Few people know what it is like to suffer from an electric shock. Some can be fatal, while others result in little more than a mild tingling sensation. Then, there are other shocks that result in injuries that can be anything from mild to much more severe. However, others may lead to people making electric shock injury claims for the injuries they received in their case. Such claims are likely to be possible in situations where someone else was negligent, and that negligence was the root cause of the shock occurring. No one wants to be entitled to make electric shock injury claims, since we would much rather avoid the shock to begin with. But if you have already suffered a shock and sustained injuries from it, you may want to know more about your chances of making a successful claim.
Knowing how you could sustain electric shock injuries is half the battle in avoiding them. For example, you should always shut off the power before making any electrical repairs. Equipment should be isolated before being maintained and repaired. Claiming for electric shock injuries won’t be possible in every case, but it is a possibility if a third party neglected their duties or responsibilities, and you were injured as a result.
You can get an electric shock anywhere. We might think electricians are at greater risk of shocks because they work in close proximity to electrical currents every day. This is true to an extent, but their training means they are probably safer than some other people when it comes to staying safe and avoiding a shock. Electric shock injury claims could be made by people working in any environment. Even someone working in an office uses lots of electrical equipment each day. They could even be shocked by a faulty kettle if it has not been maintained or checked to be safe.
Learning about electric shocks
The symptoms of electric shock injuries vary depending on how serious the shock is. For example, a mild tingling may be experienced with a brief shock that doesn’t involve a significant voltage. Burns to the skin, unconsciousness, and even seizures are other examples of symptoms that may be experienced.
It is also worth bearing in mind some injuries are not visible to the naked eye. You may see a mild burn at the point where the electrical current entered the body, and another one where it exited. But since the current passes through the body, there is a chance it could cause internal burns and damage that cannot be seen. Therefore, someone may look fine, but they might have suffered nasty internal injuries that would require urgent medical help. If in doubt, you should always seek medical advice.
Indeed, treating electric shock injuries often means getting medical attention, and may mean calling an ambulance, especially if the injuries are serious or the person is unconscious. Don’t touch them to try and administer first aid unless you are certain the power is shut off, or you can remove the source of the power by safely using something made from wood or plastic. Never put yourself at risk; if you do, you won’t be able to help them. The last thing anyone would want is for two people to be injured, and to have cause to make electric shock injury claims. It is much better not to be hurt to begin with.
Discover more about making electric shock injury claims
Electric shock injury claims could be possible if negligence was the cause of the shock. The long-term effects of electric shock injuries can be pronounced, both physically and mentally, and this will be considered when assessing any claim made for compensation.
Of course, your priority, if you were the one to receive a shock, will be to seek medical help. A check-up will ensure you receive any appropriate treatment required. This could be for burns, or for internal injuries caused by the shock. You may need to stay in hospital for a time until medics can be sure you are fine to leave. Some people recover fully from electric shocks, whereas others might be left with scars or other injuries that do not completely heal.
Making a claim
Electric shock injury claims may be possible whenever there is evidence that a third party caused the shock to occur. This would be through negligence of some kind. Sometimes, it can be easy to know whether negligence was the trigger for the accident, but this doesn’t apply in every case. Electric shock injury claims are not always easy to work out from a layman’s point of view, which is why you should always seek expert legal advice if you think you could claim but you are unsure whether you are right. Speaking to someone is easy via our helpline.
If you want to find out if Accident Advice Helpline can help you, just ring us today on 0800 689 0500 to speak with a trained advisor. You could also ring from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. Don’t be concerned about the cost of making a claim for electric shock injuries, because we always work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. This means you’ll never be at risk of losing out if you make a claim and it doesn’t succeed in the result you want. Find out today if your electric shock may lead to a claim.
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