Anyone in the UK is at risk of suffering an electric shock, whether at home, work, school or on holiday. The severity of an injury caused by an electric shock can vary greatly. A fatality caused by an electric shock is known as electrocution. If you have suffered an electric shock due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to make an electric shock compensation claim after receiving proper legal advice on personal injury claims in Sedgemoor.
Unfortunately, our bodies are excellent conductors of electricity. At some point in your life you have probably felt a snap of electrical shock from static electricity when leaving your car or walking across a carpet made of synthetic material.
Faulty wiring, overloaded sockets, water penetration and badly maintained electrical equipment can all cause serious injuries. You can suffer an electric shock or an electrocution when you handle electrical appliances with wet hands or by poking objects into electric sockets. If you are a worker drilling into a wall or doing underground digging you are at risk from electric shock if you hit hidden cables.
If you, your loved one, family member or friend has suffered an electric shock or has been electrocuted due to some else’s negligence, Accident Advice Helpline personal injury solicitors can give you advice on personal injury claims in Sedgemoor to enable you to make a personal injury compensation claim.
How to prevent electric shock injuries
- Extension cords which are found in every home and office must be discarded or properly repaired when any of the wires are exposed or worn out.
- Electric outlets – the use of sliding outlets is recommended.
- Electrical appliances – never use them near water, don’t use an electric appliance with cracked or worn out plugs or wires and remember to unplug all appliances when not in use.
- Swimming pools, hot tubs and spas – If you have any of these water features, it is advisable to contact your service person to check and ensure you have a properly working Ground-Fault-Circuit-Interrupters(GFCIs) which are regarded as one of the best ways to prevent you from being electrocuted.
- High voltage power lines – never place anything such as a ladder or long poles under a power line. If you come across a downed power line, do notify the local electrical supplier and do not approach or touch it.
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Date Published: 16th September 2015
Author: David Brown