Often known as “The Silent Killer”, Carbon Monoxide is a deadly substance which when breathed in can cause CO poisoning.
The danger with carbon monoxide is that it is very difficult to detect as it gives off no colour, no taste or odour. Therefore, many people could be breathing in carbon monoxide without even realising it.
When in a public building, the workplace or a rented residential home, the owner, manager or landlord of that property has a responsibility to all of the people within that building to prevent harm from coming to them. Therefore, if you or a member of your family have suffered as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning which was not their fault then you may have the right to make a personal injury claim in Stourport on Severn.
What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
As has already been stated, carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide is breathed in. As the UK’s leading cause of poisoning cases, CO poisoning is known to contribute to up to 50 deaths in the UK every year.
Carbon monoxide is an unnatural gas which is often produced by the inefficient burning of fuel. When the burning process does not have enough oxygen the burnt fuel is unable to turn into carbon dioxide as would normally happen and instead turns into carbon monoxide.
Although it was initially used as a method by which to commit suicide through the exhaust fumes from a running motor, one of the now more common ways to contract CO poisoning is through a faulty boiler or gas appliance.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
The biggest problem, as has already been noted, is that CO fumes are odourless, tasteless and colourless. Therefore, many people only know that there is a problem when they start to experience symptoms. Because many of the symptoms can easily be those of other problems, they can often be ignored
These common symptoms may include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Confusion and/or hallucinations
In order to treat the symptoms of poisoning, doctors recommend treatment with 100% oxygen in order to remove the CO from the bloodstream altogether. However, successful treatment depends on finding the source of the problem soon enough for treatment to be sought. In many cases, the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning are fatal.
Simple solutions such as CO detectors on boilers, machinery and throughout homes and workplaces could help to identify a problem before it causes any long term damage. However, in the event that inadequate measures to both combat and detect carbon monoxide are used and these measures lead to death or illness then a personal injury claim in Stourport on Severn may be sought.
Making a personal injury claim in Stourport on Severn
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Date Published: 23rd August 2013
Author: David Brown