Carbon Monoxide poisoning personal injury solicitors near you.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious issue and one that can cause severe injuries, even proving fatal in larger doses. Usual parties at fault for such injuries are landlords, gas engineers and hospitality owners, such as hotel owners or those renting holiday or similar temporary accommodation. If you have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of the negligence of another party, you are likely entitled to claim carbon monoxide poisoning personal injury compensation. MG Legal’s expert carbon monoxide poisoning injury solicitors are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve if you are a victim of negligence which leads you to sustain carbon monoxide poisoning injury.
What is a carbon monoxide personal injury claim?
Carbon monoxide is a harmful gas which, when inhaled, takes the place of oxygen in the bloodstream, effectively causing you to suffocate. The most common cause of carbon monoxide are gas appliances, particularly boilers, gas fires, water heaters, cookers and central heating systems. Other sources of carbon monoxide are open fires, car exhausts pain fumes and poorly ventilated non-gas fires or heaters either due to a blocked chimney or flue or because insufficient ventilation is allowed, such as having barbecue in your garage.
A carbon monoxide personal injury claim is, quite simply, a claim against any party who has been negligent in exposing you to carbon monoxide. Most often, this will be a residential landlord who has not had a boiler serviced properly, but it can also be the case where hotels or holiday homes are not properly ventilated or heating systems are not properly maintained. Exhaust fumes from cars can sometimes enter the car’s cabin if there is a malfunction and so if this fault was not picked up at a service or MOT, or if a mechanic has made an error causing exhaust fumes to enter the cabin, they could also be liable. If you are asked to work with certain types of paint in an unventilated environment, your employer could also be liable.
If you suffer adverse symptoms, which the law will define as an “injury” you are entitled to claim compensation against the negligent party. MG Legal’s specialist carbon monoxide personal injury solicitors are on hand to help you make that claim and to obtain maximum compensation, all on a no win no fee basis.
What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a sudden, dramatic exposure, or it can be a longer term, lower level exposure, both can lead to similar symptom. Much depends on the individual and their exposure. Many carbon monoxide poisoning victims are incorrectly diagnosed with ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) as carbon monoxide poisoning is difficult to detect. Carbon monoxide has been dubbed the “silent killer” as it is absolutely colourless and odourless, meaning you have no way of knowing it is present unless you test for it. Many homes now have carbon monoxide detectors, particularly near the boiler or central heating appliance.
Symptoms vary depending on the level of exposure, as a rough guide, this is what might happen at certain levels of carbon monoxide:
5ppm (parts per million in the air): Usually the maximum level in the average home
35ppm: Headaches and dizziness after around six hours.
100ppm: Slight headache after two to three hours
200ppm: Slight headache within two hours, loss of some cognitive function
400ppm: Frontal headache within a little as one hour
800ppm: Dizziness and nausea, potentially convulsing within the hour, likely unconscious within two hours
1600ppm: Serious symptoms within 20 minutes, death within a couple of hours
3200ppm: Severe symptoms within several minutes followed by death within half an hour
6400ppm: Severe symptoms within 120 seconds, convulsions and death insde twenty minutes
12,800ppm: Immediate unconsciousness and death within a few minutes.
As a rough guide, standing by your properly functioning, lit, gas stove at home might expose you to a maximum of 15ppm of carbon monoxide, which is perfectly safe as you rarely stand by a lit gas stove for more than a few minutes at any one time.
Other issues are caused by a longer term, lower level, exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning such as brain damage, memory losses, difficulty concentrating, vision loss, hearing loss, heart disease, abdominal pain, nausea not to mention damage to unborn children.
How does a claim for carbon monoxide personal injury work?
Firstly, we need you to tell us everything about who and what you think is responsible for your exposure. If you still have access to the property, device or workplace that is responsible, it is often worthwhile testing the area with a home carbon monoxide detector, something that it is recommended every home has in any event.
After this, your specialist carbon monoxide personal injury solicitor will take full details of the case and look to instruct suitable experts to assess the claim. Expert evidence from gas engineers, respiratory, toxicology and neurology specialists can all be combined to bring a compelling case against the fault party.
Once liability is established, the same medical experts can provide an opinion on how you will recover and any longer term effects, which can then be used to value your claim.
Finally, any out of pocket expenses will be assessed, whether from medical expenses, lost earnings, alternative accommodation costs or other unforeseen expenses, this will be combined with your injuries to formulate what is known as a global settlement – a sum of money that replenished any financial losses as well as a suitable award for the injuries and symptoms you have had to ensure as a result of someone else’s negligence.
How much is my carbon monoxide poisoning personal injury claim worth?
No two claims are identical, with overall awards comprising two separate elements, General and Special Damages, as described in a little detail in the section above. Special Damages are financial losses, whether in the form of additional expenditure for items such as medication or travel expenses or monies you lose out on such as lost earnings. These are calculated based either on receipts or invoices or evidence of past income in the case of earnings.
General Damages are your “personal injury compensation”, the monies that you are paid by the negligent party to compensate you for the period of illness and subsequent recovery. This can, again, vary from case to case dependent upon the severity of the illness, the length of time it takes to recover and the overall effect upon your life. General Damages are based on the content of an expert medical report compiled by a doctor, in these cases often a toxicologist or neurologist. The report is then compared with the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines (JSB), a regularly updated book based on recent awards by the Court for all conceivably types of injury. The JSB is to be found on the desk or in the briefcase of every Solicitor, Barrister and Judge who deals with personal injury.
Because of the wide ranging nature of carbon monoxide symptoms, it is difficult to detail particular “brackets” as the JSB general categorises illness and injury. Some potential awards are detailed below:
Brain injury due to exposure, leaving poor concentration and memory which can interfere with working and lifestyle can attract awards of up to £40,410.00.
Should you make a better recovery to your pre-incident state over a couple of years but still have a significant period of confusion, concentration and memory loss problems, your award might be as much as £11,980.00
For recovery from headaches and general confusion or memory and concentration issues, within a few weeks, your award is likely to be around £2070.00. So, even for symptoms which last only a few weeks, you are still entitled to a significant sum in compensation. Again, to make it clear, these awards are purely for your personal injury and do not take into account your Special Damages (financial losses).
How do I start my claim?
Simple get in touch with MG Legal by phone, email or web-contact form and we will make sure you speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor straight away. We don’t operate via agents or a call centres and so, when you contact us, you speak directly to people who will be involved in your case. We have tailor-made claim forms for every type of case to keep paperwork to a minimum and to ensure that from the start, we have the information we need from you. We will have a clear, concise Client Care Letter sent out to you, setting out the claim and how we will run it so that you know exactly what to expect. We work hard for each client and because we work on a Conditional Fee (no win no fee) agreement, we ensure that every case that can be, is successful and our success rate of over 99% speaks for itself. Contact MG Legal, specialist carbon monoxide poisoning personal injury solicitors today and we will get the ball rolling straight away.