An electric shock at work accident claim works in much the same way as any other industrial accident claim. In order to be valid, it must be made within three years, you must have received medical treatment for your injuries and the accident must have been caused by your employer’s failure to meet statutory health and safety requirements. If you have been injured in a public place whilst on work time (for instance, when making a delivery on foot), you may still be able to claim, but it will not normally count as a workplace injury.
If you have any uncertainties about your claim, you can call us for free at Accident Advice Helpline. Our highly trained advisers will be happy to talk through your situation with you and clarify your legal options. You won’t be under any pressure to make a claim through us.
An employer’s duties
All employers in Britain have a duty to protect their employees from foreseeable danger. Of course, some jobs are inherently dangerous, but in these cases the employer is responsible for keeping risks to a minimum.
Almost all workplaces contain potential electrical hazards. The employer is responsible for maintaining electrical systems and appliances in good condition. In the case of faults that develop suddenly, signs should be put up and any visually impaired staff should be warned in person so that no-one is hurt.
Where the workplace contains unavoidable hazards, proper training and equipment should be provided to keep employees safe. If your employer has been negligent, you may be entitled to make an electric shock at work accident claim against them.
If you make an industrial accident claim, you are likely to be up against good lawyers. This means that, no matter how strong your case is, you will need to have export legal representation of your own. At Accident Advice Helpline, we can put you in touch with a specialist industrial accident solicitor. If possible, we’ll find one who has experience dealing with electric shock cases. You’ll be able to deal with your solicitor by phone, so it won’t be necessary to do lots of extra travelling when you’re not feeling in good shape. Some of our clients are able to receive good compensation payouts without even having to go to court.
Returning to work
When we talk to people who’ve suffered electric shocks we find that they often feel traumatised and need to take time off work for emotional as well as physical reasons. If a doctor confirms that you need a chance to recover like this, you may be able to include any lost earnings in your compensation claim.
The law protects you from being sacked because you took action against your employer over an accident. Any compensation payout usually comes out of employers’ liability insurance, so it shouldn’t result in problems paying employees. Often we find that people in this situation are welcomed back at work because their actions have helped to draw attention to problems, making the working environment safer for everyone.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: David Brown