Man to seek compensation following carbon monoxide poisoning?
A man who contracted carbon monoxide poisoning over the festive period may be eligible for a personal injury compensation settlement for his ordeal depending on the cause of his illness.
According to Lisburn Today, Dougie Durrant, who is 52 years old, began to suffer from the potentially lethal ailment - which reduces the blood's capacity to carry oxygen - in the early hours of December 25th 2010 and his family raised the alarm to medical experts because his "strange behaviour" made it seem as if he was suffering from a stroke or heart attack.
However, after treatment - which lasted around 24 hours after being taken into hospital at around 15:00 BST on Christmas Day - it was found that Mr Durrant had abnormally high levels of the substance in his bloodstream and may have been as little as 30 minutes away from death.
Mr Durrant explained that he was having trouble sleeping on Christmas Eve so went downstairs to his living room, where he put his gas fire on.
The news source concluded that experts are now checking the appliance to see whether or not it is faulty.