By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 23rd June 2023. This guide shows you how to make an electric shock compensation claim.
You can find answers to questions such as ‘What is the average compensation payout for an electric shock?’, ‘Can I sue for being electrocuted?’ and ‘How long could an electrocution injury last?’
We also discuss how to claim compensation for an electric shock at work and the useful role that No Win No Fee agreements play in personal injury claims.
If you have been injured by an electric shock due to an accident that was caused by the negligence of another party or your next of kin was killed by electrocution, you could be entitled to compensation.
Trust Accident Claims UK to help you make an electrocution or electric shock injury claim for compensation.
You can call today on 0800 073 8801 for your free legal consultation.
If we think you have a legitimate case for making electric shock injury compensation claims, we will provide you with the right No Win No Fee solicitor to handle your case.
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This guide has been put together for those seeking information on making an electric shock compensation claim. In general, to be eligible to claim compensation for an electric shock, you must have suffered electric injuries caused by someone’s negligent breach of a duty of care they had towards you.
This might have been an employer who would have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Furthermore, the party in control of a public space could breach the duty of care they owe under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, causing you injury.
If any such party failed to adequately ensure electrical items were safe to use, or the electric supply was safe and caused you an injury as a result, this could give you the right to launch a claim. Should someone have died of their injuries due to such negligence, eligible family members could be eligible to claim compensation too.
If you want to check whether you meet the eligibility criteria for personal injury claims, please get in touch. An advisor could provide you with free advice over the phone.
For electric shock injury compensation claims, there are four types of injuries that you could experience as the result of an electric shock. It is important to understand how these different types of electric shock injuries occur and what the consequences of these injuries are, as the average compensation for an electric shock can vary depending on the type of injury the victim receives. These are the four main types of injuries from an electric shock
- Electric shock: An electric shock happens when an electric charge runs through the body, usually entering the body through the hand or the foot. Electric shocks can cause damage to the internal organs. Even a small shock can cause extensive damage, so no matter how big or small the shock may feel it is important to undergo a medical examination as soon as possible after your electric shock injury, to see whether or not you require further medical treatment.
- Burns: There are two types of burns you can experience as a result of an electric shock. You can experience a thermal burn, from the arc flash and blast or an electric burn as the current passes through your tissues.
- Electrocution: Electrocution means death by electric shock. Unfortunately, electrocution is more common than you might think
Further signs of an electric shock injury could be an irregular pulse, cardiac arrest, or damage to the nervous system. However, even a minor electric shock can harm your internal organs. For example, if you’ve been injured by an electric shock from a plug, although the injury could be minor, it’s important that you visit a doctor right away and seek medical attention.
To find out if you are eligible to make a claim, speak to an advisor for free using the contact details found in this guide.
Whether you suffer an electrocution injury at work or get an electric shock burn in a public place, it could be wise to seek medical attention. Whether you’ve suffered a minor electric shock or a more severe injury, medical records could also be useful evidence for a potential claim.
If you intend to make a personal injury compensation claim for an electric shock, there are some steps you can take to help your case:
- See if any CCTV footage captured the accident. Plus, take photos of the incident site and your injuries if possible.
- Report the accident. If it happens at work, it should be recorded in the accident book if there is one. For electrocution accidents in public places, you could e-mail the responsible party, such as the local council.
- Collect contact details of any witnesses. They could be approached for a statement to back up your claim.
- Get legal advice. You can call us free of charge, and we’ll assess whether you could make a claim and discuss the electric shock claims process.
Unfortunately, staff working in some professions are more likely than others to experience an electric shock injury at work. Professions, where workers are more vulnerable to electric shock injuries, include electricians, construction workers, hairdressers and theatre production staff. Some key causes of electric shock injuries and electrocution at work include:
- Employers not providing adequate training to their staff when working with electricity.
- Unqualified electricians being given tasks they are not trained or qualified to perform.
- Faulty wiring that is not safe to prepare is one of the main causes of electric shocks.
Can I sue for being electrocuted at work?
Clients often ask to speak to us and say “I experienced an electric shock at work, can I sue for my injuries?” The answer is yes. Under the 1974 Health and Safety Act, your employer is liable for the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, including you. Part of this includes conducting regular risk assessments to identify possible hazards which can endanger employees, customers and other people associated with the business.
If you experienced an electric shock injury in an avoidable accident, which happened because your employer failed to identify and control an electric shock hazard, then you could have grounds to make electric shock injury compensation claims. Under the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) At Work Regulation of 1992, employers are required to provide employees with appropriate equipment to protect them from tasks. The 1989 Electricity At Work Regulations also requires employers to provide employees who work with live wires in their roles to provide appropriate training. If you experienced an electric shock at work, you can sue if it occurred because your employer failed to provide you with the right PPE or training to work safely with electricity.
