If you are shocked by an electric fence, you may experience a range of injuries. An electric fence shock could result in personal injury compensation. Accidents with electric fences can cause a wide range of electrical injuries from discomfort to, in the most serious cases, death.
Where am I likely to get shocked by an electric fence?
Electric fences are most commonly found out in the countryside. They are used to prevent animals from crossing a boundary. For example, on farms and agricultural land, they are used to prevent animals from leaving their field.
More recently, there has been an increase in the use of electric fences as security measures around places like prisons and military buildings.
Of course, electric fences are there to act as a deterrent. Which means that it would take some extraordinary circumstances to suffer a serious injury or even death from contacting one.
However, an accident with an electric fence is likely to leave you with some of the symptoms of an electric shock. These include:
- Noticeable marks and burns on the skin
- Numbness, paralysis and tingling sensations
- Problems with vision, hearing and speech
- Periods of unconsciousness
- Breathing difficulties
If you experience any of the above symptoms following an accident with an electric fence, then head to A&E immediately.
What needs to be done to avoid getting shocked by an electric fence?
Most people know what an electric fence looks like and to avoid them. A single stretch of metallic wire running between fence posts is one giveaway sign of an electric fence. Another is the simple fact that if livestock is behind it, the fence is likely to be electric.
However, assuming knowledge is not enough to safeguard against electric fence accidents. Those who put them up have a responsibility to erect signs indicating the presence of an electric fence.
Whether it’s running across a field to keep cows and sheep in check or surrounding a valuable property, electric fence signs need to be in place. If they are not, then the property owners could well be found guilty of negligence and be liable for any injuries people suffer.
Making a claim
If you are hurt in an accident with an electric fence, remember that you may be due personal injury compensation. Our expert advisors are on hand for a no-obligation chat, so call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice