Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas, colourless, tasteless, odourless and initially non-irritating, making it very difficult to detect. Carbon monoxide is most likely to be detected in industrial or domestic settings. Examples of products that may produce it are:
- Older motor vehicles
- Gasoline-powered tools
- Cooking equipment
Carbon monoxide symptoms vary depending on the severity of poisoning. Mild carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms are:
- Flu like symptoms
Larger exposures to carbon monoxide could result in:
- Problems with the central nervous system
- Heart problems
In some cases serve exposure to carbon monoxide could even lead to death.
As soon as the person is removed from the infected environment they may require CPR, as often the patient may have stopped breathing. The most effective treatments should be administrated while unsafe levels of carbon monoxide are still present in the body. The risk of additional symptoms can be reduced with rapid hyperbaric oxygen therapy which involves the patient breathing pure oxygen while they are placed in a sealed chamber at a greater than normal atmospheric pressure.
Claiming for Personal Injury because of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
You may be entitled to claim compensation if you have been exposed to Carbon Monoxide if it is associated with you present or past employment but medical evidence is essential from your doctor if a claim is to be made. Speaking to a personal injury lawyer will help with any questions you have and will give you the best possible, professional advice.