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    Laboratory Accidents: Electric shock


    Highly sophisticated laboratory equipment often requires connection to mains power supplies. If this equipment is defective, it could lead to workers handling it suffering work injuries by electrocution. Depending on circumstances, such injuries can be severe, if not fatal.

    Electrical shock at work

    Even if the actual electric shock workers receive is only minor, the effects of such a shock could lead to other, more serious consequences. Hazardous substances may, for instance, be splashed about as the result of an electric shock, potentially causing serious chemical burns to the electrocuted worker or others nearby. Other potential workrelated accidents involving electrical shocks could result in explosions or fires, again carrying the risk of severe injuries, not to mention the possibility of an explosion or fire ultimately exposing workers to toxic fumes.

    Preventing accidents at work from an electric shock

    In order to prevent employees being injured at work by electric shocks, employers are required by law to regularly check and maintain all equipment provided. To prevent accidental injuries through improper use, workers must also be trained adequately in the use of all equipment they are expected to work with.

    Work injury compensation

    If you were injured by electrocution at work, you may be entitled to industrial injury compensation. Entitlement to claim depends on when the incident occurred and who was responsible for the work accident leading to the injury. This essentially means the incident must have occurred within a time limit of three years prior to making a claim and the accident must have been someone else’s fault.

    How to claim for compensation

    Initiating a compensation claim is as easy as calling the Freephone number provided by Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Answered by experienced, friendly advisers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, calls are confidential and obligation free. Once it has been established that a caller qualifies for a claim, he or she is offered legal assistance throughout the entire claim process.

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    Claiming for compensation without financial worries

    On accepting this assistance, they are then provided with a legal professional on a conditional fee agreement. Better known as a no-win, no-fee* agreement, this means they do not have to worry about solicitor fees, as any costs incurred during the claim process as solicitor fees will be deducted from their compensation once the case has been successfully settled. More often than not, claims can be dealt with almost entirely over the phone and without claimants having to find the time or resources to attend court.

    Date Published: January 2, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.