Electrocution injuries have the potential to be very serious, causing irreparable damage to internal organs and even fatalities. Even a minor electrocution injury can cause serious burns and other symptoms such as heart palpitations that can leave you feeling very unwell. If this has happened to you and you’re wondering who is to blame for an electrocution injury, you’ll need to think about how your accident happened, and whether more could have been done to prevent it from happening.
For example, if you were injured by faulty equipment at work, could your employer have replace or repaired this equipment to prevent your accident from happening? In this scenario, your employer could be held liable and to blame for an electrocution injury and ordered to pay you personal injury compensation.
What symptoms does an electrocution injury cause?
Electrocution injuries could lead to any of the following injuries and symptoms:
- Electrical burns – these can be permanently disabling and require surgery
- Electric shock – A shock of as low as 50 volts could cause the heart to stop beating properly, leading to breathing difficulties and the need for emergency medical attention
- Thermal burns
- Loss of muscle control – Electric shock can cause painful muscle spasms that can dislocated joints or break bones. You could be thrown off scaffolding if you’re working at height and land in machinery or hit other buildings, leading to broken bones, crush injuries and other types of injuries
Generally speaking, the higher the voltage, the more serious the injury, but if you are working with electricity then your employer should take steps to ensure that you’re safe at work. You may have suffered an electric shock in a public place such as in a shop – and in this case the shop owner could be held liable for your injuries.
How to work out who is to blame for an electrocution injury
You don’t need to figure out who’s at fault for your injuries as you can get advice from a personal injury lawyer. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people for over 15 years and we’re here to ensure that everybody gets the compensation they deserve. You can call us on our freephone helpline on 0800 689 5659 to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim and get advice – in confidence and with no obligation to proceed – from our team of personal injury lawyers.