Carbon monoxide (CO) is a dangerous, toxic and potentially deadly gas released when oil, gas and other fossil fuels are burnt. Carbon monoxide poisoning is often caused by appliances that are faulty or are poorly installed, maintained or ventilated.
Breathing in this odourless, tasteless and invisible gas causes carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause serious short-term and long-term health problems. If you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide due to someone else’s negligence, you’re entitled to make a carbon monoxide compensation claim.
The nature of your carbon monoxide claim will depend on the circumstances in which you were poisoned.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At Work
Many cases of carbon monoxide poisoning in Northern Ireland happen at work, particularly in workplaces with appliances that are powered by fossil fuels. Your employer has a duty of care to protect you from dangerous working conditions, which includes following health and safety laws around servicing machinery. If they failed to protect you from the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, you’re eligible to make a claim.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At Home
Carbon monoxide poisoning can also happen at home, where the cause is usually faulty or poorly maintained heating appliances or gas leaks. Landlords and the owners of rental accommodation have a legal duty to provide gas safety certificates and ensure appliances are regularly tested. Appliance manufacturers and energy suppliers also have a duty of care to ensure their products and supplies are safe. If someone failed in their duty of care to you, you can make a claim.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms
Carbon monoxide poisoning can have a serious physical and mental impact. The severity of the symptoms usually depends on the length of the exposure to carbon monoxide. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be both short term and long term:
Short Term Symptoms
Tension headache that feels tight on both sides of the head
If you suspect you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide, please seek medical attention immediately. In addition to experiencing the symptoms above, having a ‘floppy’ orange-yellow flame on an appliance, soot or yellow-brain stains around an appliance and seeing or smelling smoke are all indicators of a carbon monoxide leak.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claim Eligibility
Carbon monoxide poisoning is usually the result of somebody else’s negligence. If you’ve been poisoned by carbon monoxide, you’re entitled to make a claim.
Claiming for Yourself – Did you suffer carbon monoxide poisoning because of negligence by a landlord, employer, energy supplier or appliance manufacturer? If so, you’re entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else – Was a loved one exposed to carbon monoxide through no fault of their own? If they are aged under 18 or don’t have the mental capacity to make their own claim, you can claim for them.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claim Process
We understand that carbon monoxide poisoning was an unwanted disruption to your life. That’s why we’ve made our claims process simple and straightforward, with all the support you need at every stage.
Step 1: Contact Reid Black To get the ball rolling, get in touch. One of our experienced solicitors will offer free initial legal advice on your claim.
Step 2: Gathering Information We’ll then gather evidence to support your claim. This could be medical reports, gas safety certificates, faulty appliances — anything that helps to prove you were poisoned due to the at-fault party’s negligence.
Step 3: Medical Assessment Next, we’ll arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical professional. Carbon monoxide poisoning can have a long-term impact on your health so we need to make sure nothing has been overlooked.
Step 4: Compensation Negotiations We then negotiate with the negligent party’s insurer to secure the maximum compensation amount to which you’re entitled.
Step 5: Compensation Payout We’ll oversee the payout process, making sure that your compensation reaches you promptly.
You usually have three years from the date you became ill to make a carbon monoxide poisoning claim in Northern Ireland. Exceptions to the usual time limits include:
If you were under 18 at the time of the poisoning, you can claim up to your 21st birthday
If you or the person you’re claiming on behalf of does not have the mental capacity to make a claim, there are no time limits.
If the carbon monoxide leak or evidence of negligence only becomes apparent later, you have three years from the date you received the relevant information in which to claim.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Compensation – How Much Is My Claim Worth?
If you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide, it’s important you get the financial compensation you deserve to help you deal with the impact of carbon monoxide poisoning on your life. The money you receive — which will be split into general damages and special damages — can help you with any treatment or care you need.
General Damages Compensation
General damages compensation is the money you receive because of the pain and suffering you experienced due to carbon monoxide poisoning. It also reflects any impact on your quality of life.
The level of general damages you receive will depend on the severity of the poisoning. Below are some guideline general damages compensation amounts for typical carbon monoxide poisoning claims. They are approximate and do not include special damages.
You will also be entitled to special damages compensation. This is compensation for the financial impact of the carbon monoxide poisoning. It will cover things like loss of earnings, making changes to your home, medical expenses and care costs.
Why Choose Reid Black?
With vast experience of securing successful outcomes to similar claims since 1993, we’re perfectly placed to pursue carbon monoxide poisoning claims in Belfast and Northern Ireland. We’ll handle everything, offering expert legal advice and unwavering support every step of the way.
We’re able to settle most carbon monoxide poisoning claims without going to court. But we always keep the option of going to court open if the negligent party’s insurance company doesn’t accept liability or isn’t offering the amount of compensation you deserve.
A straightforward carbon monoxide poisoning claim can be settled in as little as six months. If the negligent party doesn’t accept responsibility or you’ve suffered very serious injuries, it could take much longer. If that’s the case, we will seek an interim payment so you don’t suffer financially while the claim is being settled.
That will depend on the circumstances. If your landlord was failing in their duty of care to you — such as by not renewing a gas safety certificate annually — you will still be able to claim. If the poisoning was caused by a problem they could not have been expected to know about and fix, you might not be able to claim. Please get in touch to discuss the specifics of your claim.
Yes, if your loved one’s death from carbon monoxide poisoning was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can make a claim and seek justice on their behalf. We will support you in every way possible during what we know is an incredibly difficult time.
Let’s start your carbon monoxide poisoning compensation claim
We’re here to provide the support you need to claim the compensation that’s rightfully yours. Get in touch today for free, no-obligation legal advice on your carbon monoxide poisoning claim.
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