Electric Shock Injury Compensation Claims

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Injuries caused by electrocution or electric shocks can cause both minor and extremely serious injuries. Any person who suffers an injury as a result of an electric shock has the right to make a claim for compensation if the accident can be attributed to the negligence of a third party. That could be an employer, a contractor or anyone else who has failed to ensure that electrical work has been done to the required safety standards.

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Electric shock injuries and symptoms

Serious electric shock injuries can require detailed medical treatment and have a big impact on day-to-day lifestyle and living standards.

Whilst most people will associate electric shocks with exposure to high voltage electrical current, they can also be caused by low electrical voltages. Even 50 volts has been known to cause injuries, including damage to the way electrical signals are sent between the brain and muscles.

Common electric shock injuries and symptoms may include:

  • Burn injuries
  • Muscle spasms and nerve pain with ongoing pins and needles and loss of sensation
  • Fractures and soft tissue injuries from being violently thrown by the force of the shock
  • Irregular heart beats and damage to cardiac tissues, heart health and even cardiac arrest
  • Death

The severity of symptoms and extent of damage will differ depending on the length of time the injured person was exposed to the electric current, the strength of the voltage and which body part was affected.

Can I claim compensation?

If you suffered injuries because of an electric shock, and believe that the blame rests with the negligence of an employer or third party organisation, you can seek to make a claim for compensation.

To be able to make a claim the accident must have happened within the last 3 years. Except in cases of children under the age of 18 years at the time, who can pursue a claim up and until their 21st birthday.

How do I know if my employer is liable?

If you were injured because of an electric shock at work, there is a high likelihood that you will be able to pursue a claim against your employer for accident at work compensation.

Employers are obliged by The Health and Safety Act 1974 to fulfil a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for their employees. There are many regulations with which employers must comply to ensure that the risks to employee safety are minimised so far as possible.

One such requirement is that employers must carry out regular health and safety risk assessments of workplace equipment, machinery and environments. It is in this area that we often see PAT (portable appliance testing) being conducted on all electrical equipment found in the workplace.

Employers must also ensure that all staff working in assessed risk environments are provided with or required to wear relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Regulations also require that employees receive relevant training and guidance as to how to work safely, use the correct PPE and be aware of the risks they face.

Any worker wishing to make a claim for electric shock injury compensation must demonstrate that their injury was caused by employer negligence, and that the employer failed to uphold their duty of care to employees. When an employer is proven to have been negligent, the compensation claim will be successful.

Injuries caused at home or in a public place

A person injured by an electric shock at home or out in public can make a claim for compensation if their injury was caused by a faulty appliance, or because of below standard electrical contractor or building work.

It is important that the details of the injury are reported to the appliance manufacturer or electrical contractor who carried out the work, as well as the owner of the premises in which it occurred.

How do I start my claim?

Direct2Compensation are experts in personal injury compensation and our staff can assist you in quickly identifying whether the cause of your electric shock is something that you can make a compensation claim for.

Our easy to understand No Win No Fee claims process is simple and hassle free, and we work with solicitors who will give you the very best prospect of succeeding with your claim.

You can call our friendly and helpful staff on 01225 430285 or get your claim started online today. We take pride in making sure that you feel understood and look forward to helping you make your claim.

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  1. Gwendoline

    I had an electric shock whilst working on a till. I had no medical attention or support from my customer team leader. I also asked if I could go in the back and sit down, but he said that the delivery was in and it was too busy. I felt palpitations and said to my team leader that I felt that I needed to sit down. I had no support.

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    • Ian Morris

      You can claim compensation against an employer if you are injured because of a faulty machine and suffer an electric shock. However, as with any No Win No Fee claim for personal injury compensation, the severity of the injury needs to reach a certain level before a claim can proceed. In the case of the electric shock injury you sustained, if it left suffering from symptoms including pins and needles, loss of sensation or muscle spasms as a result of the electric shock, you could see to make a claim.

      You should make sure that an accident report was filled in – if not, request that an accident book entry be made noting the details of your electric shock injury and the faulty till that caused it.

