An accident of any type has implications that can go beyond the physical injuries caused by the incident, and psychological trauma is a cause for concern, so if a person asks, ‘Can I get counselling for an electric shock accident?’ the case must be considered seriously.
Electric shock accidents can happen in a variety of locations, be it at work, at home, or even in a public building of some description. Faulty wiring, water damage, overloaded sockets or poorly-maintained electrical equipment can all be potentially dangerous and can cause serious injury.
Personal injury claims for electric shocks have been filed for burns, plus the muscle spasms caused by being electrocuted which can cause broken or dislocated bones. With severe electric shock a victim’s breathing can be stopped. In such cases the patient’s heart can be damaged and if resuscitation is not started immediately death will result quite quickly.
The physical damage caused by an electric shock can be considerable, but at Accident Advice Helpline we understand that the psychological implications are an unfortunate part of receiving a serious injury. It may be that a person is unable to work or leave the house because of the traumatic experience that they have been through. If an injured party is an electrician they may lose their livelihood if the correct steps are not taken in order to integrate him or her slowly back into their way of life. The financial implications of losing a lot of time at work can also affect the confidence of a person, and counselling can sometimes be the only thing that helps to recover their self-esteem.
Steps for safety
If you are a witness to someone who has had an electric shock then there are certain steps you should take in order to help the person, without putting yourself at risk. Under no circumstances should you touch the person if they are still in contact with the current, this is very dangerous and can cause a witness to be shocked themselves. Try to turn off the mains, and then try to separate the person from the current, by pushing the wire or electric appliance away using a non-conductive item such as a broom, but still do not touch the skin of the person. When the victim is no longer connected to the current, check their breathing and commence resuscitation if necessary. Phone for medical help as soon as possible.
A compensation claim needs to cover the long-term effects of the accident as well as the immediate physical damage caused. Losing time at work means that a person is not sure if they can afford to receive the treatment that they so desperately need.
Our specialist lawyers will ensure that they try to recover as much of the cost of long-term treatment as is possible. Only with proper care and treatment can a person regain their way of life if they have been seriously mentally affected by their ordeal. For further information on electric shock counselling phone Accident Advice Helpline on our 24/7 helpline – 0800 689 0500 – for free legal advice.
Date Published: January 30, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Electric shock injury claims