When considering the hazards an electrician is likely to face at work, the most obvious risk relates to electric shock (electrocution). Due to the hazardous nature of the job, electricians should be provided with adequate personal protective equipment, which is meant to prevent or at least minimise the risk of getting injured. Additionally, all electricians must complete special training programmes that teach them how to avoid being injured whilst working on specific projects and what measures to take in the event of an accident at work. In a case where you have sustained an injury because you have not been trained sufficiently or provided with appropriate protective equipment, you may have a valid electrician accident claim against your employer.
Medical treatment following accidents at work
If you are injured at work, it is critical to obtain medical treatment right away. Even if you suffer minor injuries, you should see your doctor, explain to him exactly how you have been injured, and show him all the injuries that you have sustained as a direct result of that particular workplace accident. You should also mention whether or not you have observed an exacerbation of a pre-existing condition. All these aspects form an important part of the evidence necessary to support your claim. If your injury is severe, you should seek attention at the emergency department. In addition, it may be useful to take photographs of all visible injuries.
Reporting the accident
This is the second most important thing you need to do after an accident at work. Regardless of the severity of your injuries, you should report the accident to your supervisor as soon as you can. Furthermore, make sure that your supervisor records the accident in the company’s accident book, exactly as you describe it. A comprehensive, accurate record of your accident is critical in supporting the electrician accident claim that you may file against your employer later on.
What you can claim
Work-related injury claims consist of two types of compensation: general damages and special damages. The first type of compensation focuses on the pain and suffering associated with the injuries caused by a particular accident at work. Thus, the main role of this type of compensation is to recompense injured employees for their physical and emotional suffering. When settling the compensation award, courts also take into account the way the injuries affect the victim’s day-to-day life and activities. This means that the amount you may be able to receive as general damages depends upon the severity of your injuries, their effect on your life, and the time taken to make a full recovery. If you experience permanent symptoms, the judge will also consider your future ability to work and employment prospects.
Special damages represent compensation relating to any financial losses and expenses that you have incurred because of your injuries. Although this type of compensation commonly focuses on loss of earnings, it can also include treatment costs, travel expenses, medication and prescription charges, and cost of special care. If you have suffered severe injuries that need future medical care and assistance, the associated costs will be included within your claim automatically.
If you wish to file an electrician accident claim against your employer, the experienced personal injury solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline are ready to evaluate your case free of charge. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: February 16, 2014
Author: David Brown