When we think about electric shocks, we often imagine severe burns to the skin. Unfortunately, it’s not always obvious that somebody has suffered an electric shock, as it’s not uncommon to see little external evidence of the shock. An electric shock with no burns may be the result of a low-voltage electric shock, or it could be that the burns are on the hands, head or heels – burns are likely to be most serious and visible at the points of contact with the electrical source and the ground. At the other end of the scale, sometimes an electrical shock shows severe burns to the skin. In both cases, it is important to seek urgent medical attention, as electric shocks can cause severe injuries.
What to do if you’ve suffered an electric shock with no burns
If you have suffered an electric shock with no burns, you should still seek medical attention. You may have suffered internal injuries that are not visible externally, and you may need medical treatment. Somebody who has been knocked unconscious by an electric shock may have stopped breathing, suffered a cardiac arrest or sustained injuries after being thrown clear of the site of the shock, such as a head injury, spinal injury or multiple fractures.
Try to make the person comfortable (but don’t move them) and call 999. If they have stopped breathing, you may need to resuscitate them whilst waiting for help to arrive. Take care that you don’t become a victim of electric shock yourself and ensure that the area is safe.
How much compensation could you get?
You could be entitled to compensation not only for your injuries but also for any financial losses you have suffered as a result of your accident. If you’ve been injured in an electric shock then it is likely that somebody else’s negligence caused your accident. You may have come into contact with faulty electrical equipment at work, been injured after electrical appliances came into contact with water or even been injured whilst working outside in bad weather (for example downed power lines).
The amount of compensation you could get will depend on how severe your injuries are and what treatment you required. If you have needed a few weeks off work to recover from your injuries, you could find you’re entitled to compensation for your loss of earnings. If you have sustained serious internal injuries and taken several months off work, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to get the compensation you deserve. Just call us today on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more.
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