According to the Electrical Safety Council, more than 2.5 million people in the UK experience the terrible effects of an electric shock every year. The shock does not have to be from a particularly high voltage to cause a major injury. Even a voltage as low as 50 volts can have a drastic effect on the human body – it is able to cause cardiac arrhythmia, muscle spasms, electric burns, cardiac arrest and even death. Have you been electrocuted and suffered a major injury? If so, you will know how devastating it can be. Physical pain, emotional and psychological distress, hospitalisation, slow recovery, and financial problems can occur following a serious injury. If you have gone through such problems and are wondering, ‘Can I claim for a faulty wires accident?’ it is important to know that the personal injury solicitors from Accident Advice Helpline are on your side.
If your injury is the direct result of another person’s negligence, carelessness, or laziness, read the following for further details on how to claim compensation for your suffering.
How to make your claim
Making a faulty wires accident claim can be quite complicated, especially when liability cannot be established. If there is any doubt over who was at fault, you may not even have a valid claim. You are only able to claim compensation for being electrocuted at work if you can demonstrate that your injury is completely attributable to one of your co-workers or to your employer.
Injury claims resulting from electrocution are frequently made against employers because they have a duty of care to provide workers with a safe working environment. You could be able to make a compensation claim for being electrocuted even if you are self-employed. In this case, the claim will be filed against the company or person for whom you were working.
Since employers owe a duty of care to their employees, they must ensure that electrical installations and equipment pieces are in good working order. A risk assessment must also be run for each assignment that carries the risk of electrocution. Something else that employers need to check is whether the employees assigned to a certain project have been properly trained. Once this has been established, personal protective equipment should be supplied to all workers involved in that project.
An employer’s failure to maintain a safe working environment will be regarded as negligence. As a result, an employee who has sustained an injury due to his or her employer’s lack of care is eligible to make a claim for compensation for all the suffering that he or she has experienced after the work accident.
Are you ready to make your claim?
If you are ready to file a faulty wires injury claim against your employer, you can approach our qualified workplace injury solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline, who will answer any questions you may have and advise you on a no win, no fee basis, regardless of whether or not you qualify for a compensation claim. To discuss your potential claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: February 16, 2014
Author: David Brown