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£22,000 Compensation For An Electric Shock At Work Accident

By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 20th April 2022. At Legal Expert, we have successfully helped many people make electric shock at work accident claims after they have been electrocuted at work. In this case, the claimant was an employee who was subjected to a 650-volt electrical shock whilst in the course of carrying out their duties. The electrical shock caused burn injuries to the claimant’s thumb and fingers.

Electric Shock At Work Accident Claims

They alleged that the accident and resulting injuries were caused by a lack of suitable PPE. After negotiation, the claimant’s electric shock compensation claim amount of £22,000 in damages was awarded.

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How Common Are Electric Shock Compensation Claims?

Cases of being electrocuted at work are a much rarer form of workplace injury. According to statistics from the HSE for 2016/17 (Health and Safety Executive), we can see that being electrocuted at work is the rarest type of fatal injury at work.

Electric shock injuries can range in severity and can very often require urgent medical attention as a first step. The electric shock compensation claim, in this case, was brought by an employee working on railway repairs. This is a profession wherein there were two fatalities due to this type of injury in 2014/15.

Establishing Liability In An Electric Shock Compensation Claim Case

The claimant alleged that their employers working practices and systems were unsafe. They also alleged that the defendant (employer) had failed to provide the worker making the claim with fellow employees who had the correct training to carry out the necessary duties. As part of the claim, medical evidence was obtained to support the claimants’ allegation.

The medical reports confirmed that the claimant had been left with fingers which were prone to being stiff as well as leaving them with a lasting degree of numbness in their fingers. These affected their ability to work as well.

What Injuries Can Be Sustained In Electric Shock At Work Compensation Cases?

Electric shock injury compensation claims can involve a variety of injuries. At the time of the accident and resulting injury, the claimant was employed by the defendant. They were in the course of carrying out their usual duties which involved the testing of cabling for a railway. Whilst the claimant was dispensing these duties, a fellow employee turned the power back on. This caused the claimant to receive an electric shock of 650 volts.

The electric shock injury that the claimant suffered caused burns to their thumb and fingers which were handling the wire. The claimant/ victim suffered from these burns and due to their serious nature needed to have skin graft surgery to graft new skin onto the burned areas on their index finger and thumb.

As well as the physical injuries, the claimant also claimed that they had suffered from psychological trauma. This trauma had manifested in the form of nightmares. Subsequently, the worker was diagnosed to be suffering from PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These symptoms did abate after some time.

How Much Can I Claim For An Electric Shock?

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How much you can claim for electric shock injuries and accidents will vary depending on your individual case. In this case, the defendant did not dispute their liability and immediately admitted that they were liable for the accident. The only issue which they raised was the electric shock claim amount that needed to be agreed upon between the two parties and how much compensation for electric shock would be awarded. After the defendant (employer) had admitted their liability for the accident they were able to enter into negotiations with solicitors acting on behalf of the claimant. The two parties worked to reach a settlement which was amicable. Unfortunately, an agreement could not be reached by the two parties, despite the goodwill between them.

As such, the claimant requested that her solicitors commence proceedings in the County Court to recover the compensation amount she was seeking. This provides an answer to the common question, “I have had an electric shock at work, can I sue”. The case was heard in the local County Court branch two years after the accident occurred. In the County Court case, the claim was heard two years after the accident happened and the injuries were sustained.

The judge reviewed and accepted the evidence, including the medical evidence. They took into account the fact that the claimant would continue to have a numb feeling in her hand and that the scarring which was seen would also be permanent. During the case, the judge noted that the claimant had not since been able to return to her full job role, and was so far unable to carry out her pre-accident job description/ role.

How An Electric Shock Claim Is Calculated

Legal professionals make use of a variety of resources when they calculate how much you should be awarded for your physical and psychological injuries. One of these resources is a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

The JCG contains various figures that relate to how much claims regarding certain injuries have been worth in the past. The amount that’s awarded is called general damages. We’ve included some example entries in the compensation table below so you can have a better understanding of how the JCG is laid out.

Alternatively, you can also head to our online compensation calculator.

InjuryDescriptionAmount
BurnsInjuries that lead to ongoing psychological damage as well as physical injury. The amount you receive will depend on the severity of the injury, as well as the percentage of your body that is affectedLikely to exceed £98,380
Psychiatric damage(c) Moderate - there will have been more severe issues, but there will be a good prognosis£5,500 to £17,900
Psychiatric damage(d) Less severe£1,440 to £5,500
Post-traumatic stress disorder(a) Severe - lasting effects£56,180 to £94,470
Post-traumatic stress disorder(d) Less severe, a full recovery within 2 years. If there are any lasting symptoms, they will be minor£3,710 to £7,680
Mental anguishWhen there is an expectation that you may die or have your life shortened£4,380

You may also be eligible to receive special damages. This is an amount that’s made up of losses and expenses you experience due to your injuries. For example, a loss of earnings, medical costs, and travel expenses.

Get in touch for more information, including what evidence you will need to present during your special damages claim.

Common Causes Of An Electric Shock At Work Accident

In general the greater the voltage sustained, the greater the injury sustained. Electrical shock accidents can result in electrical injuries such as an electric shock, electrical burns, a loss of muscle control and even thermal burns. The HSE details these injuries and accidents here.

No Win No Fee Electric Shock At Work Accident Claims

If you have suffered an electric shock at work you need to talk to the specialists at Legal Expert today. We can help you to claim the compensation you are entitled to. Our No Win No Fee services mean you won’t have to pay anything upfront or during the claim. Your fees will also be claimed back from the other party. Contact Legal Expert today find out the average compensation for electric shock accidents.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should you do if you get an electric shock at work?

Your priority following an electric shock should always be to seek medical attention. Once you have been seen by a medical professional, this is when you can start to look into compensation claims.

Even if it appears initially that you have escaped the accident unscathed, it could be that you experienced delayed electric shock symptoms such as:

  • Heart issues
  • Problems with breathing
  • Burns

It’s always best to be seen by a medical professional following any accident so they can detect any possible injuries that you may not initially know you have sustained. If left untreated then they could become worse.

What is the average compensation for an electric shock?

The value of a personal injury claim for an electric shock can depend on a number of factors. For instance:

  • Were you badly injured?
  • Did you make a full recovery?
  • What parts of your body were affected?

The answers to all of these questions can influence how much you are awarded as a result. Get in touch with our advisors today. Once they know more about your injuries, how they were sustained, and how severe the impact on your health and life are, they will be able to offer you bespoke guidance.

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Talk to Legal Expert today and start your compensation claim for an electric shock at work accident. Call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 or email us about your case. You can also message us using our online chat feature.

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