I have to work in the boiler room at work a half an hour every day carrying out essential maintenance, however I usually feel dizzy, nauseous and I even vomit sometimes. It is not well ventilated in the room and I fear the boiler may be leaking carbon monoxide, could I make a compensation claim for carbon monoxide poisoning?
In order to successfully claim compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning you must demonstrate that your employer’s negligence is to blame for the illness you have suffered. However in this instance your first priority should be your health and that of your co-workers. If you believe the boiler is leaking carbon monoxide you must have it examined by experts, assuming they find the boiler to be faulty, you may be entitled to claim for carbon monoxide poisoning.
It is also imperative you are assessed by a doctor as it is unlikely you will successfully claim compensation if there is no record of the illness in your medical history. You should speak with other employees to investigate if they suffered any illness as a result of the leak and make a note of the incident in your employer’s ‘Accident Report Book’.
Your employer has a duty of care to all staff to ensure their working conditions are safe, this includes regular maintenance of the building and also checking that rooms are well ventilated.
Once you have recorded the injury in the ‘Accident Report Book’ you are best advised to speak with a personal injury solicitor without delay. Under the UK Statute of Limitations claimants have three years from the date of knowledge to make a claim for carbon monoxide poisoning, the date of knowledge refers to the date you first became aware of your illness. Although three years might seem like a long time, complications and disputes over elements of your claim may slow the process down.
A personal injury solicitor will be able to calculate the potential amount of compensation you may be entitled to claim for carbon monoxide poisoning and whether it is worth your while pursuing it.
If you decide to pursue your claim for compensation, they may offer to represent you under a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement, this means you will not be liable for their legal fees should the claim be unsuccessful , however you may be responsible for other costs which your personal injury solicitor can explain to you in greater detail.