How much is a carbon monoxide claim worth?
Carbon monoxide poisoning claims can be worth thousands of pounds in compensation. Find out more with our 30-second claims calculator or talk to one of our friendly advisors on 0800 175 7900.
Will I have to pay to claim for carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be very unpleasant, and sometimes even fatal. So to make life a little easier, No Win No Fee compensation claims are offered to around 98% of our clients. This means you won't have to pay any money up front, and may only need to pay a fee when you win the compensation you are entitled to.
Will I have to go to court for a carbon monoxide poisoning claim?
It is possible that your case could go to court, especially if a loved one died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. However, in most cases, your lawyer will simply deal direct with the insurance company of those at fault.
What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide is a clear, odourless gas that can build up on properties where gas appliances like boilers and gas fires haven't been serviced properly, or where solid fuel stoves and fires aren't properly ventilated. In the case of mild poisonings, you might simply feel tired and sleepy, and keep getting headaches. Unfortunately, in some cases, particularly where people fall asleep, carbon monoxide poisoning can result in brain damage, or, tragically, death.
Who can claim for a fatal carbon monoxide poisoning?
Where someone has been killed due to carbon monoxide poisoning, the law allows close relatives to claim compensation for their loss and distress, as well as for the loss of income that this can lead to. The people who are allowed to make a claim include:
- Husband, wife, or civil partner: even if they have split up from the deceased
- Cohabiting partner: as long as they lived together for at least two years
- Parents, grandparents and great grandparents
- Children: including nieces, nephews, grandchildren and adopted children
- Brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles
These claims have to be started within three years of the date of death, so it is important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible, in order to make a successful carbon monoxide poisoning claim.
What can I claim for when someone has died from carbon monoxide poisoning?
If a family member or someone you depended upon has died due to carbon monoxide poisoning that was someone else's fault, you may be able to claim:
- Losses for dependency: this replaces lost income, including future pension income
- Actual losses: including funeral costs and loss of earnings
- Loss of services: this means the cost of things like childcare and DIY that the deceased used to do
Even where you didn't depend on the deceased for income, a spouse, or the parent of a minor, is usually entitled to claim a StatutoryAward for Bereavement of £12,980.
Who's to blame for carbon monoxide poisoning?
Obviously, if the poisoning occurs in a home you own, where you have never had your gas appliances serviced, you would be responsible for any carbon monoxide poisoning that occurred. But in some cases, the responsible party will be:
- A landlord: who has failed to maintain gas appliances and get carbon monoxide alarms fitted
- A plumber/gas fitter: who has serviced a fire or boiler incorrectly
If you have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning - or have lost a loved one to carbon monoxide poisoning - talk to us about starting a No Win No Fee compensation claim today. 0800 175 7900.
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