Am I eligible to claim for an electric shock at work as an electrician if I believe that the workspace to which I was sent to operate was unsafe?
You may be eligible to pursue a claim for an electric shock at work if you believe that your employer sent you to work in an unsafe environment. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their workers are placed in safe workplaces, which are suitable for the work which they are expected to undertake. If you are able to prove that an employer failed in their ‘duty of care’ towards you, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for an electric shock.
Part of an employer’s ‘duty of care’ is to ensure that they have conducted a risk assessment of any new workspace in which an employee is expected to operate. If any potential hazards are identified, an employer is obligated to take steps to neutralise the threat. In some cases however, the presence of hazards is unavoidable: in these cases, employers must take extra steps to highlight the dangers posed by the hazard. If you believe that an employer has put your health and safety at risk by failing to conduct a risk assessment, or that they failed to address the danger posed by a potential hazard in your workplace, you may be entitled to pursue electric shock compensation.
Certainly, suffering an electric shock can be a traumatic and frightening experience. While the initial sharp pain caused by a shock lasts only a brief period, the damage to your health could be much greater. Electric shocks can vary in severity, as can the injuries. Burns ranging from minor to severe can be sustained, as can muscle spasms and in some cases bleeding. Respiratory problems and broken or fractured bones have also been known to occur.
As it is impossible to gauge the extent of your injuries yourself, it is important to undergo a thorough medical examination once an injury has been sustained. Making your way to the nearest hospital’s Accident and Emergency department immediately after suffering an injury is vital to safeguarding your health. Not only will a visit to a hospital ensure that your injuries are properly tended to however, it will also ensure that you are able to obtain a medical record — a document which may need to be referred to later in your claim for electric shock compensation. It will also enable you to negate the possibility of your employer claiming that you exacerbated your injuries through failing to have them treated at the first available opportunity.
If you believe that your employer failed in their duty of care towards you by allowing you to come to harm, and if you had your injuries treated as soon as possible after your accident, it is likely that you are eligible to claim for an electric shock at work. To find out for sure if you qualify to claim for an electric shock at work, you should speak with a personal injury claims solicitor at the first possible opportunity. Speaking with a solicitor will enable you to receive a full evaluation of your claim. In order to ensure that you have the best possible likelihood of being awarded your maximum possible entitlement for a claim for an electric shock at work, speak with a personal injury claims solicitor at the first available opportunity.