Faulty Electrical Products Compensation Claim
Due to the prevalence of electricity in modern life, practically anyone can become a victim of electrical shock injuries. Of course, with professions such as electricians, the risk of injury is greatly increased and as such, all the necessary precautions are usually taken in order to ensure that those professionals stay safe in their line of work. However, as there are risks of electrical injury attached to using any electrical appliance and as there are now so many people who operate computers and other electrical appliances and machinery as part of their work and day to day lives, the chances of becoming the victim of an electrical fault have unfortunately risen.
Electrical injuries can also occur in various other environments outside the workplace such as at home, on holiday, at school or in public places. As anyone can be a victim of electrical injury, it is vital that all electrical equipment, sockets, appliances, tools, wiring and machinery be maintained and kept in safe working order. Overloaded sockets, faulty wiring, water penetration and faulty and poorly maintained electrical equipment are all common causes of electrical injuries that can result in severe injury and even death.
Children inserting objects into plug sockets is one such scenario which can result in severe injury, especially as children are particularly at risk of being severely injured by electricity. Workers are also at risk in their line of work as they are at risk of accidentally drilling through hidden electrical wires in a wall or underground cables when digging. If you or someone you know has received an injury that wasn’t your fault as a result of electricity then you may be eligible for compensation.
Electrical Shock Injuries at Work
The primary duty of any employer is the safety of their workforce. This is especially the case if the work the people they employ do is dangerous. Indeed, a large proportion of accidents involving electricity happens in the workplace every year, causing many victims to seek the services of solicitors. Employers are obligated by law to ensure that all electrical equipment used by their employees is safe to use and free from faulty wiring and infiltration by water and regular risk assessments should be conducted for all tasks to reduce the risk of injury as much as possible.
They must also ensure that electrical equipment is tested regularly and that circuits are not overloaded as well as making sure that any damaged electrical equipment is switched off and taken out of use immediately. They are also required to guarantee that the workforce is trained to the appropriate level and equipped with the correct approved Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If employers fail to fulfil these basic obligations, they could be liable to pay damages in the form of compensation to any worker who has been injured as a result of receiving an electrical injury that wasn’t their fault.
Effects of Electrical Shocks
It is a common misconception that the voltage of electricity, also known as electrical potential, is what poses the biggest threat to the safety of human beings. In fact, electrical current (ampere) poses perhaps a bigger threat to well-being. Electrical injuries vary greatly depending on the voltage and current of the flow of electricity. The most common injuries associated with electricity are burns, which are usually far more frequent with higher voltages. However, burns can also be caused by small home appliances which typically require a smaller voltage to operate, if the flow of the electrical current lasts for a sufficient amount of time to cause bodily injury.
The electrical shock can also cause powerful muscle spasms in the arms which can prevent the victim’s hands from being released from the offending appliance or piece of machinery. If the shock is sufficiently strong, the muscles in the arms can tense to such an extent that joints in the arms can be pulled from their sockets and the bones beneath the muscles can even be broken and fractured. Receiving an electrical shock can also cause the victim to become unconsciousness or cause their heart to stop beating. It can also cause them to stop breathing which in turn can lead to further serious complications such as brain damage as the brain is starved of oxygen.
Additional injury can result from falls from being thrown backwards by the force of the shock, particularly if the victim is at height when the shock occurs. The victims of incidents of this type may also be eligible to claim for a fall from height injury. There have also been reported cases where victims have suffered neurological damage as well as damage to internal organs as a result of receiving electrical shocks. The effects of being shocked by electricity are extremely serious and leave the victim requiring urgent medical attention as they can cause death and severe debilitation if the victim survives.
How to make a compensation claim with Tylers
Making an electric shock injury claim with Tylers could not be easier. We have helped many people who have suffered as a result of receiving an electrical shock that was not their fault by awarding them with the compensation they deserve to help them rebuild their lives. Not everyone may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Therefore, in order to make a valid claim, you will need to be able to demonstrate effectively that someone who owed you a duty of care is responsible for the damage you have suffered. This may be due to their negligent actions or if they have failed to respond to prevent the occurrence of an accident when notified of possible equipment deficiencies before the incident happened. Wherever, you were when you suffered an electric shock, our expert lawyers will study the details of your case and advise you if a compensation claim may be possible
If you have suffered as a result of receiving an electric shock that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.