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Claim for a Shock from an Electrical Accident at Work

I suffered an electric shock while operating a drill on a building site. Am I eligible to claim for a shock from an electrical accident at work?

You may be entitled to make a compensation claim for a shock from an electrical accident at work provided you can demonstrate your employer’s negligence resulted in you receiving an electric shock. Building sites are particularly hazardous places due to the type of equipment used as well as underground wiring; your employer is legally obliged to provide adequate training, personal protective equipment and clothing to protect you from injury. You may be eligible to make a compensation claim if your employer has failed to provide you with one or more of the above.

The Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages is used to determine the financial value of your electric shock injury, this value is then altered to take into account your age, sex and the general state of your health prior to accident where you were injured.

There are also many other factors that could affect the amount of compensation you are entitled to claim for a shock from an electrical accident at work. For example, if the injuries you have sustained mean you are unable to complete day-to-day tasks that were part of your life before the accident, or if you are unable to participate in hobbies or social activities you may be entitled to compensation for a ‘loss of amenity’. It is recommended that you maintain a diary to record the daily effect the electric shock injury has on your life.

You may also suffer emotional trauma due to your injuries particularly if you suffer any anxiety or depression during the recovery process, this too can be included in your compensation claim although any psychological injury must be verified by a psychologist in order for it to be included in your compensation claim.

You may also be entitled to claim for ‘special damages’, this allows you to recover any expenses you may have incurred as a direct result of your accident, such as loss of earnings, medical expenses and public transport costs if your injuries mean you are unable to drive.

A personal injury solicitor will be able to evaluate your claim based on the circumstances surrounding your injury and advise you on the potential amount of compensation you may be entitled to claim for a shock from an electrical accident at work, therefore it is best advised that you speak with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.