Can you tell me if I can claim compensation for being electrocuted by an office computer? I sustained a serious electric shock when I was replacing a USB cable that had worked loose.
In order for you to make a claim for compensation for being electrocuted by an office computer, it must be established and proven that your employer was responsible for you sustaining an injury at work.
A claim for an electric shock from a computer in an office will only be possible if your employer had been negligent for supplying you with a faulty computer or for allowing for dangerous electrical cables to be used. If an electrical cable had worked loose from the back of your computer and this caused you to sustain an electric shock at work, it is unlikely that a claim for compensation will be possible. Your employer must have been able to prevent the accident and your injury, and should have taken steps to do so under the circumstances.
In order for your claim to be successful, evidence of negligence by your employer must be collected to support your claim. After you sustained a serious electric shock at work it is unlikely that you would have been able to determine how you came into contact with live electrical cables or how the computer had been electrified. Proving that your employer was negligent may therefore be complicated.
Any colleagues that came to your assistance after the accident may be able to help establish how you came to suffer an electric shock, and it may be necessary for statements to be taken to this effect to submit with your claim. If you have an IT department, they will no doubt have checked the computer to find out how the accident occurred, and their testimony can also be obtained to determine how you received an electric shock from a computer in an office and whether this can be attributed to negligence of your employer.
Collecting evidence will be much easier if you allow a personal injury solicitor to investigate your case and to prepare and pursue a claim for electrocution by an office computer on your behalf. If your employer was to blame for the accident it is probable that liability for your injury will be accepted. However the experience of a solicitor will still be important.
When liability is accepted it is still necessary to negotiate an appropriate settlement for compensation for being electrocuted by an office computer with an employerâ€™s insurance company, and the experience of a solicitor will be invaluable in this regard. With a solicitor pursuing your claim for electrocution by an office computer it should help to ensure that the claim runs smoothly and that you can recover your full entitlement to compensation for your injury in the shortest possible time frame.