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Claiming Compensation For Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted on Friday 17th October 2014 by Adrian Cormack

If you have been suffering from ‘flu-like symptoms then you are not alone. It’s that time of year – the sneezing season that inevitably follows the kids’ return to school.Adrian Cormack - Partner, Coles Miller

But what if the cause were something more sinister…such as carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide is often called the ‘silent killer’. High levels of poisoning can lead to unconsciousness, brain damage and death.

But less well known are the symptoms caused by lower levels of poisoning: headaches, nausea, dizziness, tiredness, confusion, stomach pain, shortness of breath.

All of these can easily be attributed to lots of other causes – which is why low-level carbon monoxide poisoning caused by faulty gas appliances can take so long to diagnose.

Autumn is the time to be particularly vigilant, now that boilers are being switched on again after the hot summer.

Over recent years our personal injury lawyers have seen a gradual increase in carbon monoxide compensation claims. We have helped a number of clients to claim damages.

Virtually all of the cases relate to residential property, notably rented accommodation. This is no surprise. Rising property prices are forcing more people to rent.

What is surprising is that not every landlord fits a carbon monoxide alarm or has the boiler and other gas appliances serviced properly.

Some landlords do not even bother to tell their insurers that they are letting their property to tenants.

This makes the insurer less likely to pay up.

So if you’re claiming compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning, you will need expert solicitors who will not take ‘no’ for an answer.

For more information, call Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack, a UK Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer who is the head of our Personal Injury department, 01202 673011.

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