When we think of an electrician injured at work, receiving an electric shock is the first, and sometimes the only risk we associate with an electrician’s job. However, due to the varied nature of the role, there are of course various ways electricians can be injured at work. As such, employers must take preventative action to try and keep their electricians as safe as possible. Importantly, if you’re an electrician and your employer’s negligence has caused you to suffer an injury, you may be eligible to make an electrician injured at work claim for compensation.
We are happy to help if you’d like to know more about your options. One of our specialist advisors will offer an initial consultation where your claim will be reviewed in detail. After providing free legal advice, they could connect you with one of our personal injury solicitors to see if they will take on your claim. If they agree to represent you, they’ll do so on a No Win No Fee basis meaning you won’t pay them any legal fees unless compensation is awarded.
To learn more about electrician injured at work claims, please read on. Or, if you’re ready to discuss your options right away, please call us on 0800 6524 881 today.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make An Electrician Injured At Work Compensation Claim?
- Common Causes Of Injuries To Electricians At Work
- Employer Negligence Causing An Electrician To Be Injured At Work
- How Much Compensation Will I Get As An Electrician Injured At Work?
- Evidence To Support Electrician Injured At Work Claims
- Time Limits For Claiming Compensation
- Starting The Electrician Injured At Work Claims Process
Our personal injury solicitors will always try to help you claim compensation if you’re an electrician injured at work and they believe there is a fair chance you’ll be compensated. To check this, they’ll try to ascertain whether:
- Your employer breached their legal duty of care towards you; and
- As a result, an accident at work occurred; and
- You were injured or made ill because of that accident or incident.
To establish a duty of care, your solicitor will look at various pieces of legislation such as the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Therefore, you needn’t worry too much about proving this part of the criteria.
Instead, you can concentrate on finding evidence to prove how the accident happened and how you were injured. We’ll look at this in more detail later on.
Working with electricity has obvious dangers associated with it. However, there are many different ways that an electrician could be injured at work. In this section, we’ve provided a few examples including:
- Electric shock. Depending on the voltage involved and the length of the shock, you could suffer serious burns as well as other injuries caused by muscle spasms. The most serious type of injury from an electric shock at work is called electrocution which is a fatal injury.
- Falls from height. To install cabling or electrical fittings in ceilings or outside walls, electricians will often have to work on ladders or platforms (such as scaffolding). This can lead to an increased risk of being injured in a fall from height.
- Building site accidents. Electricians will often be contracted to work on building sites at the same time as other trades. If you are injured on a building site that is not being managed properly, you could claim for any suffering.
- Exposure to asbestos. There is a risk when working in older buildings that electricians can be exposed to asbestos. This can increase the risk of contracting some forms of cancer including mesothelioma.
- Joint Injuries. When kneeling for long periods, the bursa in your knee joints can become inflamed and cause a lot of pain for many months. In some circumstances, electricians could therefore be eligible to claim for suffering caused by bursitis.
- Cuts and bruises. Again, working in a confined space can be tricky. Electricians are often seen trying to connect wires in to the smallest of places. With this comes an inherent risk of sustaining cuts and bruises.
If you’re an electrician who has been injured at work, please get in touch to see if you are eligible to claim compensation.
The range of injuries an electrician could sustain at work are varied. Some common examples include:
Whatever types of injury you’ve sustained as an electrician injured at work, we may be able to help you get compensation for your suffering so please contact us today to discuss what’s happened.
If you’ve been injured whilst working as an electrician, your employer may have been negligent if they:
- Failed to provide proper safety training.
- Provided you with tools or equipment that were faulty or poorly maintained.
- Didn’t supply suitable PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
- Asked you to work too many hours.
- Failed to carry out risk assessments on the site or premises you were sent to work at.
If you suspect your employer’s negligence caused you to be injured at work, you could be eligible to claim compensation for your suffering. Importantly, you have legal protection when making an honest claim which means you cannot be fired, demoted, disciplined or treated any differently for taking action.
When electricians claim compensation for injuries at work, any settlement will be based on how much you’ve suffered because of any injuries (general damages) and any associated costs (special damages).
If you go on to win your claim, your compensation award could cover:
- The physical suffering caused by your injuries and subsequent treatment.
- Psychological injuries such as depression, distress or PTSD.
- Any impact your injuries have on your usual activities and hobbies.
- Lost income and future loss of earnings.
- Care costs for the time somebody else spent helping you while you were recovering.
- Medical expenses which could cover private hospital treatment.
- Fuel and parking fees as well as other travel expenses.
- Mobility aids and home adaptations if your injuries have left you with some form of permanent or long-term disability.
Please get in touch if you’d like to know what compensation you could claim for an electrician injured at work claim.
The amount of compensation you’ll be paid will largely be based on the severity of your injuries. Our compensation calculator lists some potential figures that electricians could be paid for a range of different injuries:
To help prove how you’ve suffered, you will need a medical assessment as part of the claims process. This will result in a report that will explain your prognosis and list the injuries you’ve had to deal with. After your solicitor has received your report, they’ll be able to provide a more accurate compensation estimate.
As mentioned earlier, it’s important to provide as much evidence as possible to prove how your accident happened and why your employer was responsible. The types of evidence that could do this include:
- CCTV footage. If your accident was recorded on a security camera, ask for a copy quickly before it is deleted.
- Accident reports. You should always report any workplace injuries to your employer. An accident report form (which you should be given) will show when and when your accident occurred.
- Medical notes. If you received medical treatment at a hospital after you were injured at work, your medical records could be used by your solicitor to help prove the extent of your injuries.
- Witness information. Where your accident was seen by others, it’s a good idea to collect their contact details. Your solicitor could ask them for a statement of what they saw to help prove your version of events.
- Photographs. It’s always a good idea to capture the accident scene as soon as possible by taking pictures on your phone. Where possible, try to capture the cause of the accident before it is removed or repaired.
If you need any help with collecting evidence for an electrician injured at work claim or would like us to review what you have already, please call our advice centre today.
There are strict time limits for accident at work claims in the UK. Usually, for electricians, you’ll have 3 years from the date of your accident. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with an industrial injury at a later date such as hand-arm vibration syndrome, or asbestosis, the 3-year limit would typically start from the date of your diagnosis.
Although 3 years is a reasonably long time, we believe you shouldn’t leave it too late. If you do, your solicitor might not have enough time to prepare your case and collect the evidence required to prove what happened.
Additionally, if you begin an electrician injured at work claim as early as possible, it may be possible for your solicitor to request interim payments for personal injury to help you financially or to pay for private medical treatment before the claim is finalised.
If you’ve been injured at work whilst working as an electrician, the simplest way to start the claims process is to call us on 0800 6524 881 today. You’ll be guided through the claims process by a specialist advisor who’ll explain your options for free.
If your claim is accepted, your solicitor will process your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. Knowing that you’ll only pay legal fees if the claim is won should make the process a lot less stressful.
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