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  2. Mrs P

    I received an electric shock at work earlier this year. I had to take myself to hospital as no one knew what to do and I am one of the first aiders. I was checked over by the hospital ECG etc. I had a large blister on my finger where the electricity had conducted when I switched the socket on. For approx 4 days after I suffered severe headaches. My employer did not have cover available so I had to work part shifts from home. In house HSE visited 3wks after and in this meeting I was mocked by one of the managers. At the time of the meeting we were having PAT testing carried out. I asked the PAT tester could this be caused by static electricity and I was advised no and this had been reported since 2014. HSE took a picture of my finger and never produced a report from the faulty socket after two email requests. However I raised a grievance with my employer and was provided a copy of an invoice which states cause as static electricity. The socket was faulty and had been reported by 3 separate staff members along with the PAT tester. Unfortunately due to the office environment there is limited electricity sockets available. I have now been left with a disfigured finger and have nerve damage. I have been referred to a specialist by my GP who has confirmed from the visible nerve damage this has been caused by the shock. Would I be entitled to a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      On the basis of your description, my initial view is that you have a claim that should be pursued. In this case, there is a clear argument to be made in your favour in the claim on the basis of employer negligence. Your employer had been put on notice of a fault with a socket by no less than 3 separate people. Therefore, failure to take immediate action to either isolate the socket and remove it from use or place a warning sign on the socket is likely to render them liable for the damage to your finger and health by this electrocution injury.

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  3. Kevin

    Hi Ian,

    I am contacting you on behalf of a colleague who sustained an electric shock at work in May 2016, which knocked him over; he was medically checked and then sent home. The details are taken from the 8 page company Health and Safety report where they identify the catalogue of errors and root causes.
    I will try and keep the details to bullet points as this enquiry is more regarding employer negligence than the injury sustained by the colleague.
    1. The incident involved my colleague sustaining an electric shock from a water heater.
    2. The water heater was checked in 2013 by an independent electrical service company who identified an action coded as C2 ‘potentially dangerous, urgent remedial action required’. There is no clear record of this action being completed; further to this the fixed instillation inspection also indicated that the water heater did not have a Residual Current Device (RCD).
    3. On 28th April 2016 a staff member identified a water leak emanating from under the kitchen sink, through the water heater which had the cover tilting back with exposed wires. The staff member informed her line manager and together with the Front of House Manager checked the water heater and decided to switch off the power supply. This was also recorded electronically.
    4. On 29th April 2016 recorded data indicates that this work order was acted upon but sent to the wrong contractor email address due to a recent change of name by the contractor. However the (SLA) code was set at one day and it would have shown on the system the next day as a job not resolved and colour coded as red.
    5. Records indicate that once the time scale for the (SLA) has exceeded it highlights as red on the maintenance department system and this is reviewed on a weekly basis at the maintenance team meeting. A review took place on 3rd May 2016, but this was not highlighted as a priority.
    6. Company Health and Safety report identifies that the classification of the (SLA) code for the work order should have been assessed as urgent. The water heater should have been securely isolated, once a problem had been identified and a caution notice should be attached at the point of isolation.
    7. On 5th May 2016 the water heater had still not had any work carried out and the work order was outstanding. The monthly water heater check was due and engineer was tasked with the job. He started to test the water temperature and noticed that it was not heating, checked the water heater only to find it had been turned off from the switch inside the cupboard. He checked the heater visually did not notice anything out of place so he turned the switch back on and left intending to return an hour later after the water had heated up. He did not return due to other work priorities and the water heater was now live again. The incident occurred later that evening.

    There are other Health and Safety concerns but I appreciate this is already a lengthy email. The colleague only had one day off as he felt pressured by his line manager to return to work. He was offered £750.00 compensation, is this acceptable given the circumstances?

    Many thanks.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Kevin

      Thank you for telling us about your colleagues accident at work.

      There are two things I can say at this stage – i’m sure you can appreciate that I don’t know the full facts of the injury sustained and how that has affected your colleague.

      Firstly, I would say that he does have a very strong claim for compensation – this is further backed up by the fact that an offer of compensation has been made.

      Secondly, the offer – £750. Without knowing the full facts of the injury – how it has affected your colleague, whether there are ongoing problems such as pain, loss of movement or even psychological trauma etc, I can’t say if the offer is fair or not. If he has not been using the services of a specialist accident at work compensation solicitor, I would argue that he may well receive a higher/fairer offer if he were.

      Using a specialist solicitor ensures that the claimant receives the maximum value of settlement to which they are entitled and protects the claimant from dealing directly with an insurer who will be looking to settle the claim at the lowest possible tariff. Therefore, I would suggest that your colleague make an enquiry to us so that we can discuss this in detail and offer advice on the basis of knowing the full facts of the matter.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

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