Can I Claim After Suffering An Electric Shock Injury?
It’s hard to picture what the world would be like today if humans had never harnessed the power of electricity. The modern world relies on electricity to power most of our technology. However, there are risks to using electricity. Great care is required whilst working around electricity, as negligence can lead to electric shock injuries taking place. Every year approximately 1,000 electric shock injuries are reported to the Health and Safety Executive. Around 25 of these accidents will be a death by electric shock, which is known as electrocution.
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 relative was killed by electrocution, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for electric shock compensation. Trust Accident Claims UK to help you make an electrocution or electric shock injury claim for compensation. We are a trusted personal injury solicitor’s firm, who can provide you with a specialist solicitor who can win your electric shock compensation claim for you. Clients often ask us “How much can I claim for an electric shock?” Electric shock claim amounts can vary greatly depending on the nature of your accident and the extent of the injuries that you suffered. However, many of the compensation amounts for an electric shock that we win for our clients are in the tens of thousands of pounds or even higher, so it is well worth pursuing your claim. If you have been injured due to an electric shock injury or lost someone close due to electrocution, which was caused by an accident which was not your fault, or the fault of someone else then do not delay.
Call Accident Claims UK for your free legal consultation and if we think you have a legitimate case for claiming compensation we will provide you with the right solicitor to handle your case. We’re looking forward to receiving your call.
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- A Guide to Making an Electric Shock Injury Claim
- What Are The Symptoms Of Electric Shocks?
- What to Do If Someone Suffers An Electric Shock?
- I Suffered An Electric Shock At Work, Can I Sue?
- Can I Claim Compensation After An Electric Shock In A Public Place?
- How To Start Your Electric Shock Injury Claim
- What Can You Claim For After Suffering An Electric Shock?
- How Much Can I Claim For An Electric Shock Accident?
- No Win No Fee Electric Shock Compensation Claims
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Accident Claims UK has created this guide for people seeking to receive an electric shock settlement, to compensate them for electric shock injuries they experienced due to the provable negligence of another party. This guide will give you more information about the types of injuries an electric shock accident can cause. We will also discuss how you can make an electric shock compensation claim, discuss how you can sue for electrocution at work, an electric shock accident in the workplace or an electric shock accident that happened elsewhere. We will also advise you on the process of making an electric shock injury claim, how to find the right solicitor to help you claim personal injury compensation for an electric shock and explain how making a no win no fee electric shock injury claim will work.
If you think you might have legitimate grounds to claim for receiving compensation for an electric shock accident, call Accident Claims Today for your free consultation. We will assess whether or not you are entitled to claim compensation, let you know what electric shock claim amount you can claim based on the individual circumstances of your case and we will match you to the right personal injury solicitor to make your claim for you, who will proceed with your case right away. Contact us today to see how much compensation you could claim.
What Types Of Electric Shock Injuries Are There?
There are four types of electric shock injuries that you can 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.
- Falls: Slips, trips, and falls can occur as a result of an electric shock. For example, if an electrician is standing on a chair or step ladder to reach some wiring and they experience an electric shock, they could fall to the ground. Injuries the experience as a result of the slip, trip or fall from the electric shock could include head injuries, broken or fractured bones, or musculoskeletal injuries.
- 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.
Electric shocks often occur from faulty equipment and cause very serious injuries to the victim. Some visible symptoms of electric shock injuries include breathing difficulties, electrical burns and thermal burns (these can vary from major burns to minor burns). Severe muscle spasms can lead to broken or fractured bones, if the injured person is thrown by the electric shock. Another very serious symptom of an electric shock injury can include an inconsistent heartbeat or cardiac arrest or damage to the nervous system. As we have already stated even a small electric shock can damage your internal organs, so if you have suffered an electric shock injury, it is essential that you go to a doctor for a medical examination as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know suffered an electric shock accident at work, or elsewhere then you can take certain steps at the scene of your accident and after your accident to gather evidence to support the personal injury claim for an electric shock that you or they will make. Please be aware that the advice below is legal advice. If you or someone you know suffers an electric shock injury then your first priority should be to seek an immediate medical examination to ensure that your internal organs are not damaged.
Here are some ways you can collect evidence to support your claim:
- Take photographs of the hazard that caused the electric shock or electrocution accident to support your claim.
- Collect contact details of witnesses to the accident as they may be able to give evidence to support your case at a later stage.
- Visit a hospital or doctor for a medical examination, not only is this medically essential but the doctor’s report will serve as medical evidence to support your claim and will help to determine the compensation amount for an electric shock you will receive.
- As soon as you can after your accident, keep a record of what you experienced during your electric shock injury. This can include how the accident happened, any pain that you experienced during the accident, afterward and on an ongoing basis, as well as details about your medical examination.
