Electric shock is a major cause of death (electrocution) and serious injury. There are five main ways that an electric shock can cause injury. Victims can suffer one or more (or even all) of them:
- Muscle spasm – which is sometimes caused by being unable to let go of the electrical source. It can result in dislocated joints and bone fractures;
- Electrical burns – the electric current passing through the body heats the body tissues, which can cause major damage internally and result in excruciating pain;
- Thermal burns – these are often extensive external burns at the sites where the electric current entered and left the body;
- Injuries caused by falling from height or being thrown as a result of the electric shock;
- Long term chronic conditions such as CRPS being triggered by electric shock.
We can be at risk of electric shock anywhere:
- at work;
- at home;
- at or on private property other than your home;
- in public places.
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Electric shocks at work
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 – the purpose of these detailed Regulations is to prevent death or personal injury to any person from electrical causes in connection with work activities.
Electric shocks at home
Good examples of electric shocks at home that can give rise to compensation claims are ones caused by faulty electrical works by builders, electricians and other tradesmen, as well as from faulty consumer goods such as:
- power tools;
- IT equipment;
- white good;
Electric shocks on other private premises
Freeholders have a legal duty to ensure that electrical wiring and systems on their properties are safe, checked regularly by a qualified person and protected from water ingress.
Electric shocks in public places
Situations we have experienced where electric shocks have occurred in public places include faulty wiring in a shopping centre and in a leisure centre.
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What Happens when you contact us?
Further information on what typically happens when you contact us is available here.
How is my compensation calculated?
Calculating the total amount of your compensation can be a very involved process. The most important factor is protecting you for the future. Further information about how compensation is calculated is available here.
Are there any time limits?
The law does provide time limits for bringing a personal injury claim. Further information about them is available here.
Can I change solicitor?
If you’re unhappy with your solicitor you really aren’t alone. Believe it or not, many of our clients begin their claims with other law firms before becoming disillusioned with their poor levels of service and/or lack of knowledge and understanding of their condition. We are experts in turning claims around.
Further information about changing solicitor is available here.
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How can I fund my personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim can be funded in a number of ways. It’s all about finding the method of funding that’s right for you.
Further information about funding a personal injury claim, including No Win / No Fee, is available here.
To speak direct to one of our specialist personal injury solicitors, please call 01225 462871. Alternatively, please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page and we will contact you.