carbon monoxide poisoning claim

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Compensation Claims From Defective Heating Systems

How to claim compensation if you suffer carbon monoxide poisoning in rented or housing association accommodation.

Accident victim question

I just recently started to rent a house from a housing association which has gas central heating and noticed that I was becoming dizzy – I called an ambulance and was taken to hospital and diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning.

I have since found out that my landlord did not have an annual gas safety certificate and that the heating system had not been properly maintained – can I make a claim?

Specialist solicitor response

It is a criminal offence for a landlord not to properly maintain gas appliances and to have an annual gas safety certificate produced by a CORGI approved engineer.

At the commencement of the tenancy the housing association should have provided you with a copy of the gas safety certificate.

Carbon monoxide poisoning (also known as CO poisoning) is a very real risk to tenants if gas appliances are not proerly maintained.

Many people have been killed by carbon monoxide.

You would have a strong claim against your landlord – the housing association. The amount of compensation you can claim would depend on the severity and long term effects of your carbon monoxide poisoning.