If you are unfortunate enough to have been electrocuted causing injury it is best to seek electrocution accident advice from Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you can. Coming into direct contact with electricity can cause serious burns or even death. Although we use electricity every day in our homes and places of work familiarity must not be allowed to breed contempt; great care must always be exercised when dealing with this essential but potentially deadly power.
Don’t do it!
Without the correct training, no one should attempt to fix an electrical problem or make an electrical installation in the home. This is a case where DIY could be fatal. Even lower-current electric shocks can cause fibrillation in the heart that could cause it to stop. This can be remedied by using a defibrillator, but it may cause death if medical help is not sought immediately. Electrical burns may also be very severe causing permanent disfigurement to the victim.
Call the emergency services immediately
If you or someone that you know has experienced an electric shock, it is vital that the emergency services are called straight away. It is also important that nobody touches the person who has been electrocuted if he or she is still in contact with the power source. The supply must be turned off before the victim is approached, as there is a risk that the current will pass from the victim to the helper, resulting in two casualties.
If it is not possible to turn off the power then non-conducting materials such as dry wood, plastic, cloth or cardboard can be used to break the contact between the power source and the casualty. This should be done with great care and only in the direst emergency. If the voltage is very high the power could still conduct across whatever material is being used.
If injured in this way and you think that a third party bears some responsibility we recommend that you do not wait long after the accident to contact Accident Advice Helpline to seek the best electrocution accident advice. We understand just how stressful such a time can be for both the patient and their loved ones. Our friendly and sympathetic staff can help initiate the process of gathering all the facts of your accident for our in-house team of experienced personal injury solicitors. They will assess the facts of your case to determine whether you are eligible to pursue a claim against those responsible for the accident.
Electrocution can result in some serious injuries and the recovery period may be very long. If an electrocution victim is lucky enough to have survived such an accident, they may require ongoing treatment for severe burns, heart problems or other health issues, which can all lead to specialist private health care costs and travel expenses to and from the place of treatment.
Subsequent costs could extend to making alterations and adaptations to your home or car, and you may need to employ help to care for you during your recovery period. This can all add to financial hardship, which is why at Accident Advice Helpline we know how important it is to get the best electrocution accident advice early on to boost your chances of making a successful claim.
Our free helpline is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, so you can contact us at any time. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: August 24, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Electric shock injury claims