- If your electric shock injury claim is successful you will also be able to claim expenses you incurred as a result of an accident as part of your electric shock settlement. It is very important you keep the receipt for every expense you incur, including the cost of medical care, any medicine you need to purchase, care and transportation costs. You can also claim for loss of income if your injury forced you to take time off work.
To make a successful electric shock injury claim for compensation you will need to hire a personal injury solicitor to represent you during your claim. If you work with a specialist solicitor from Accident Claims UK, you will also have the option to make a no win no fee electric shock compensation claim, which means that you will not have to pay any solicitor’s fees until you win your case.
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.
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 your 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 can sue for compensation. What’s more, 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 1998 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.
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 will 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 claims if they have suffered an electric shock injury which was not their fault in a public place. 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.
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 have experienced an electric shock accident which caused you to become injured, which happened because of the negligence of another party, chances are that you could receive tens of thousands of pounds as part of your electric shock settlement compensation. How to get started on your electric shock injury claim? First things first, you will need to find a solicitor to represent you. Trust Accident Claims UK, a well respected personal injury solicitor’s firm to find the right specialist solicitor to handle your claim Call us today for your free legal consultation. We will assess whether or not you have a legitimate claim, estimate the compensation amount for an electric shock you could receive, based on the individual circumstances of your injuries and then we will provide you with the right solicitor to handle your compensation claim. Please call us today for your free consultation and to begin the claims process you may be entitled to.
If you successfully win your personal injury claim for an electric shock, your electric shock settlement payout will include general damages and special damages. General damages are compensation for your electric shock injuries, as well as the pain and suffering you endured as a result of these injuries. General damages are the larger part of your electric shock claim amount. Special damages include being able to claim back the cost of any medical treatment, transport or at home care that you had to receive as a result of your injuries. If you were cared at home by a family member because of your injuries, you can also claim money to compensate them for their time and lost income. If you have lost income due to your injuries making you unable to work for a period of time, you can also sue for loss of earnings. This includes loss of monthly earnings, future earnings if your pension has been affected and loss of any benefits, sick pay or holiday pay you have accumulated.
Clients often ask us “How much can I claim for an electric shock accident?” This is a difficult question to answer because the electric shock claim amount that successful Claimants receive depends greatly on the individual circumstances of their accident, the type of injuries they receive and how long your recovery time is predicted to take. The table below quotes average compensation you can receive for an electric shock, depending on your injuries. However, if you want to receive a more accurate estimate of what your claim is worth, speak to one of our friendly advisors today, who will tell you how much you could claim for an electric shock accident based on your individual circumstances.
|Type of injury and severity||Compensation award||Notes|
|Minor foot injury||£5,300 - £11,050||No permanent or lasting damage to the foot.|
|Moderate foot injury||£18,500 - £52,900||With some short term injuries.|
|Severe foot injury||£64,000 - £152,750||Lasting damage such as the removal of the foot. Claimant may suffer a permanent disability.|
|Minor leg injury||£1,800 - £17,900||Small fracture or break.|
|Moderate leg injury||£21,750 - £104,100||Some loss of function in a leg(s).|
|Severe leg injury||£75,100 - £215,000||Partial or complete amputation.|
|Minor - severe finger injuries||£375 - £69,330||Injury ranging from some pain to full amputation.|
|Minor hand injury||£700 - £22,300||Fractures, or short term tissue damage.|
|Moderate hand injury||£22,500 - £47,750||Some loss of function in the hand(s).|
|Severe hand injury||£46,300 - £151,250||Partial or complete amputation.|
|Minor back injury||£350 - £9,850||Short-term injuries. Could be caused by spasming muscle.|
|Moderate back injury||£8,750 - £30,750||Longer-term pain and loss of function.|
|Serious back injury||£29,750 - £123,300||More serious and lasting loss of function or pain.|
Remember if you have an electric shock injury claim to make, or your next of kin died due to electrocution, then call us today.
Accident Claims UK offers electric shock injury compensation claimants the option to make a no win no fee claim. What does this mean? A no win no fee compensation claim sometimes referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) means that you will only have to pay your solicitors fees if you win your compensation 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 a no win no fee claim for an electric shock injury please call us today for your free legal consultation.
If you have suffered an electric shock that wasn’t your fault, or your next of kin relative died by electrocution due to the negligence of another party, trust Accident Claims UK to help you claim compensation. We work with excellent solicitors that specialise in electrocution and electric shock injury claims, some of which have over 30 years of experience practicing law, to help you claim the compensation you are entitled to. 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 what 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 will 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’re looking forward to receiving your call.
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