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Compensation for Electric Shocks Caused by Faulty Equipment at Work

I have been told that I might be able to claim compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work as I am frequently getting shocks from a bench drill I have to use. Is this true?

Question:

I have been told that I might be able to claim compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work as I am frequently getting shocks from a bench drill I have to use. Is this true?

Answer:

In order to claim compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work, you must have sustained some form of injury due to a breach of health and safety regulations in the workplace by your employer. If you have not sustained an injury, or suffered only minimal harm, it is unlikely that a claim for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment is going to be worth your while to pursue as you continued to use the bench drill even though you were aware that it was a hazard.

Although an employer has an absolute obligation to provide his employees with a safe environment in which to work, you will probably discover in your company´s health and safety policy that you also have an obligation to report any dangerous equipment which could present a risk of injury. Unless you have reported the electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work, and your employer has failed to do anything about it, it is unlikely that a claim for compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work would be successful.

However, there may be cause to make an electric shocks caused by faulty equipment compensation claim if you have sustained a neuropathic injury. This type of injury develops over a period of time due to continued electric shocks, and most frequently affects the communication highways between the brain and nerves attached to the heart and lungs. You would be unaware of this happening to you unless a particularly large electric shock caused you to lose consciousness or a cardiac arrest, and it is recommended that you seek a medical examination for this condition as soon as possible to determine whether the electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work have actually caused you an injury.

It is also recommended that you advise your employer about the electric shocks caused by faulty equipment you are experiencing and have the bench drill withdrawn from use until it is professionally repaired. If a neuropathic injury is diagnosed, you should also record this in your employer´s “Accident Report Book” and, depending on the length of time your doctor advises you to stay away from work, your employer should advise the Health and Safety Executive of your injury.

If you are diagnosed with an injury which is attributable to the electric shocks you have been receiving from the bench drill, you should speak with a solicitor about your entitlement to claim compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work. The solicitor will assess your claim, advise you how much compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment you may be entitled to receive and tell you if this figure is likely to be reduced due to your own contributory negligence.

You solicitor will guide you through any procedures yet to be completed before a claim for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment is presented to your employer´s insurers, and thereafter negotiate the maximum possible compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work on your behalf. With a sufficiently strong claim for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment, the solicitor might also represent you on a “No Win, No Fee” basis.