Electric Shock Work Injury Claim
Electrocution Injury Claims Compensation
Injury compensation awards are usually calculated by assessing the severity of your injuries and loss of amenity, however can be significantly higher if your recovery is expected to take longer.
The following provide an idea of how much your electric shock work injury claim might be worth based on awards for common injuries:
- Moderate burns or scalding to the hands: £8,700 – £11,250*
- Loss of use of one hand (caused by second or third degree burns): from £36,000*
- Injury to muscles or ligaments in the back (from being thrown backwards): up to £18,250*
- Burns or lacerations to the hands/ arms causing altered sensation: up to £15,550*
- Traumatic injury to heart causing lasting, permanent damage: £66,000 – £98,000*
The primary compensation awards for electrocution injury claims are based on physical and psychological suffering, however there is also a strong possibility you’ll qualify for special damages commensurate with personal financial loss. Your work injury solicitor will help you to determine a figure based on expenses, losses and costs incurred because of your accident.
Have you suffered an electric shock due to faulty equipment or live and exposed wiring at your place of work? If you’ve suffered injury because your employer failed in their duty of care to you as an employee, this is tantamount to negligence and may provide grounds for an electric shock work injury claim.
The risk of electrocution may seem like an obvious hazard in work environments such as construction sites, however a considerable number of electrocution injury claims are brought by workers injured in other less high-risk work environments. These include places such as offices, schools and hospitals. By law, any organisation that provides equipment for use by employees must ensure it is tested on a regular basis and conforms to EU safety standards. Your employer must also maintain a safe working environment and where necessary, arrange immediate replacement/ removal of any faulty equipment or wiring deemed hazardous to the safety of employees. Where urgent maintenance work is being carried out, the supply of electricity to that particular area should be disconnected. In the rare case this isn’t possible, there should be adequate signage in place to warn of potential danger.
To find out whether you meet our basic criteria for an electric shock injury claim, arrange a free consultation with one of our legal specialists using the online form provided.
Common Injuries Associated With Electric Shock
Electric shocks can cause a wide variety of debilitating injuries, yet the severity is largely dependent upon how long your body was subjected to the force of an electrical current. If you’re fortunate, you may suffer little more than minor burns and painful muscle spasms, however, there is potential for broken bones if you were working at height, as well as serious damage to major organs if the voltage was particularly high.
Shock caused by faulty electrical appliances are generally minor, resulting in little more than first or second degree burns or lacerations. Even so, it is imperative you seek medical attention as soon as you are able to rule out the possibility of nerve damage or altered sensation.
Causes of Electrocution in the Workplace
From overloaded sockets and faulty electrical equipment to poor standards of safety management, there are a plenitude of hazards overlooked in office environments that result in electric shock injuries. Workers on construction sites are particularly susceptible to this type of injury due to underground cables and the nature of equipment used. If you work on a construction site or in a factory, your employer is legally bound to provide adequate training, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and clothing to protect you from injury. This might also extend to the provision of rubber gloves if you are working near or with high voltage currents. If your employer fails to honour this obligation and you suffer injury as a result, you could bring an electric shock work injury claim against the company for negligence.
Have you suffered injury as a result of an electric shock at work? If you believe your employer has failed in their duty of care, our accomplished work injury solicitors can help you to file an electric shock injury claim for compensation. Our no win no fee guarantee means that you’ll never pay a penny in legal costs, and if your claim is successful, you get to keep 100% of any compensation recovered.
For immediate advice concerning your right to compensation, contact our friendly work injury solicitors today. We’ll ensure you receive only the best support from knowledgeable liability specialists and help you understand your rights before you decide to proceed with an electrocution injury claim.