Fatal Electric Shocks At Work
In the tragic event that your loved one got electrocuted at work and is now deceased, you can make an electric shock compensation claim on their behalf if you are their next of kin. Accident Claims UK can deal with all compensation claims that involve someone being electrocuted at work with the utmost compassion and sensitivity.
As well as dealing with electric shock-related accidents at work, we also help clients make electric shock injury compensation claims if they suffered an electric shock injury which was not their fault in a public place.
Consumer Protection And Electrocution Injury
According to the Consumer Protection Act of 1987, manufacturers and retailers are required by law to protect consumers by supplying electrical appliances that are safe to operate. This law applies to shops, retail stores, public libraries, hotels and restaurants and publicly owned places such as a council-run leisure centre. The law requires businesses to conduct regular risk assessments of their premises to identify possible hazards and put control measures in place to protect the public from this hazard. If they fail in their duty of care towards you the customer, which results in you experiencing an electric shock injury, then you are entitled to make an electric shock claim for compensation.
Contractors And Electric Shock Injury Claims
The same also applies to small businesses and sole traders who you may hire to work in your home. If they act negligently, causing you or a member of your family to experience an electric shock, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for an electric shock.
If you have experienced an electric shock injury in a public place, which was caused by negligence on behalf of the proprietor or manager, you could claim compensation. please call Accident Claims UK as soon as possible for your free consultation and if you have a legitimate case for compensation, we will proceed with your claim right away.
If you make a successful personal injury claim for an electric shock or burn injury, you will be awarded general damages as part of your settlement. This head of claim compensates you for the pain and suffering your electric shock injury has caused you to endure.
When valuing this head of claim, legal professionals could refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document provides compensation guidelines for various injuries. We have listed some of the figures in the 16th edition of this publication in the table below.
Please only use this table for guidance.
|Type of injury and severity
|Scarring to Other Parts of the Body
|Burns to the body. How much is awarded will depend on various factors such as the percentage of the body affected, the cosmetic impact, and the psychological impact.
|Likely to exceed £104,830
|Scarring to Other Parts of the Body
|A singular disfiguring scar to the legs, arms, back or chest, or a number of noticeable laceration scars.
|£7,830 to £22,730
|Scarring to Other Parts of the Body
|Several superficial or one noticeable scar on the legs, arms or hands with a minor cosmetic deficit.
|£2,370 to £7,830
|Very Severe Facial Scarring
|Applicable to younger claimants in their teens to early 3’s where there is a very disfiguring cosmetic effect and a severe psychological reaction.
|£29,780 to £97,330
|Less Severe Facial Scarring
|A substantial disfigurement and the psychological reaction is significant.
|£17,960 to £48,420
|Significant Facial Scarring
|The worst effects will have been reduced with plastic surgery leaving some cosmetic disability.
|£9,110 to £30,090
|Less Significant Facial Scarring
|Multiple small scars or one scar that do not markedly affect the appearance of the person.
|£3,950 to £13,740
|Trivial Facial Scarring
|There is only a minor effect.
|£1,710 to £3,530
You may also be awarded special damages as part of your settlement. Special damages compensate you for out-of-pocket expenses caused by your injury. These could include:
- Travel expenses.
- Loss of income.
- Medical expenses.
You will need to prove that these expenses resulted from your injuries. Bank statements, payslips and bills could be useful in this regard.
To discuss your potential personal injury claim and to receive free advice, you can contact our advisors.
At Accident Claims UK, we offer No Win No Fee agreements to those wanting to make electric shock injury compensation claims.
What does this mean? A No Win No Fee compensation claim (sometimes referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement) means that you will only have to pay your solicitors fees if you win your case.
If you choose to make a No Win No Fee claim you will receive the same great service as any other client but you will also benefit from not having to pay any upfront or ongoing fees. What’s more, there’s no financial risk, as you will only have to pay if you win your electric shock compensation claim.
To enquire about making electric shock injury compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis, please call us today for a free legal consultation.
If you have suffered an electric shock that wasn’t your fault or your next of kin died by electrocution due to negligence of another party, you can trust Accident Claims UK to help you with electric shock injury compensation claims. We work with excellent solicitors that specialise in electrocution and electric shock injury claims, some of which with over 30 years of experience practising law, to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
What’s more, we promise to act with integrity and in your best interests every step of the way. We handle claims for electrocution at work, electric shock burns injuries, broken bone injuries and fracture injuries caused by electric shock accidents. If you have experienced an electric shock that was due to someone else’s negligent behaviour, you should claim compensation – not just for your own sake – but to hold the guilty party to account. After all, it’s important to encourage employers or business to take responsibility for their actions, so another person doesn’t have to suffer like you had to.
If you have experienced an electric shock injury and would like to claim compensation for an electric shock, please call us today on 0800 073 8801 to speak to one of our friendly advisors. Our claims line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can receive your free telephone consultation and if you have a legitimate case for compensation, we will proceed with your electrocution and electric shock injury claim right away. We look forward to receiving your call.
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