Electric shock injuries
While electricity is a very useful commodity, it is also very dangerous.
Faulty electrical equipment is the most common cause of electrical shock injury claims in the workplace.
However, an electric shock can be caused by a number of things, including faulty wiring or failure to provide adequate training or equipment to people working with electrical equipment.
Every year thousands of people suffer injury by electric shock. The effects of an electric shock can have serious consequences. The extent of the injuries will depend upon a number of things, including the size of the voltage and which part of the body is involved.
A voltage as low as 50 volts can block the electrical signals between the brain and the muscles, resulting in spasms, cardiac arrest and breathing difficulties. In the more severe cases, an electric shock can be fatal.
There are four types of electric shock related injuries:
- Electric shocks: These are usually felt in the hands, feet, arms and/or legs. They are the side effects of having an electrical charge running through the body. The shock does not have to be extreme, even a small electric shock can cause injury to internal organs.
- Falls: These occur when performing electrical task above ground level, usually when on a ladder. A person can receive an electric shock and fall, or be propelled, from the ladder. This can cause physical injury from the fall together with injury from the electric shock itself.
- Burns: Electric shocks can cause two types of burns. The first is an electrical burn and the second is a thermal burn which is caused from the arc flash and blast.
- Electrocution: The most serious of electric shock injuries. Electrocution is fatal, being electrocuted or death due to electrocution.
Several Health & Safety laws are in place which aim to ensure reasonable steps are put in place by employers to protect their employees. These include, but are not limited to, providing a safe workplace, a safe system of work, safe and well trained colleagues and suitable safety equipment. The regulations impose a duty of care on all employers, meaning your employer is responsible for your health and safety whilst you are at work.
Unfortunately, safe systems of work break down or employers simply do not follow the rules and regulations – this can lead to accidents and injuries. Your employer can be held responsible if the safety measures in your workplace do not comply with these rules and regulations and you are injured as a result.
Sadly, accidents are also caused by the actions, or lack of them, by a colleague who may well be your friend. Again, the law has envisaged such a problem, and in the vast majority of incidents caused by a fellow employee the employer’s insurer will still be the ones to pay out any compensation.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident at work, which you believe was due to the negligence of your employer, our specialist teams could help you.
If your employer is found to be at fault for your accident, then you will be entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering together with recovery of your financial losses and expenses.
We understand you may have concerns about making a claim against your employer, but we’re here to guide you and give you the right advice and help when you need it.
Why choose Minster Law for an electric shock injury claim?
- Our specialist team have secured over £40 million in damages for our seriously injured clients in the last year alone.
- As one of the largest serious injury teams in the UK, our highly experienced team work alongside some of the UK’s leading Barristers and medical experts, ensuring you have access to the very best advice and support.
- Our competitive and clear funding options allow you to properly understand how you’ll fund your claim.
- We work nationally - no matter where you are, we can provide the advice you need and offer face to face support.
Speak to an expert today
No matter how your injury was caused, contact our expert team today on 01904 663 229 and we can discuss how we can support you.