Electrocution accidents can result in devastating injuries and even fatalities, leaving individuals and families grappling with physical, emotional, and financial challenges. At Brian Barr Solicitors, we provide expert legal guidance and support to those who have suffered due to electrocution accidents, helping them seek the compensation they deserve for their pain and losses.
If you have been injured due to an electric shock through no fault of your own, whether in a public place such as a shopping centre or a restaurant, or at work, then we can help. We specialise in helping clients throughout England and Wales with personal injury and insurance claims, and often funding can be through our no win no fee scheme.
Negligence resulting in electrocution accidents can have life-altering consequences, leading to severe injuries or tragic loss of life. At Brian Barr Solicitors, we are committed to holding accountable those whose actions or oversights have caused harm. Our experienced legal team diligently investigates the circumstances surrounding these incidents, leveraging our expertise to establish a compelling case for negligence.
We advocate relentlessly for our clients, seeking rightful compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and other damages incurred as a result of such preventable accidents. Your safety matters, and we’re here to ensure that negligent parties are held responsible for the profound impact their actions have had on your life.
Electrocution accidents can stem from a range of causes, often originating from various instances of negligence and unsafe practice. Some common causes of electrocution accidents include:
At Brian Barr Solicitors, we’ve seen first-hand the devastating effects electrocution accidents can have on individuals and families.
Many types of injuries can arise from electrocution and electric shocks, varying greatly in severity. The intensity of the current, exposure time, and the victim’s health conditions can all affect the severity and type of injury suffered. Some common injuries caused by electrocution accidents include:
Burns: Burns as a result of electric shocks are very common, and can range from rather mild to life-threatening.
Cardiac arrest: Electric shocks from high-voltage current can affect the heart’s rhythm, and cause a cardiac arrest in some cases.
Muscle and nerve damage: Electrical currents passing through the body can damage muscles, nerves, and tissues, causing pain, numbness, or loss of function.
Internal organ injuries: Electric shocks can affect internal organs, sometimes leading to complications such as kidney damage, gastrointestinal problems, and more.
Respiratory distress: Electrocution can affect the respiratory muscles, leading to difficulty breathing or even respiratory failure.
Neurological injuries: Severe electrical shocks can impact the nervous system, leading to neurological disorders, cognitive impairments, or even paralysis.
Fractures and trauma: Electrocution can cause violent muscle contractions that result in falls or other accidents, leading to fractures, head injuries, and other forms of trauma.
Vision and hearing issues: High-voltage shocks can damage sensory organs, potentially leading to vision or hearing impairment.
Psychological trauma: Survivors of electrocution accidents may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other psychological injuries due to the traumatic event.
Secondary injuries: Electrocution accidents can also result in secondary injuries, such as injuries sustained from falls or other accidents that occur as a result of the shock.
It’s important to note that electrocution injuries can have long-term consequences, impacting an individual’s quality of life, ability to work, and overall well-being. Seeking medical attention immediately after an electrocution accident is crucial, even if no visible injuries are apparent, as some effects may not be immediately apparent. If you or a loved one has suffered from an electrocution accident due to negligence, contacting Brian Barr who are specialist personal injury experts can help you seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
Workplace accidents resulting in electrocution often occur due to a combination of unsafe practices, inadequate training, and negligence in maintaining electrical systems, for example:
Outdated or faulty wiring systems can expose workers to the risk of electrocution. Wiring that is not up to code, damaged insulation, or improper connections can lead to electrical shocks, for example an office worker can be electrocuted when they attempt to plug in a malfunctioning computer charger due to frayed wires.
Inadequate grounding of electrical equipment can result in the buildup of excess electrical charge, increasing the risk of electrocution, and cases such as these are often found within construction sites. Construction workers can be electrocuted when operating a power tool with a damaged grounding wire, leading to an electrical discharge through their body.
Workers in construction, maintenance, or other outdoor industries can be at risk when working near overhead power lines without proper precautions, especially if they are operating cranes.
Malfunctioning or improperly maintained equipment can of course pose electrocution hazards to workers who come into contact with them and we have seen factory workers electrocuted while using a faulty machine that had not been properly inspected and repaired.
Safety at work should always be a top priority for businesses, but sometimes unfortunately it is not. Lack of training and inadequate safety protocols can expose workers to unnecessary risks, especially in environments where electrical hazards are prevalent. An inexperienced maintenance worker can be electrocuted while attempting to repair an electrical panel without proper training or safety gear.
Accidents involving water and electrical sources, such as wet floors near exposed wiring, can increase the risk of electrocution, and can be common in restaurants with employees being electrocuted when they step onto a wet floor near a faulty electrical outlet.
When we assess your Electrocution Claim, we will make sure that you have a valid claim for compensation, and that we can help you buid a strong case.
You generally have 3 years from the date of the incident to make a claim, however some exceptions may apply to your claim. Our Electrocution Claim Solicitors will then ensure your claim satisfies the following criteria:
There are a number of factors which may affect your total compensation payout for electrocution. Most importantly, this will be calculated based on the severity of your injuries and the effect they have had on your life. How severe the negligence and the breach of duty of care was will also be considered.
Compensation for electrocution injuries may cover various categories of damages, and when building our case, we will generally look at the following:
At Brian Barr Solicitors, we will offer you clear advice to support you throughout the whole process. One of our experts will evaluate your claim to see how strong it is and the likelihood of you winning. If your case is accepted by us, we will assign you a specialist solicitor to consider your case personally. They would then work with our team of experts, including medical professionals, to build a strong case, and get you the damages owed to you.
When you already have enough on your mind following an electrocution accident, we don’t want you to have to worry further about covering the cost of your compensation claim. At Brian Barr Solicitors there are various options available to you including a ‘no win no fee’ arrangement (also known as a Conditional Fee Arrangement) whereby you would pay a limited capped proportion of your damages to us if you win, and absolutely nothing if you lose.
Even if you are using your insurance policy to pursue an electrocution claim, you are not obligated to use the solicitor they provide or recommend. Because of the complexity of these cases, you should only have the support of expert Electrocution Claims Solicitors. You may run the risk of having your claim be undervalued, and ending up with a smaller amount of compensation for your accident. Brian Barr Solicitors have recovered over £100,000 in damages when other firms had advised to settle for no more than £10,000.