Computers, printers, photocopiers – all are used on a daily basis in most offices, but how often do you actually stop to think about your safety when using electrical equipment at work? Maybe you should, as if a piece of equipment is faulty, you could suffer an electric shock. Employers are responsible for the safety of their staff at work, which means if you have sustained a shock from a faulty or damaged piece of equipment, you could make a claim for electric shock compensation if your employer has been negligent. Don’t wait too long though as there’s a three-year time limit in place for personal injury claims.
What injuries could an electric shock cause?
Electric shocks can cause a range of injuries, and it depends on the voltage as to how serious these injuries could be. For example, a low-voltage shock (from the majority of appliances) could cause electrical burns. High-voltage shocks can lead to broken bones, head injuries or spinal injuries (if you are thrown clear of the equipment) or serious tissue and organ damage.
It’s important that office equipment is regularly checked for faults – this includes checking the cables and plugs for any damage which could lead to an electric shock. At the end of the day, if you have been injured by faulty office equipment, your employer could be ordered to pay you office electric shock compensation for your pain, suffering and any loss of earnings you’ve experienced as a result of time off work. But don’t worry about making a claim with Accident Advice Helpline just yet – first get the medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries. Then get in touch with us for confidential, no-obligation advice.
Our team has years of experience handling compensation claims for accidents at work, and we’re confident we’ll be able to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Yes, there’s talk of a ‘compensation culture’ sweeping the UK. No, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply for compensation if you have been injured and your employer is to blame. That’s why employers have liability insurance in place, in case the worst happens and a member of staff is injured. Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim, or take the 30-second test on our website right now, and find out how much compensation you could be entitled to receive.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton