Accidents & Injury involving Electricity
Electrical Accidents: Injury Compensation following Electric shock or Burns Caused by Electrocution
Have you or a loved one suffered an electrical injury whilst at work that wasn’t your fault?
Electricity is literally all around us in everyday life. From appliances in the home, such as kettles and toasters, to high voltage power tools, overhead and underground power cables, so whatever work-life looks like, you do not need to be an electrician to, unfortunately, find yourself in harm's way at work.
Although Electricity is integral to the modern world, it poses a real danger to people working with or near electrical systems. The main hazards for humans with electricity are:
- Contact with live electrical parts resulting in electric shock or burns
- Electrical faults, which can cause fires
- Fire or explosion in a flammable or explosive atmosphere where electricity is the source of ignition
An electrical accident at work is defined as an accident that exposes the user to a direct, live electrical current. This exposure can lead to electric shock ranging from mild to severe. A mild electric shock will likely only cause a mild tingling sensation, while a moderate shock can cause the muscles to contract, making it difficult to pull away from the electrical current.
Severe electric shocks can lead to heart failure, meaning fatal injury can often be the result of high-voltage electrocution accidents.
Due to the real danger and risk to life from electrical accidents there are stringent regulations for employers and employees whose work brings them in close contact with electricity: Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. Workers must be properly trained on safe working practices with regular refresher training being required for compliance. Work tasks and areas should be properly and regularly risk assessed.
Despite the most stringent precautions however, accidents do still happen. In fact, every year roughly 1000 accidents involving electric shock at work are reported to the Health and Safety Executive, with around 30 of these eventually recorded as fatal.
If you or a loved has been injured, or worse in a workplace electrical accident and you believe it was the result of someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation.
As a first step contact one of our expert work injury solicitors today for a free, initial consultation. They will listen to your story and give you an honest view of whether there is a case to be answered.
You will find our approach at Sheldon Davidson is warm and compassionate. We pride ourselves on this and believe it sets us apart from other personal injury law firms and it is why we are the go-to personal injury law firm serving Greater Manchester. We receive lots of feedback from satisfied clients to this effect, so please pick up the phone and let us guide you through the process and support you on your quest for justice.
Electric shock injuries
The effect an electric shock has on a person can vary due to a variety of circumstances such as the strength of the voltage, which parts of the body are in contact with the electric current, whether the person is damp or wet and the length of time the current flows or stays live.
A voltage as low as 50 volts, if applied between two parts of the body can cause an electric current to flow, since the human body is a good conductor of electricity. This current can then block the vital electric signals between the brain and the muscles which can have the following effects:
- Stopping the heart beating properly which can result in cardiac arrest
- Stopping the person from breathing properly
- Muscle spasms which can cause broken bones and fractures
- Muscle, nerve and tissue destruction
- Thermal burns
Clearly the effects of an electric shock can be extremely severe and in non-fatal cases, the recovery time from both the physical injuries and the post-traumatic stress can be long and arduous. The resulting impact on the person’s life is undoubtedly significant, which is why it is important to seek proper recompense if the accident suffered was as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Pursuing an injury claim following electrocution
In building a case for financial compensation one of our personal injury experts will seek to find as much evidence as possible for review by the courts to prove that there was negligence on the part of a third party i.e. an employer.
For financial damages to be awarded there has to be a liable party i.e. the party to blame and whom the court will deem liable to pay the damages. The onus is for our personal injury expert to prove that the accident was unequivocally the result of negligence.
Types of evidence that could be provided to support this claim could include:
- Photographic evidence
- Accident book records
- Witness testimonies
- Medical treatment records immediately after the accident
- Testimonies regarding working practices, standards and training
- PPE Guidelines
- Evidence of regular and up to date PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing)
Obviously we understand that for you this process may be traumatic and so we will approach it with the utmost sensitivity and do our best to minimise the burden on you. Inevitably though, there will be questions you will need to answer. We are confident however that you will feel like you have gained an ally and that we genuinely have your back.
At Sheldon Davidson we are passionate about the law and justice and we make it our business to ensure that justice is done for all our clients who have suffered through no fault of their own. Once a decision is made by the court and it is confirmed that negligence played a part in the accident a sum of damages is awarded. This sum is considerate of two types of damages:
General Damages: this sum is awarded for pain, suffering and the impact on the injured person’s everyday life looking into the future, such as being unable to pursue hobbies once enjoyed, or being able to return to a career they have worked hard to build.
Special Damages: this sum is awarded for out of pocket expenses and is therefore much easier to calculate. It is intended to reimburse the injured person for things such as medical costs, loss of earnings, adaptations to the home etc. It is largely intended to put the injured person and their family back in the financial position they would have been in, had the accident not occurred.
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