Can I claim for electric shock at work compensation when my shock was caused by using faulty equipment?
You may qualify to claim for electric shock at work compensation provided that the injury you sustained from the electric shock was treated by a professional medical practitioner. You should not begin to consider claiming compensation for an electric shock until you have had a full medical examination. If you suffered an electric shock at work and did not seek medical attention, your claiming compensation would likely be impossible. If you have not yet seen a doctor, you should do so as soon as possible.
As the human body is specifically sensitive to electric shocks, even relatively minor electric shocks can cause severe damage, which the victim may not be aware of until sometime after the shock occurred; this is why, when making a compensation claim for electric shock at work, it is essential to make sure that medical attention can be afforded by the victim, and it is your right to be reimbursed for the pain and suffering caused by the accident if you were not responsible for it.
Once your injuries have been seen to, you will need to determine the reasons why you came to suffer an electric shock and if it was the result of your employer’s negligence. However, although any electrical equipment which gives an employee an electric shock is certainly hazardous, the employer may not be the party at fault. The manufacturer of the faulty equipment or the maintenance company may be, in fact, the entity responsible for your electric shock injuries.
It can be difficult to establish who the negligent party is in your claim for electric shock at work compensation, and may seem a formidable task when you are recuperating. Making your claim via the Injuries Board Ireland can be confusing, as you are likely to have never claimed compensation before. For this reason, you would be well advised to engage with an experienced solicitor to prepare and pursue your personal injury compensation claim and to help establish whom the claim should be made against.