While helping to construct a new building I suffered an electric shock after drilling through a cable under the floor – the cable was in the wrong location – I have been off from work since. Am I eligible to claim for an electric shock injury?
While helping to construct a new building I suffered an electric shock after drilling through a cable under the floor – the cable was in the wrong location – I have been off from work since, am I eligible to claim for an electric shock injury?
If you can demonstrate that somebody else is to blame for your accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation. To do this you will need to gather evidence to substantiate your claim for compensation. Photographs of the cable under the floor, testimonies of people who witnessed the accident and blueprints of the building showing where the cable should be located are all factors that could support your claim for an electric shock injury.
If a different company was responsible for the wiring of the building, your claim for compensation must be made against them, otherwise you will make it against your employer if they are responsible. It is natural to be apprehensive about making a compensation claim against your employer; however you must remember that your claim is against your employer’s insurance company and not the employer themselves. UK law also states that there should be no repercussions for an employee who rightfully makes a claim for compensation against an employer.
Once you have received adequate professional medical care you are advised to make a record of the incident the employer’s ‘Accident Report Book’ and also to speak with a personal injury solicitor. He or she will be able to advise whether it is worth your while pursuing a claim for an electric shock injury by examining the circumstances surrounding the accident and the injuries you have suffered.
If you been absent from work for more than three days due to the accident, your employer must notify the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). They may be prompted to carry out a health and safety investigation and while their findings could have a significant impact on your claim, it does not mean your claim for compensation will be a success.
Along with compensation for physical pain suffered and damages for the loss of income you may also be eligible to compensation for a ‘loss of amenity’ if the injuries you sustained mean you are no longer able to participate in hobbies or social activities that were part of your life before the accident. It is advised that you maintain a diary to record the effect the injury has on you, as this will significantly aid your claim for compensation.
There are other potential variables that could affect your claim and to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to, it is advised that you speak with a personal injury solicitor without delay.