Compensation for Being Electrocuted at Work
I have been offered compensation for being electrocuted at work, but the amount appears to be very low considering I am unlikely to be able to return to work in the foreseeable future. What should I do?
Your next step should be to consult a personal injury solicitor to determine whether the amount of compensation for being electrocuted at work you have been offered is fair and whether it reflects the seriousness of your injuries. Electric shock injuries can have can major implications for future health and any compensation settlement for an electric shock at work therefore requires careful consideration to ensure that it factors in what could turn out to be a lifetime of health problems.
You are certainly right to question the offer of compensation for being electrocuted at work. Should you accept an insurance company settlement offer there will be no further opportunity to increase the compensation amount – even if additional injuries only become apparent at a later date.
It is not unusual for insurance companies to contact accident victims directly in an attempt to settle a claim promptly. There are financial benefits to the insurance company by doing so. If an accident victim can be convinced to accept a low settlement offer, this is clearly of benefit to the insurance company and it is the reason why settlement offers of compensation for electric shock injuries are made to accident victims. First offers of settlement by an insurance company rarely reflect the seriousness of the injuries sustained, nor do they take into consideration any expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
Only after speaking with a personal injury solicitor will it be possible to determine whether the offer you have received is appropriate. It is likely that a solicitor will require you to undergo a medical examination to determine the full extent of your injuries. A personal injury solicitor will be able to arrange for you to be examined by doctors with experience of dealing with electric shock injuries to ensure that your symptoms are fully diagnosedand that any potential health problems resulting from the electric shock at work can be factored in when calculating compensation amounts.
It may not be possible to calculate your maximum entitlement to compensation for electrocution at work on the first call to a solicitor, although you should be given an indication of the likely level of compensation you are entitled to claim after a brief discussion about your injuries. You can then make an informed decision of whether to accept the offer or to pursue your full entitlement to compensation for electric shock injuries by making a claim.