If you’ve suffered an electric shock at work, accident advice can help you to make an informed decision about what to do next. Accident Advice Helpline can provide that advice free of charge, without putting any pressure on you to claim. Our expert team can talk you through your legal options and, if you want, we can help you to find a solicitor.
What you need to know
All compensation claims are restricted by certain regulations. They normally need to be made within six months of the accident happening. They also need to incorporate a medical report identifying the injuries caused and how they happened, so you will need to have been treated by a doctor.
If you receive a serious electric shock in the workplace, it is highly likely that your employer will be held to be responsible. Every employer in Britain has a statutory duty to keep the workplace free from hazards. If the nature of your work means you are exposed to the risk of shock, you should have adequate protective gear and you should have been given training to make you as safe as possible. If your gear was substandard or your training inadequate, you have a right to claim compensation from your employer.
Worries about work
Some people who contact us for electric shock at work accident advice tell us they’re worried about getting in trouble if they make a claim. The law protects you from being sacked in this situation and insurance will usually protect your employer from getting in serious financial trouble even if a large award is made. Most people we work with tell us they actually have no trouble when they go back. Some tell us that their workmates are grateful to them for drawing attention to hazards, thereby making the working environment safer. Others say that even their bosses thank them because a claim makes it possible for them to get funds from higher up to improve safety for everyone.
Making a claim
At Accident Advice Helpline we work with over 200 solicitors across the country, including specialist industrial accident solicitors with experience of electric shock incidents. We can usually match up our clients with suitable solicitors very quickly. Because we work on a no win, no fee basis, you don’t need to pay us if we lose. This means you can be confident that we’ll always provide you with the best possible representation.
If you need to take time off work because of your injuries, or if you have any other directly related expenses, such as travel costs, we recommend that you keep records and save receipts. We may be able to help you reclaim this lost money as part of your compensation claim.
As well as helping your finances recover, winning compensation can help you to draw a line under what has happened to you. It can help to restore your confidence and enable you to get on with your life. Claiming is easy to do, and you have a right to justice.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: David Brown