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Electric Shock Injury Claims
Faulty or defective equipment in the workplace lead to hundreds of electric shock accidents every year.
People who work in the following professions are at a higher risk of suffering an electric shock:
- Construction workers
- Catering staff
- Theatre production staff
For a free initial assessment of your case, call us on 0344 854 7000 or submit your details below and we will call you back to discuss further.
What are the symptoms of an electric shock injury?
The symptoms of an electric shock injury differ depending on the voltage of electricity involved and the length of time that the electric current is flowing. An electric shock can cause:
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Cardiac arrest
- Muscle spasms
- Fractures, broken bones and dislocated joints – which can be caused by aggressive muscle spasms and the force of the shock throwing a person into other objects.
In worst case scenarios death can be the outcome of a severe electric shock – otherwise known as electrocution.
How do I prove that my employer is responsible for causing my electric shock injury?
In order to prove that your employer’s negligence led to your accident and injuries it must be possible for your solicitor to collect evidence to build a case against them. This includes:
- Being able to prove that a duty of care was breached.
- Being able to prove that the duty of care directly led to the accident and consequent injuries.
There are several pieces of legislation in place to protect employees in the workplace including:
- Electricity at Work Regulations 1998: This sets out guidelines for training employees who are required to work with electricity. It sets out recommended procedures for conducting risk assessments which involve electrical equipment and what measures are needed to cover live wires.
- Provision and Use of Work Regulations (PUWER) 1998: This relates to equipment used in the workplace. The regulations state that equipment must be suitable for the intended use, maintained to a good standard and should only be used by people who have been trained to use it properly.
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: This sets out a wide range of duties that employers must meet to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees, clients, contractors and visitors to the premises of the business.
If your employer is found to be in breach of any of the above your solicitor can use this as evidence against them when building your case.
Your solicitor will also collect the following evidence to help prove that your employer was negligent:
- Witness reports from the scene of the accident.
- The report in the company accident book.
- Photos and video evidence from the scene of the accident.
- Medical records and the findings from an independent medical assessment.
Reports from independent health and safety experts.
How much is an electric shock injury claim worth?
It is not possible to put an exact number on the amount of compensation that you could expect for an electric shock injury. Claims are calculated based on a number of different factors including:
- The seriousness of the injuries sustained.
- The individual’s loss of earnings.
- The rehabilitation treatment required.
- If care and assistance will be needed on an on-going basis.
- If home and vehicle adaptations need to be made.
- The individual’s ability to work in the same capacity in the future.
Use our compensation calculator to get an idea of what your physical injuries could be worth.
Is there a time limit to making a claim?
You need to make your claim within three years from the date of your electric shock injury. The sooner you seek legal advice following the accident the better, as information will be fresh to mind.
Can I make a No Win, No Fee claim?
Our electric shock injury solicitors will handle your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation amount that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries due to an electric shock accident, contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice. Alternatively you can submit a free, no obligation enquiry via the form on our website.