loss of consciousness
- pains in the chest or stomach
- erratic behaviour
- visual problems
So is it only possible to detect a carbon monoxide leak after I become ill?
As stated, carbon monoxide is a deadly killer being undetectable by most human senses. However, you may notice carbon monoxide leakage if there are any yellow/brown stains or soot around any appliances which may emit carbon dioxide. Another sign of the presence of carbon monoxide is an increased presence of condensation inside windows.
I believe that there may be a carbon monoxide leak in my hotel. Who should I contact?
If you believe there to be a carbon monoxide leak in your hotel room then it is imperative that you report this immediately to your hotel management. Any leak of carbon monoxide can be deadly for you or for your family. Your hotel is under a legal obligation to adhere to rigorous safety standards and adequately maintain all heating devices which may emit carbon monoxide.
If you have suffered from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning whilst on holiday then you may eligible for a travel accident claim. Accident Advice Helpline is here to help. With over a decade of experience in providing compensation, our professional and friendly advisers are here to help. You can contact us on our freephone number. Our lines are open 24/7 and you are under no obligation to proceed with any claim. Alternatively you can find out in 30 seconds or less online at Accident Advice Helpline’s website whether or not you may be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: November 26, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Holiday accident claims