12 Feb Electrocution compensation claims
The most frequent cause of electrocution or electric shock injuries is workplace accidents. Working with electricity can be dangerous. Sometimes, it can even be lethal. Whether you’re an electrician or working in another role, if you have been injured by an electric shock in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation. Electrocution compensation claims usually fall into the category of workplace accident claims.
If you believe your injuries were caused by the negligence of a third party, contact Ferrys Personal Injury Solicitors to find out more.
Injuries caused by electrocution
When part of your body comes into contact with an electrical energy source, the current will pass through you. This can cause various injuries, such as:
- Electrical burns
- Nerve damage
- Muscle damage
- Tissue damage
- Neurological damage – which can lead to permanent seizure disorder, depression, anxiety and personality changes
- Arrhythmic complications, such as ventricular fibrillation and asystole
The severity of injuries will depend on the energy source’s voltage, current type (AC or DC) and the pathway it takes through your body. If you fall after receiving an electric shock, this can also cause injury.
In extreme circumstances, electrocution can lead to an untimely death. In these unfortunate cases, family members may want to make a fatal injury claim.
Can I make a claim?
To be entitled to make electrocution compensation claims, two things are necessary:
- You must have sustained an injury
- A third party must be negligent for causing your injuries
Who is liable for my injuries?
Proving negligence in workplace accident claims can be difficult, but if you can show that your injury was caused by a lack of care on the part of your employer, you may receive compensation.
Employers have a duty of care to their employees and are obliged to:
- Provide a safe work environment
- Provide adequate training and supervision
- Provide protective clothing where necessary
- Follow health and safety regulations
- Carry out regular risk assessments to identify and remove potential hazards
If an employer fails to meet their obligations and this leads to a workplace accident, the injured party should talk to a solicitor about electrocution compensation claims.
However, in circumstances where you are at fault for your own injuries, you might not be entitled to make a claim. For example, if you didn’t wear the protective clothing provided by your employer, you may have acted negligently. Even if your employer is also at fault, this will hurt any electrocution compensation claims made and reduce any redress given to you.
In some cases, the occupier of a building may be liable for your injuries if safeguards were not in place to prevent an accident.
Contact the experts in electrocution compensation claims today
If you have been injured and want to pursue a personal injury claim, contact Ferrys Personal Injury and Accident Solicitors. Our expert team will help you identify who is liable for your injuries and advise you on your case. Get in touch today.