“Can I claim for an electric burn accident?” is the very first question that most people ask after they suffer an electric burn. Typically, serious electric burns take place at work. For instance, some workers are electrocuted and suffer major electric burn injuries when drilling through cables under floors or when handling faulty electrical equipment. If you have been injured as a result of any of these situations, you may be entitled to compensation. But, if you have been electrocuted because you ignored instructions or because you did not wear safety equipment, your right to compensation is questionable. This is because your employer may hold you partially or totally responsible for the accident in which you got injured.
Filing your claim
Simply put, you can file a claim for compensation only if you are able to demonstrate that another party, such as your employer, is to blame for your injury. To do this, you need several witnesses. To sustain your claim, you have to present specific evidence, including an accident report, your medical record, travel and medical receipts, and even blueprints of the building or area in which the accident occurred.
If you have been off work for at least three days due to your electric burn, your employer has the obligation to notify the Health and Safe Executive (HSE). This body typically carries out complex investigations that have a positive impact on compensation claims. However, none can guarantee that your claim will be successful, even if you obtain a comprehensive report from the HSE. If your injury is not work related, you can file your claim against the party (property owner or local authorities) that should have ensured safety in the area where the accident took place.
As soon as you get professional medical assistance and obtain a copy of your medical report, stating your injuries and complications associated, you should contact us at Accident Advice Helpline. Our personal injury lawyers will be able to advise you whether or not it is worth pursuing a claim for your electric burn injury.
What you can claim
We hope that the aforementioned details have given you a complete answer to the question, “Can I claim for an electric burn accident?” Now, you probably want to know what exactly you can claim. Besides the compensation award corresponding to your type of injury, our experienced personal injury solicitors can help you obtain compensation for loss of income for time off from work; treatment costs, including physiotherapy and psychotherapy, if needed; out-of-the-pocket expenses relating to your injury; gratuitous care; and “loss of amenity” if your injury prevents you from participating in social activities and hobbies that used to be part of your life before the accident.
Accident Advice Helpline’s solicitors are experts at dealing with electric burn injury claims. This means that they can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Additionally, these professionals are willing to handle your claim on a no win, no fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay a penny if you lose.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 1, 2014
Author: David Brown