Electrocuted at Work Claim
Introduction to Making an Electrocuted at Work Claim
Making an electrocuted at work claim for compensation is not always a straightforward process – especially if there is any doubt over who was at fault for causing your electric shock accident at work. You are entitled to claim compensation for being electrocuted at work only if it can be proven that your electrocuted at work injury was attributable to the negligence of an employer or somebody in a position of responsibility who owed you a duty of care – even if that person was not physically present at the time of your electric shock accident at work.
Eligibility to Make an Electrocuted at Work Claim
A claim for electrocuted at work compensation is most frequently made against an employer when you have sustained an injury in an electric shock accident at work as employers have a duty of care to provide you with a safe environment in which to work. Those who are self-employed or contract workers can also make an electrocuted at work claim for compensation against the person for whom they are working although, strictly speaking, they are not “employed”.
Employers – or responsible persons with a duty of care – should ensure that all electrical equipment and appliances are in good condition and regularly serviced, that staff are trained on how to use electrical equipment in the safest possible manner and that a risk assessment is completed for any assignment which carries a risk of electrocuted at work injury – with personal protective equipment supplied as required.
Any failure to maintain a safe environment for his employees or take every reasonable precaution to prevent the risk of injury is regarded as negligence and, should you sustain an injury due to your employer´s lack of care, you will be eligible to make an electrocuted at work claim for compensation to compensate you for the pain and suffering you experience at the time of your electric shock accident at work and for the consequences of your injury.
Procedures Prior to Making an Electrocuted at Work Claim
The most important procedure prior to making an electrocuted at work claim for compensation is that you seek medical attention. In the most serious electric shock accidents at work, you would have automatically been taken to hospital for treatment of any injuries or burns, but many times an electrocuted at work injury is not immediately apparent.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not solely the voltage of an electric shock accident at work which causes injury but a combination of the voltage, duration of contact with an electric current and the path taken by the electricity. Consequently a relatively small charge can cause serious internal damage and even when you believe that you have received no electrocuted at work injury, it is essential that you seek a professional medical examination even when you have received First Aid from a qualified person at work.
If an electrocuted at work injury manifests at a later stage, and you have failed to seek professional medical attention, it could be counter-claimed that your electrocuted at work injury was sustained elsewhere, or that your injury was exacerbated by your own lack of care. Although this does not disqualify you from claiming compensation for being electrocuted at work, how much compensation you may receive could be affected.
How Much Compensation for being Electrocuted at Work
When compiling a claim for electrocuted at work compensation, a solicitor will look at the severity and extent of your injury in relation to your sex, general state of health before your electric shock accident at work and age. A woman, with a lesser muscle mass, will have sustained more severe injuries than a man experiencing the same level of electrical charge and those with a pre-existing condition due to their age may receive less compensation for being electrocuted at work.
The effect that an electrocuted at work injury has on your quality of life will also be taken into account; so, if a burn injury prevents you from driving, socialising or participating in day-to-day activities, this factor will also be included in a claim for electrocuted at work compensation. Any permanent scar that develops or lasting physical condition will be considered along with electrocuted at work compensation for any psychological injury that has been sustained – either directly attributable to your electric shock accident at work or due to long periods on immobility during your recovery.
The impact that an electrocuted at work injury has had on your finances will also be investigated by a solicitor handling a claim for electrocution at work compensation. You should be no worse off financially because of your electric shock accident at work, and any expenses you have incurred due to your electrocuted at work injury – including loss of earnings, costs incurred for alternative means of travel and any medical expenses attributable to your injury – will also be integrated into a electrocuted at work claim for compensation.
Insurance Companies and Your Electrocuted at Work Claim for Compensation
One of the procedures following an electric shock accident at work is that a report is made in the employer´s “Accident Report Book” and, if your electrocuted at work injury has involved a fall from height or results in an absence from work of more than seven days, the accident has to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This report may prompt the HSE to conduct their own investigation – the conclusion to which can strongly support your claim for electrocuted at work compensation.
In cases such as this, or when liability for your electrocuted at work injury is not contested, it is likely that you will be approached by your employer´s Employer Liability insurance company with an offer of electrocuted at work compensation in return for an early settlement. Although these offers of electrocuted at work compensation may be welcome if you are anxious about your short-term finances, it is in your best interests to refer the approach by the insurance company to a solicitor.
Offers of electrocuted at work compensation made by insurance companies are often inappropriate to the degree of injury that you have sustained, and to inadvertently accept such an offer could leave you under-compensated. A solicitor will negotiate with the insurance company to achieve your maximum possible electrocuted at work compensation and, if short-term finances are an issue for you, arrange for interim payments of compensation to be made until such time as an appropriate settlement is finalised.
Free Legal Advice about an Electrocuted at Work Claim for Compensation
If you or somebody close to you has sustained an electrocuted at work injury in an electric shock accident at work for which you were not entirely at fault, you are invited to call our freephone Injury Claims Service and discuss your entitlement to electrocuted at work compensation directly with an experienced solicitor.
Our solicitor will answer any questions you may have, establish that you have a claim for electrocuted at work compensation which it is worth your while to pursue and advise you whether you would qualify for “No Win, No Fee” legal representation. All calls to our Injury Claims Service are free of charge, completely confidential and place you under no obligation to pursue compensation for being electrocuted at work.
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An electrocuted at work injury can be devastating to your life and that of your family. Make sure you receive a fair and adequate settlement of your electrocuted at work claim for compensation by seeking professional legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity.