A Guide to Claiming Electrician Work Injury Compensation
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a work injury we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a work injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.
Electricians face the risk of electric shock in the course of their work, but a wide range of work accidents can also occur as also encounter other hazards on the many sites where they may be expected to work.
Although workers have a duty to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions, working to tight schedules with other tradesmen and contractors may increase the likelihood of accident when health and safety regulations are neglected.
Do I have an electrician work injury claim?
It should be possible to make an electrician work injury claim if you were injured:
- in the last three years and;
- someone else was to blame.
Even if these two points don't apply to you, you may still be able to make a claim.
To find out for sure, speak to a legally trained adviser on 0800 612 7456.
A brief phone consultation will tell you exactly where you stand. There is no obligation to start a claim.
You can also find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker.
The amount of money you could claim for your electrician work injury will depend on:
- the extent of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your electrician work injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after an electrician work injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?
If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.
The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.
General damages for a severe burns injury can be £20,000
For a less noticeable scarring, in isolation, you would typically receive £2,500.
However, if you have a severe burns injury and a less noticeable scarring, you would typically receive £20,000 + a reduced percentage of £2,500.
Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries.Read more about multiple injury claims
What is the average injury compensation for an electrician work injury claim?
The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.
However, the money you would receive following an electrician work injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your electrician work injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life, your ability to work, and the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
See the injury table above for some examples.
Should I set up a personal injury trust?
If you are receiving means-tested benefits and are awarded compensation following an electrician work injury injury, your benefits could be affected. In order to ring fence your compensation and protecting your benefits, you may be able to set up a "Personal Injury Trust" or "PI Trust". Read more: Should I set up a personal injury trust?
Electrician work injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an electrician work injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your electrician work injury claim could be worth now:
How long does an electrician injury claim take?
The length of time needed to secure compensation for an electrician injured at work can vary considerably.
If your employer accepts liability, a claim could be completed in a month or two. If the employer denies liability, a claim can take longer. Typically, a work accident claim takes 6 to 9 months. See more:How long will my claim take?
Will I still be able to claim for an electrician work injury after the law changes in April 2020?
The law relating to personal injury claims is changing in April 2020.
You will no longer be able to claim no win, no fee compensation using a solicitor for lower value claims (under £5,000).
In addition, compensation for whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries will be reduced.
Caring and sensitive support
Your solicitor will handle your electrician work injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:
- Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
- Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
- Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
- Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.
Live power sources
In addition to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAW) place duties on employers, employees and self-employed people to protect workers from death and injury caused by electricity. They state that work being carried out on or near electrical systems and electrical equipment should be done in such a way as to avoid unreasonable risks.
Electric shocks and electrocution occur where the power source is live. An electrician working safely should either isolate the supply or switch it off. If an electrician has been told by a responsible party, such as a site manager, that the power is off in the area where he is working - and it is not - it is likely compensation can be claimed for resulting injuries.
Ensuring tools are maintained to a high standard of repair is vital and failure to do so may be evidence of an employer's negligence. Diagnostic equipment that does not work properly may give false information and potentially lead to electric shocks.
Burns and internal injuries
Most common injuries are burns caused by the current passing along the skin's surface and these may be minor. However, where the current passes to earth it may cause deep burns over a wide area. If the current passes through the body there may be serious deep injury to organs or to muscles and bone, which is not visible on the skin.
Other immediate effects are those on the cardiac and nervous system, with acute MI (myocardial infarction), respiratory arrest and strokes all being reported. Haemorrhage may occur where the current entered the body.
Delayed complications may include kidney failure due to renal damage, and spinal cord injury. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or other chronic pain symptoms may develop weeks or months later.
Electric shocks usually result in the electrician being thrown backwards from the source and he may sustain secondary injuries.
Working at height
The purpose of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to prevent death and injury to workers by falls from a height by proper planning and supervision and by using the right type of equipment.
Electricians often work at height; installing or repairing electrical cables or equipment in ceilings and roof spaces. The work may be in a confined or badly lit area, adding to the hazards. Failure to provide the correct platforms, ladders, and where appropriate, safety harnesses, may be evidence of an employer's negligence.
Fragile floorboards and unstable stairs may present further risk of falling where electricians are rewiring old buildings.
Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety trainers, which offer more feel underfoot on ladders and steps than steel toecap boots, may also reduce the risk of falls from height.
Exposure to asbestos
The Health and Safety Executive has run several campaigns to raise awareness of asbestos exposure and urges electricians to wear filtering dust masks, preferably face fitted.
Working in buildings constructed before 1999 may expose electricians to asbestos. Although there is a legal requirement for building owners to identify and log the whereabouts of asbestos, it is not always known. An electrician who unwittingly drills into asbestos risks inhaling or ingesting the fibres.
Symptoms of asbestos related illness take many years to develop, so it is important that any potential asbestos exposure is noted in medical records.
Bumps, cuts and lacerations
EAW regulations state that any personal protective equipment (PPE) provided must be suitable and properly maintained and used to prevent and minimise injury
Electricians working in tight spaces such as service voids and ducts cannot wear a traditional hard hat, so instead should be provided with a well-fitting bump cap to protect the head from injury.
Ordinary work gloves do not allow electricians the dexterity they need to carry out their work and therefore may not be worn. Issuing cut resistant gloves that allow feel and grip will encourage use and protect the hands from puncture wounds and lacerations from sharp edges and tools.
Since safety glasses can be made to any prescription these should be provided to protect the eyes - and allow the electrician to see what he is doing.
No win, no fee - the facts
No win, no fee means that your solicitor will not charge you anything at all if your electrician work injury claim is unsuccessful. 'No win, no fee' is also known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA'.
Our no win, no fee promise
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of making an electrician work injury compensation claim.
What do I pay if I win my electrician work injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your claim is settled. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my electrician work injury claim?
If your electrician work injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
Why do most solicitors charge 25%?
25% success fees are charged by most law firms as this is the maximum fee that the Ministry of Justice allows them to charge. electrician work injury claims can take a solicitor hundreds of hours work and they receive nothing if the case is lost. The success fee will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may vary. Call us for more information.
What is Legal Aid available for?
In 2000, the government abolished the right to legal aid in personal injury law cases. Depending on an individual's circumstances, Legal Aid may be available for discrimination cases, criminal cases, family mediation and court or tribunal representation.
How can Quittance help?
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning work accident claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:
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Electrician work injury FAQ's
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make an electrician work injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the electrician work injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your electrician work injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for an electrician work injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you are still able to claim electrician work injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an electrician work injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an early compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
About the author
Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.
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