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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can you claim if you get an electric shock from an extension lead in an office?


    If you are injured by an electric shock from an extension lead in an office, you may be due work injury compensation.

    Suffering an electric shock at work can be both physically painful and emotionally distressing. In fact, suffering any form of accident at work can be extremely damaging to confidence and self-esteem. Not to mention the physical danger of such accidents.

    Even once you’ve made a full physical recovery, you are likely to feel anxious about returning to the scene of the accident. This is very difficult when that same scene is your professional setting. Returning is unavoidable, Accident Advice Helpline are here to make the process easier.

    I’ve suffered an electric shock from an extension lead in an office, what can I do?

    The first step, of course, is to get your injuries treated. Electric shock burns can be extremely damaging so make sure you get examined by a doctor.

    Once treatment and rehabilitation are sorted, it’s time to investigate if you are owed any compensation. Like the vast majority of work accidents, electric shock claims are usually subject to the following criteria:

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    • The accident occurred within the last three years
    • The accident was demonstrably the fault of someone else or the result of negligence
    • A medical professional confirms that the injuries sustained were caused by the accident

    The first and third elements are pretty straightforward. The second point – the issue of liability – can be a bit more complicated.

    How do I know who is responsible for my electric shock injury?

    Employers have a responsibility and obligation towards the safety of employees. This means creating a physical work environment where health hazards have been eliminated or minimised. It also means fostering an atmosphere where employees don’t feel the need to put their health at risk. Finally, it means dealing with hazards and when they appear.

    With an electric shock from an extension lead in an office, it’s the employer’s responsibility to ensure it’s safe. If the lead is faulty and you are injured at work as a result, you may have a claim to make.

    For more information, you can use Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second claim test. From there, you can talk to our expert advisors for a no-obligation consultation.

    Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.

    Date Published: April 18, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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