If you are searching for electric burn accident advice, the very first thing you need to know is that you may be entitled to compensation only if your injury is moderate or severe. Although a wide range of voltages typically cause electric burns, the risk of suffering a serious injury is usually greater with higher voltages. Besides electric burns, electric current can cause thermal burns.
How do electric burns happen?
At some point in life, almost everyone feels the snap of an electric shock. Luckily, the voltage of most electric shocks is quite low and the current flow lasts for a very short time, being unable to cause serious injuries. But, when such incidents take place at work, the risk of getting seriously injured is much higher. This is not only because the voltage in certain work environments, such as industrial settings, construction sites, and factories, is usually higher than the voltage used in domestic environments, but also because most companies operating within the heavy industry sector use advanced electrical equipment, which can sustain current flow for a long time.
The most common causes of electric shocks and burns include badly maintained electrical equipment, faulty wiring, and overloaded sockets. Electric burns can also happen if someone handles electrical equipment with wet hands. If you have suffered an electric burn through no fault of your own, you may file a compensation claim against your employer. To find out how we, the expert lawyers working at Accident Advice Helpline, can help you, please complete our online compensation claim form. Our specialists will be more than happy to offer you the professional electric burn accident advice you are looking for.
Electric burns – risks to workers
A high percentage of electric burns happen in the workplace. Since employers have a duty of care to protect their staff, electrical equipment has to be well maintained all the time. Furthermore, employers must provide proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ensure that all workers receive training on how to operate electrical equipment appropriately.
Regardless of what type of PPE an employer provides and how much training his or her employees receive, some workers are at higher risk of getting an electric burn than others. For instance, the employees working in the heavy industry sector can suffer an electric burn as a result of performing specific tasks relating to work in progress.
We are here to help you
If you are one of the workers who have suffered an electric burn, it is time to seek justice. To hold your employer accountable for your injuries, you should approach our personal injury solicitors specialising in accident at work compensation claims. We are going to fight hard to help you receive maximum compensation for the injuries you have suffered. In addition, we will claim special damages, including lost earnings, future loss of income, and medical, travel, and home help costs.
Whatever the cause of your electric burn, if it was the direct result of the negligent behaviour of your employer or one of your colleagues, then making an injury claim is definitely possible. Please contact us today on 0800 689 0500 to take legal action against the people responsible for your suffering.