The Silent Killer
It is a sad fact that unfortunately dozens of people are killed each year within the United Kingdom as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas which, when inhaled, can cause death within a short space of time. It is exceptionally dangerous because it cannot be seen, and you cannot smell it. This is why it is often known as the silent killer.
If you have been injured as a result of carbon monoxide, or have lost a loved one as a result of this terrible situation, then you should contact our injury lawyer in Hexham to find out how to make a compensation claim for your injuries.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be difficult to spot at first because they are very similar to many of the symptoms associated with flu, for example:
- Nausea and/or sickness
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of coordination
- Abdominal pain
Prolonged or heavy exposure can result in collapse, leading to coma, and if untreated and the victim is still being subjected to the carbon monoxide, this can ultimately lead to death.
To find out more about carbon monoxide poisoning and the best way to make a claim, speak to an injury claim lawyer in Hexham or a national firm like Accident Advice Helpline.
What to do if you suspect poisoning
If you are concerned about any of the appliances in your home then you should seek medical advice and immediately turn of the source of the gas supply. Get the appliance you are concerned about checked out by a professional and retain all documentation associated with the test as evidence.
An injury claim lawyer in Hexham or Accident Advice Helpline
Although we do not have an injury claim lawyer in Hexham we can still represent you and your claim. This is because we are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need an injury lawyer in Hexham look no further than our expert service.
Your injury lawyer, however that may be, will first of all need access to your medical records to ascertain that carbon monoxide poisoning has occurred. They will also arrange for you to see an independent medical expert who will conduct a thorough review of your records, and speak to you in detail about your injuries and how you are feeling now.
Your injury lawyer will also need to establish who is responsible for the carbon monoxide in the first place. For example, was the poisoning caused as the result of a faulty product that you had purchased? If so, your injury lawyer will be able to make a complaint and a claim against the manufacturer.
Perhaps you recently had work completed on an appliance within your property, for example, a new boiler fitted, and this was not done correctly. Your injury lawyer will then make a claim against the gas engineer, or the associated company, for failing to do their job correctly and putting you and your family at risk.
Perhaps you live in rented accommodation and your landlord has failed to complete the required testing of all gas appliances, which would have identified a fault if necessary.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 5th December 2013
Author: David Brown