Unsafe gas appliances can produce a highly poisonous gas called carbon monoxide (CM) which can cause serious long term ill health, and in severe cases, brain damage or even death.
CM is a highly poisonous substance produced when there is incomplete burning of gas and liquid petroleum gas. Because CM is a colourless gas, and odourless, it can kill without anyone realising there was a problem. When CM is breathed in, it enters your blood stream, preventing the red blood cells from carrying oxygen; without oxygen, body tissue and cells will die.
The health signs to look out for are:-
g Speech difficulties
h. And of course, any collapse/loss of consciousness
Quite often the most at risk are new tenants in properties where they are unfamiliar with the appliances, as, more often than not, the responsibility of maintaining the gas appliances is down to the Landlord. Tenants may not realise that appliances should be inspected and receive a gas safe certificate annually, but, not all landlords make the required checks.
Such checks can only be carried out by certified ‘Gas Safe’ engineers/plumbers (formerly known as CORGI registered engineers), and they will usually leave a sticker on the appliance to show that it has been checked. Perhaps due to language problems, or due to fear of upsetting the landlord, tenants will not raise questions about checks on the appliances in the property – and sometimes the results can be catastrophic.
Knowing the danger signs can often mean the difference between life or death. Quite often CM symptoms are similar to flu, food poisoning, viral infections and simply tiredness. That’s why a lot of the time, it is missed – especially in cases of slow, chronic poisoning. Even very low levels of CM poisoning can have a significant effect , on such as cognitive functioning. The signs of lethargy and forgetfulness can be mistaken for other causes and misdiagnosed.
If you have been affected by CM poisoning, we can help you recover damages for the injuries you have suffered and for any future effects. The cost of removals can be claimed if you have had to move to alternative accommodation, as well as loss of earnings, the cost of care provided by family and friends, and the cost of private medical treatment if necessary.
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