Electrocution can be fatal, and if someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a building work electrocution accident, you may be wondering how the accident happened and who is to blame. Employers have a duty of care to ensure that their staff are safe at work – they must meet regulations and ensure that staff are properly trained, and that risk assessments are carried out to protect employees.
Building work electrocution could occur in any of the following situations:
- Carrying out construction work where mains electricity supply has not been turned off
- Hitting mains electric cables
- Electrocuted by overhead power cables (for example, when working on a roof)
- Striking overhead power cables (such as when working on a moving platform)
If you believe that your loved one’s accident could have been avoided and that their employer has been negligent, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation, and receive a settlement. The good news is that most personal injury claims are settled out of court, so it’s unlikely you will need to attend court. The bad news is that there is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, so it’s important to act quickly after their accident, or you could miss out.
Making a claim – is it complicated?
It’s easy to feel a bit daunted at the prospect of making a claim for personal injury compensation, and choosing the right law firm can be tough. With so many 100% no win, no fee* lawyers out there, how do you find a reputable company? Look for a firm with experience handling personal injury claims. They should be willing to offer you no-obligation advice and listen to your situation. The actual claims process is usually fairly straightforward and most claims can be processed in full over the phone.
Claim the compensation you deserve
The aftermath of losing a loved one in a workplace accident is stressful and emotional for the whole family, and the last thing you need is any more stress. That’s why Accident Advice Helpline aims to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible. You can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 for confidential, no-obligation advice, or head for our website to take the 30-second test and find out how much compensation you could claim. We believe that if you’ve suffered as a result of somebody else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated, and we have been helping people claim compensation since 2000. Call us today to find out more and get the ball rolling on your personal injury claim.
Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen