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Injuries from faulty wiring are preventable accidents that can result in electrocution or fire, leading to claims for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and additional losses.
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a faulty wiring accident, we can help. Whether your injuries were caused by a defective product, someone else's actions or negligence or another cause, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
You can make a compensation claim for an accident at home with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
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Faulty wiring is dangerous and can lead to electric shock or fire. If you are affected by faulty wiring, what is the best way to claim compensation?
Accidents in the home resulting from faulty wiring are common but can be prevented by ensuring that any wiring is assembled and assessed by a qualified electrician. If you are injured by faulty wiring that was installed by an electrician, builder or other party, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
Do I have a faulty wiring injury claim?
As a basic rule, you will be eligible to make an injury claim if you were injured:
- within the last 3 years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.
My injury was partly my fault - can I still claim?
Cases where the defendant and claimant are both partly to blame are actually quite commonplace in personal injury claims.
In our 2023 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents believed they were partly responsible for their injuries, or were uncertain.
You can often still claim compensation even if you were partly to blame, as cases with shared fault usually settle with a split-liability agreement.
How long after a faulty wiring injury do I have to start a claim?
In most cases, you have 3 years from the date of your accident or injury.
If you were injured when you were under 18, a parent, guardian or adult 'litigation friend' can make a claim on your behalf. Once you turn 18, you have until your 21st birthday to start an injury claim.
How much compensation can I claim for a faulty wiring injury?
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the seriousness 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 injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.
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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 awarded to compensate you for any costs or losses you've incurred or might incur as a result of your accident. These costs might include loss of earnings (including future anticipated earnings loss), retraining costs, career trajectory impact, or any other out of pocket expenses.
Special damages may also be awarded for medical treatments or procedures that you might need to treat your injury, including emergency care, burn care, diagnostic imaging tests and surgical intervention.
Electric Shock caused by faulty wiring
Electric shock can be the result of faulty wiring, overloaded sockets, badly maintained equipment and water damage. Electric shock injuries can range from minor to severe and an individual could be left with permanent damage.
If a claimant has received an electric shock injury due to someone else's negligence, for example an electrician, it may be possible to make a personal injury compensation claim.
The amount of compensation available will be dependent on the severity of the injury and the overall effect of the incident i.e. recovery time or inability to work. Compensation can also be claimed for medical expenses and any other costs incurred as a result of the accident.
Fire caused by faulty wiring
A fire can leave permanent damage to a household and leave an individual with life changing injuries. If an individual has suffered a fire related injury that was caused by inadequate or dangerous electrical work made by another person then the claimant has every right to seek compensation from those responsible.
Again, the compensation payment will be dependent on the type of the injury and the overall effect of the incident.
The claims process for a faulty wiring injury will depend on where and how the accident happened. Click the icons below for more information:
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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.