Last updated on November 11th, 2021
If you have been injured by faulty wiring due to somebody else’s negligence, you may be eligible to make a faulty wiring injury claim for compensation.
What Is Faulty Wiring & What Injuries Can It Cause?
Accidents and injuries due to faulty wiring can happen almost anywhere, electric shock in the workplace, at home, on public or commercial premises. Injuries can vary greatly from minor burns to life-changing injuries and even death.
Faulty wiring encompasses a wide range of errors related to electrical wiring. These may include but are not limited to:
- Inadequate earthing or inadequate insulation, which can cause current to pass through an electrical appliance
- Exposed live electrical elements
- No protection from water
- Poor maintenance in general
Any of the above scenarios increase the risk of electric shocks. Depending on the voltage of the appliance, this may result in different types of injuries including:
- Electric shock injury
- Burn injuries
- Intense muscle spasms
- Breathing problems due to muscle spasms
- Irregular heartbeats and possible cardiac arrest
An electric shock injury due to high voltage can throw a person backward with great force, causing compound injuries such as broken bones and fractures. It can also be fatal if the person is thrown from great height or in front of a vehicle.
Making A Faulty Wiring Injury Claim
Faulty wiring injury claims can be complex so it’s advisable to seek free legal advice from a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible after the incident. Our personal injury solicitors are committed to protecting the legal rights of no-fault accident victims.
To help injury victims with the process of pursuing a compensation claim we offer a free consultation to potential claimants. During this consultation, the solicitor/advisor will ask such details as how the accident came about and who you believe is at fault and why. They will also want to explore any evidence you might have gathered thus far, along with any medical reports related to the injury. Based on this analysis, they can determine what the next step should be.
No Win No Fee Claims
If you have a strong faulty wiring injury claim, the solicitor will offer to file the claim using a No Win No Fee agreement. This agreement essentially means you will pay zero upfront fees or expenses related to the claim while it is in progress. As part of the No Win No Fee agreement, you would simply pay an agreed percentage of compensation awarded as a success fee if the claim is successful. In the event that the claim is not successful, you won’t have to pay anything.
The No Win No Fee agreement will set everything out clearly including the amount you would pay on winning your claim. The way the contact is set up is that it frees you from any financial risk as you never have to pay anything out of pocket. You only reimburse the costs from the award money.
How Much Compensation For Injury Due To Faulty Wiring?
There is no fixed amount that is awarded to faulty wiring injury victims. Compensation can vary widely from one case to another, depending primarily on the severity of the injuries sustained (general damages) and actual expenses and loses (special damages). More information on general and special damages can be found on this page.
In general you can expect compensation for these damages:
- Pain and suffering
- All medical expenses – this includes the cost of future, long-term medical treatments such as ongoing physiotherapy and counselling
- Travel expenses directly related to your injuries
- Home care and childcare costs
- Cost of necessary alterations or additions to your home or vehicle
- Cost of assistive or mobility devices that you may need to move around and perform everyday chores
- Loss of income from having to take unpaid leave because of your injuries
You can use our compensation calculator below to get an idea of what levels of compensation are advised by the Judicial College with regard to general damages. The compensation calculator does not include compensation for special damages as your solicitor would need to calculate these based on your expenses.
What You Can Do To Strengthen Your Faulty Wiring Injury Claim
While your solicitor will handle the legal aspects of your faulty wiring injury claim, there are some things you can do to strengthen it and increase your chances of winning.
At the time of the accident, if you are able to, get photographs of the faulty wiring that caused the injuries. If you are unable to do this yourself, ask somebody else to do it for you. Also get photographs of the scene of the accident and any visible injuries to yourself.
If anybody else witnessed the accident, ask them for their contact details. Witness statements can be a major factor in verifying that that the accident happened and how it happened.
Keep all medical records, including any doctor’s reports, diagnostic tests, and prescriptions. Also keep all receipts pertaining to your medical treatment, travelling to and from the hospital for your treatment, and purchases made to accommodate your injuries. You may also need some sort of income proof if you’ve lost income from being off work. If you lost out on any promotion or bonuses due to having taken leave, get a letter from your employer as to the same so you can claim the reimbursement.
Last but not least, get in touch with a solicitor as early as possible after the faulty wiring accident. The earlier you contact a personal injury solicitor, the more time they will have to put together a winning faulty wiring injury claim.