Any type of electric shock caused by faulty equipment in the workplace or at home can result in serious injuries. While low-voltage devices can cause burns, muscle spasms and scarring, some electric shock injuries can be fatal (electrocution). If you or a loved one has suffered because of an electric shock caused by negligence or a defective product, you could be eligible to make an electric shock compensation claim.
Our specialist advisors are here to support you if you are interested in claiming. They’ll assess your claim for free and offer legal advice about your options. Where your electric shock claim has a fair chance of being won, we could appoint a personal injury solicitor from our team. Should they agree to represent you, they’ll work for you on a No Win No Fee basis.
To find out more about how we could help you claim for injuries caused by electric shock, please call us on 0800 6524 881 today. Alternatively, continue reading to learn more about the claims process.
Table of contents
- What Is An Electric Shock?
- Am I Eligible To Make An Electric Shock Compensation Claim?
- Types Of Electric Shock Injury Claims
- How Much Compensation For Electric Shock Could I Claim?
- Calculating Compensation For Electric Shock
- Evidence To Support An Electric Shock Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Electric Shock Compensation
- Starting The Electric Shock Claims Process
An electric shock occurs when electricity passes through the body. It can cause no injury at all or very serious or even fatal injuries depending on the:
- Type of current involved (AC or DC).
- Time the injured party was exposed to electricity.
- The path the electricity took through the body.
- Amount of current and voltage involved.
Depending on the factors listed above, a variety of symptoms might be caused by an electric shock including:
- Burns at the point of contact.
- Broken or fractured bones if the shock caused you to fall.
- Internal burns.
- Muscle spasms.
If electric shock is suspected, medical treatment should be sought immediately by calling 999 or NHS 111.
Claiming compensation for an electric shock may be possible if you suffered burns or other injuries (including psychological) due to somebody else’s negligence. To check your eligibility to make an electric shock compensation claim a personal injury solicitor will want to know if:
- The person/employer/business/company you blame owed you a duty of care?
- They were negligent in some way and this caused an accident/incident to happen;
- You suffered an electric shock from that accident/incident.
If you can answer yes to all three questions, your claim could be accepted by one of our personal injury solicitors. If you talk to one of our advisors, they can double-check you were owed a duty of care if you’re unsure so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Over the following sections of this guide, we’ll look at the types of electric shock accidents that you could potentially claim compensation for. In most cases, to be eligible to claim, you’ll need to prove that your electric shock injuries were sustained as a direct result of negligence by the defendant.
If you are injured by an electric shock at work, you could be compensated if the accident was caused by your employer’s negligence. This might be the case if you suffered an electric shock because of:
- Faulty or damaged workplace machinery.
- A lack of proper safety training.
- Exposed wires in the workplace.
- Leaking pipes dripping onto electrical appliances.
Essentially, your employer should take precautionary measures to try and ensure you are kept safe at work. If they fail to do so and you suffer an electric shock as a result, you might be eligible to claim compensation.
You may like to refer to our guide on electric shock at work claims for more information on this specific subject.
If you live in rented accommodation, your landlord will need to carry out regular checks and maintain your property to make it as safe as possible. If they fail to meet their obligations and you are injured by an electric shock as a result, it may be possible for you to claim compensation against your landlord. Claims in these circumstances could be made against housing associations, local authorities, or private landlords.
It is also possible to claim for injuries caused by an electric shock in other places such as a hotel, shops, leisure centres and other public places. In these locations, it’s possible for electric shock injuries to be caused by faulty wiring and damaged equipment. Again, operators of such places will have a duty of care to try and keep visitors as safe as possible. If your injuries can be shown to have been caused by the operator’s negligence, you could be compensated.
Manufacturers and retailers have a duty of care to supply products that won’t harm consumers according to the Consumer Protection Act 1987. Therefore, if you suffer an electric shock because of a defective or faulty appliance or product, our solicitors could help you to claim compensation for your injuries.
Any compensation that’s awarded for electric shock will aim to compensate you for the suffering you endured (general damages) and any associated expenses (special damages).
If you win your electric shock injury claim, you could be paid compensation to cover:
- The physical pain sustained during your accident and while you’re recovering.
- Any mental trauma caused by the electric shock. See our guide to mental health claims.
- The cost of replacing any items damaged during your accident (burnt clothes for example).
- Loss of earnings.
- Travel costs such as fuel costs, public transport or parking fees.
- Any time somebody else spent caring for you while you recovered.
- Medical costs which could include private medical treatment.
- Future loss of income if you’ll lose out because of your injuries in the longer term.
- Changes to your home if you’ve been left disabled by your electric shock injuries.
If your case is managed by one of our solicitors, they will work with you to understand exactly how you’ve been affected by your injuries. They’ll then file as strong a case as possible to try and secure the highest level of compensation possible.
If you are claiming compensation for an electric shock, average settlement amounts relating to general damages are currently advised by the Judicial College. Depending on the type of injury you have suffered, the severity of the injury, plus the effect the electric shock has had on your life as a whole, will determine the level of compensation you could claim for general damages. Therefore, our compensation calculator can be used to give you some idea of compensation levels for a range of injuries:
During your claim, your solicitor will need to arrange (usually locally) for you to see an independent medical expert. They’ll assess your injuries and discuss how they’ve affected you during your appointment and then produce a report to show what injuries you’ve suffered. They’ll also set out your prognosis for the future.
To win an electric shock compensation claim, evidence will need to be supplied. This could help to explain how your accident happened, what caused it, and the level of injuries you were subjected to. This could include:
- Accident report forms. You should always report any type of injury to your employer or the organisation responsible. Your report could be used to prove when and where you were injured.
- Witness details. If anybody else saw your accident happen, you should ask for their contact details. If necessary, your solicitor could ask them to explain what they saw.
- Medical evidence. You can obtain copies of your medical records from the hospital that treated your electric shock injuries to help prove how you suffered.
- CCTV footage. If your accident was recorded by security cameras, you’re well within your rights to ask for a copy of the footage. Please bear in mind that it is often deleted within weeks so you should act quickly.
- Photographs. Where possible, you should take pictures to show what caused your electric shock. For instance, if exposed wires were to blame, try to safely take a picture before they are repaired.
As part of any electric shock compensation claim, our advisors will review any evidence you’ve secured so far. Therefore, please have it ready when you get in touch.
If you’ve decided to claim compensation for an electric shock injury, you’ll need to act within a 3-year limation period. This will begin from:
- The date of your accident; or
- When you found out about your injuries (if later).
While you do have quite a long time to submit your claim, we’d suggest starting sooner rather than later. This will allow enough time for you and your solicitor to collect evidence and arrange for medical reports.
If the defendant accepts liability for your injuries, your solicitor could ask them to make an interim payment if you have any immediate costs to cover like loss of earnings before the claim is finalised. Less complex cases could be settled in less than 9 months whereas more serious cases might take more than a year.
We’re ready to help if you have decided to start the electric shock compensation claims process. To start the ball rolling, all you need to do is call our accident advice line on 0800 6524 881.
After we’ve reviewed your claim (for free), we could pass it on to one of our personal injury solicitors. Remember, if they agree to represent you, they’ll do so on a No Win No Fee basis.
Thanks for reading this guide to electric shock claims, and if you have any further questions, please give us a call or connect to an advisor via live chat.