Electric Shock or Unsafe Working Environment
If you have suffered an electric shock due to an unsafe working environment, or in an inadequately protected public place, you may well have a valid claim for compensation. Smith Jones Solicitors have been providing legal representation for over 29 years and have a vast amount of experience in helping clients who have been injured. Our expert team are highly skilled at handling your claim for compensation sensitively and effectively.
If you require ongoing care or treatment, we can work in conjunction with medical professionals to ensure that you get the help you need to put your life back on track. We can assist you in making a claim for your lost earnings if you need time off work. In addition, if you have incurred any other expenses due to your injuries, such as prescription charges or travel costs, we can also assist in reclaiming those sums so that you’re not left out of pocket.
If you think you’re eligible to make a compensation claim regarding a non-fault electrical shock accident, you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 195 9590. Our expert team can offer you the expert advice you need. Alternatively, you can submit an enquiry online and we will phone you back to discuss the options that are available to you. We are here to help you with your claim with the professionalism you deserve.
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FAQ About Electric Shock or Unsafe Working Environment
WHAT IS AN 'UNSAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT ELECTRIC SHOCK'?
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act Regulation 1999, your employer has a duty to maintain a safe environment for their employees at all times. There are 1000s of cases each year involving people being injured by electricity due to negligence in a workplace environment or in a public place.
If you make direct contact with an electrical current the consequences can be deadly. You may suffer a cardiac arrest, internal damage to your organs and nerves and thermal burns on your skin which may require extensive reconstructive surgery. Some of the common causes of electric shock in the workplace include:
- Electrical appliances which are not earthed
- Underground working or drilling near hidden electrical wiring
- Operation of machinery which has not been placed on an insulating mat
- Lack of provision of protective equipment or clothing, for example, rubber-soled shoes
- Failure to carry out a health and safety risk assessment when working with flammable substances
- Inadequately maintained electric appliances with exposed wiring
- Insufficient training in health and safety for your job role
- Plug sockets located close to sources of water
- Plug sockets which are overloaded
- Construction workers installing or working on electrics
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party such as an employer, you have strong grounds for making a compensation claim.
TYPES OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK INJURIES
There are several types of injury which are connected with receiving an electric shock. These include:
- Burns – electrical shocks can cause thermal burns due to arc flash and blast or electric burns
- Falls – this type of injury can occur when, for instance, an electrician is working on a task such as wiring which requires the use of a ladder. If they receive an electric shock, they may fall off the ladder and hurt themselves, or even be propelled from the ladder due to the strength of the current
- Electric shocks – this type of injury is the side effect of having electricity running through the body. Most sufferers experience this in their extremities, although it can cause extreme damage to your internal organs.
- Electrocution – many people who receive this type of shock die as a result of their injuries
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ELECTRIC SHOCK?
There are several symptoms which can arise following an electric shock. Their severity depends on the strength and type of voltage and the period of time during which you were in contact with the current.
Symptoms may include:
- Thermal burns
- Electrical burns
- Muscle spasms
- Breathing problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Cardiac arrest
- Damage to the nervous system
- Tingling or numbness
ELECTRIC SHOCKS AT WORK
Many people think that since their electric shock occurred at work, they are not able to claim any compensation. This is not the case. The Health and Safety Act 1974 requires all employers to be liable for the welfare and safety of their workers, and there are a number of regulations which must be adhered to:
- The PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) at Work Regulation 1992 demands that employers ensure that all protective equipment used by employees is suitable and acceptable for the task
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work regulation of 1999 demands that employers maintain a safe working environment for employees
- The Electricity at Work regulation of 1989 demands that employers must give relevant health & safety training to all employees. As part of this regulation, there are guidelines on safely dealing with live wires and on the assessment of electrical equipment’s safety
If your employer has failed to comply with these regulations you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
There are many jobs in which an electric shock can be sustained including:
- Building site claims
- Factory Workers
- Office Workers
There are many other elements which put workers at risk of electric shock including:
- Carrying out repairs to faulty wiring
- Receiving inadequate training in the operation of equipment
- Operation of equipment which has been poorly maintained
- Unqualified electricians who lack the adequate training to complete tasks safely
STARTING YOUR CLAIM
If you have suffered an electric shock which wasn’t your fault, you may well be able to claim compensation in respect of the accident. Smith Jones can arrange a consultation free of charge in order to determine the circumstances surrounding your accident and the way in which the shock occurred. We can then use this information to identify whether you have a valid compensation claim and may be able to offer to take your case on a no win no fee basis.
WHAT CAN I CLAIM FOR?
There are many kinds of compensation which can be claimed for following an electric shock accident. Here are some of the injuries which you may be able to claim for:
- Electric or thermal burns
- Irregular heartbeat
- Bone fractures caused by severe muscle spasms
- Organ failure
When making a claim for compensation in respect of an electric shock accident, the following factors will be taken into account when determining the amount that you may be entitled to receive:
- Ongoing care – if you require help to carry out household tasks because you are unable to adequately care for yourself after your accident, you can claim for any costs incurred.
- Lost earnings – if you have had to take time off work due to your injury you can claim for any lost pay incurred. You can also claim for projected loss of earnings if you are unable to return to work for an extended period, or are never able to work again due to your injury. The amount claimed in this respect may include any commission, bonuses or benefits you would have received
- Travel & medical costs – if you have had to pay for taxis or any other transport to obtain medical treatment or to attend ongoing therapy, you can claim for the costs of this. This also includes any costs relating to travel in order to pursue the claim for compensation.
HOW MUCH COMPENSATION FOR AN ELECTRIC SHOCK?
The amount of compensation you can claim for an electric shock accident at work or in a public place will depend on how severe your injury is. It will also depend on how long-lasting the effects are likely to be.
The Judicial College has laid down guidelines as to the amount of compensation which can be expected, and these will be adhered to during the awarding of any claim. It goes without saying that the more severe your injury, the more compensation you will receive. Family members may be able to submit a claim in respect of a loved one who has sadly died as a result of an electric shock injury.
WHY CONTACT SMITH JONES?
Accredited by The Law Society, our team at Smith Jones Solicitors includes highly qualified and experienced personal injury solicitors, ready and waiting to get you the compensation you deserve. We have successfully represented many injured clients who have been injured due to an unsafe working environment or public place.
Thanks to our expertise and commitment to our clients, we can offer you the support and help you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. Whether you or a loved one are suffering from injuries due to an electric shock, we’re here for you. As we fund many of our compensation claims on a no win no fee basis, there’s no financial risk to you.¹³