Compensation for Electric Shock at Work
Electrical accidents at work are much more common than you may think. They represent a terrible reflection upon offending UK employers who are not prioritising health and safety matters.
If you have been injured as a result of an Electric Shock at work then we hope that you find the information here useful. Why not contact us so we can answer all your questions and address any concerns?
Electric Shock at Work – Common Causes
There are a whole range of possible causes for electrical accidents at work but one of the major causes tends to be faulty electrical equipment. Whatever the cause of the injury electric shocks can and do result in the most serious of injuries.
We list below just some of the common causes for these type of accidents but the list could be very much longer still:
- Wiring that is old or faulty;
- Failing to replace fuses correctly;
- Inadequate training or incompetency;
- Failing to provide suitable safety or electrical testing equipment;
- Damaged electrical equipment such as sockets, plugs and/or cables;
- Defective tools and equipment;
- Inadvertent contact with live electrical current or parts as a consequence of failing to inadequately isolate circuits;
- Fires or explosions caused by electricity igniting materials and dangerous substances.
Who’s at Risk of Electric Shock at Work?
Many different occupations are at risk of being injured in an electrical accident including:
Construction Workers of all different types (painters, roofers, landscapers, truck drivers, carpenters etc);
Electrical Maintenance Engineers/Electricians;
Cleaning Staff or Maintenance Workers.
What Injuries can arise from Electrical Shock at Work?
Falls from Height whilst working on electrics
It’s not uncommon for electricians and other contractors to be working on ladders or at height when they sustain the electric shock.
The injuries can therefore not only involve the initial electric shock involved but there can be other serious injuries caused by the fall itself.
This type of injury arises as a result of electricity passing directly through the body causing burns.
This type of burn is usually associated with higher voltages found in commercial settings.
Internal damage to the organs and tissues is sustained by the heat which travels along the path of the current.
Electrical burns may only result in superficial surface damage to the skin. For this reason the extent of the burn can often be underestimated. More often than not there will be serious damage to the deep tissues found under the skin.
In the most serious of cases of electrical burns the electricity can place pressure on the heart. The shock can also cause damage to the brain and damage other organs. This can lead to the need for major surgery and sometimes leaving the victim with permanent disablement.
It only takes as little as 50 volts for an injury to occur from an electric shock.
The extent of the injury will be determined by a number of factors such as:
- the amount of the voltage and length of time the current flowed the body;
- exactly which parts of the body are involved;
- and whether moisture was present at the time of the shock.
Following an electric shock people can often suffer with painful muscle spasms.
The spasms can result in fractures and dislocated joints, adverse interference with the heart and they may also cause breathing difficulties.
Claiming Compensation for Electric Shock at Work
Legislation dictates that employers are all under a strict duty to ensure that all reasonable steps are put in place to provide a safe working environment.
In particular there are a number of onerous regulations which have been implemented with a view to ensuring that employers comply so that employee safety is paramount.
If employers fail to heed these regulations and as a consequence an injury is suffered then compensation should follow.
- The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations 1992 – place businesses under a duty to ensure that protective equipment being used by employees is appropriate for the type of work involved and is kept in top condition. These Regulations are also important because employers must receive training in relation to how to use the equipment provided.
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 – place businesses under a duty to complete all encompassing risk assessments of the working environment to include all equipment and machinery.
- The Electricity At Work Regulations 1998 – these regulations are clearly of major significance in the context of electrical accidents at work and exist to provide employers guidelines on how they should approach the training of employees in this context. The Regulations address the issue of dealing safely with live wires and making sure that any machinery is earthed adequately.
No Win No Fee – Our No Costs Guarantee
100% of our Electric Shock at Work claims are made on a No Win No Fee basis. If your Accident claim is unsuccessful it will not cost you anything.
It’s as simple as that!
Once we have taken all the relevant information we will be able to start your claim for electric shock at work compensation .
100% of our Electrical Shock Accidents at Work Claims are made on a No Win No Fee basis which means that you do not have to worry about any financial risk at all as if your claim is unsuccessful it will not cost you anything.
How much Compensation will I receive?
The starting point when valuing a claim is to refer to the Judicial Studies Guidelines which sets out the recommended brackets of injuries for a whole host of medical conditions.
Whilst the judicial studies guidelines are not enshrined in law they are extremely influential within the industry and used by Claimant and Defendant Solicitors, insurers, barristers as well as the Courts – effectively all parties involved in the compensation process.
In addition to compensation payable for your injuries it is also possible to claim back an amount to cover your “special damages”, in other words items of loss and expenditure which you have suffered arising out of the accident.
Make the smart choice by talking with us
- We have the experience and expertise to help you with your electric shock accident claim and we can answer any questions you may have about bringing your claim.
- We can not only help you recover compensation but can also assist you with any rehabilitation that you may need. This means you can be back on your feet as soon as possible.
- We will deal with your claim in a sensitive and sympathetic manner and will help you every step of the way.
- Get in touch with us now so can answer any questions and start progressing your claim 🙂
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