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Electrocutions and Electric Shock Compensation Claims

Our main source of energy in the modern world is electricity so it is not surprising that even in a domestic arena, everyone living in the UK today is at risk of electric shock or electrocution. As an employee, your employer should protect you against unnecessary accidents by facilitating risk assessments, ensuring protective safeguards are in place and all the workforce are trained to minimum standards.

If you have suffered injury through an electric shock in the workplace or a loved one has died following electrocution – and you believe your employer was negligent - you have a right to make a claim for compensation.

How electric shocks and electrocutions happen at work

You may be using electricity in your everyday work such as lights, computers, kettles and printers etc. or you may be using machinery to carry out your job role. Either way it is up to your employer to ensure your electricity supply attains minimum safety standards, that structural supply is maintained, monitored and repaired on a regular basis, and that appropriate training is given to employees to work with specific electric tools. A failure to ensure safeguards could lead to faulty wiring, overloaded sockets, water penetration and badly maintained electrical equipment. Workers drilling into walls or digging underground are also at risk from electric shocks if they hit hidden cables.

Effects of an electric shock in the workplace

  • One of the most obvious effects of a powerful electric shock is burns. Not only can burns cause long term physical issues but they can also cause great emotional stress.
  • Electric shocks can cause spasms which ultimately can lead to broken bones or dislocated joints.
  • A powerful shock can throw you backwards and hence, you can suffer further injuries from the fall.
  • An electric shock can cause loss of consciousness or stop the heart beating.
  • Death by electric shock is called electrocution.

Making a claim for electric shock or electrocution in the workplace

If you feel you have suffered an electric shock while at work you can make a claim for compensation. This money can help you with any period where you may have had to be away from work and not received wages, had to pay for care and medication and associated costs due to the incident. It may also help prevent another incident occurring if health and safety measures are tightened.

Even though employers have to ensure health and safety regulations are adhered to, they are aware accidents will occur in the workplace and so use Employer Liability Insurance to cover compensation costs.

How we can help you claim compensation

At Workplace Accident Helpline our professional consultants specialise in helping people claim for accidents, illnesses or diseases which originate in the workplace. We guide you through the whole process on a no win-no fee basis. We will match the needs of your case and personal preferences with our panel of solicitors who are pre-screened experts in this type of claim. To make an enquiry simply fill in our compensation claim form or call us on 0800 327 7919

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