While everybody knows that electricity can be dangerous, we all use electrical appliances every day. In the workplace, there are legal requirements that govern the regular testing of everyday use electric appliances. However, there are still substantial numbers of people who are severely injured or even killed in electrical accidents each year. Around 355,000 people suffer severe injuries due to electrical shocks annually. Electrical injuries can include:
- electric shock
- electrical burns
- loss of muscle control
- thermal burns.
Even though electrical injuries are relatively uncommon, they can be life threatening and in extreme cases can cause extensive burns or internal organ damage. Even voltages as low as 50 volts can have an effect on the human body, including:
- stopping heart function
- preventing breathing
- causing muscle spasms.
Electricity can also be dangerous in explosive atmospheres as even static electricity can create a spark to ignite a flammable gas.
There are strict rules and regulations covering usage and maintenance of electrical equipment in the workplace. When accidents at work happen, there is often a clear case of negligence and, if you've suffered an electrical accident that wasn't your fault, your employer or their insurer may be liable to pay compensation for your damages and injuries.
To find out more on electrical work accident claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee accident solicitors on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances. Or you can contact us through our form.
Who can make an electrical accident compensation claim?
Anyone who has been injured in a electrical accident that wasn’t their fault can make a claim. Even if you contributed to your own accident, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if negligence of your employer is proven.
What to do after an electrical accident?
If you have suffered a personal injury from an electrical accident at work there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from the accident receive immediate medical attention. Not only for health reasons, but also because medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line.
You should also report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. By making a health and safety record of the event, you're providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.
What electrical accident compensation are you entitled to?
In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:
- Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings or earning capacity
- Any future expenses as a result of the injury
- Home modification and care expenses
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, this should be taken as a guide.
How long do I have to make an electrical compensation accident claim?
A strict three-year time limit applies to making an electrical accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there's no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
- Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
- Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.
How to start an electrical accident compensation claim.
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact your employer to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Questions? We'd love to hear from you
You can reach us on 0131 550 7055 to arrange a free consultation or begin a construction accident injury claim on-line.