If an electric shock injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Electric shocks can lead to severe immediate injuries such as burns and cardiac arrest, and they may result in long-term neurological damage affecting many aspects of your health and daily function

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an electric shock accident, we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Claims may include compensation for emergency and ongoing medical care, loss of function, and psychological impact, and the financial impact the injury has on your life.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

You are not alone

Contact with electricity accounts for a wide range of serious workplace injuries, from burns to brain and nerve injuries (hse.gov.uk).

Many electric shock accidents in the workplace result from faulty electrical equipment, leading to serious injuries. In 2022, over 1,000 electric shock accidents were reported, with around 30 fatalities (source: hse.gov.uk).

Occupations with higher electric shock risks include electrical maintenance, construction, catering, hairdressing, and theatre production. If you suffer an electric shock at work, you might be eligible for compensation.

If you decide to make an electric shock injury claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

If you are looking for information on electric shock injury symptoms and treatment, see: electric shock first aid (nhs.uk).

Am I eligible for electric shock injury compensation?

You will be able to claim compensation if you've been injured or diagnosed with an illness in the last three years and it wasn't your fault.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

Is a claim still possible if I was partly responsible for my injury?

Understanding who is legally at fault for an accident often requires navigating through a maze of legal complexities.

Each year, Quittance carries out a survey of potential claimants. In our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents felt they might be at least partly to blame for their injuries.

You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident. Claims where there is fault on both sides (contributory negligence) are often resolved with a split liability agreement.

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Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to claim electric shock injury compensation?

In most cases, you have up to 3 years from the date of your accident or injury to start a claim.

For an injured child, the three-year limitation period begins on their 18th birthday, giving them until they are 21 to start a claim.

How much compensation can I claim for an electric shock 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.

Electric shock injury compensation calculator

Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

Updated July 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

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 lost earnings, bonuses and overtime, 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 electric shock injury, including cpr if needed, burns treatment, pain medication and monitoring heart and vitals.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Claiming compensation for psychological injuries

If you have suffered psychological harm in addition to a physical injury or illness, you are not alone.

According to our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey shows that 29.03% of potential claimants sustained a psychological injury, 70.97% of which related to a physical injury.

Electric shock injuries often result in phobia of electrical sources (electrophobia) and anxiety about potential long-term neurological effects. Visible electrical burn scars can also lead to social anxiety and depression.

Although psychiatric injuries are less obvious than physical injuries and illness, mental health conditions can be no less debilitating.

Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.

Symptoms of electric shock injury

Electric shock injuries can occur even from low voltages, with just 50 volts potentially disrupting brain-muscle signals.

Symptoms of electric shock include irregular heartbeat or cardiac arrest, breathing difficulties, burns, muscle spasms, and injuries from intense spasms like bone fractures, dislocations, or being thrown against objects or from heights.

The injury's severity depends on factors like the voltage, exposure duration, affected body parts, and whether the individual was wet or damp.

In extreme cases, severe electric shocks can lead to death, known as electrocution.

For mor information on symptoms and treatments, see NHS resources: irregular heartbeat, cardiac arrest, breathing difficulties, and burns.

Is my employer liable?

The Health and Safety Act 1974 imposes a duty of care on employers to provide a safe working environment for employees. A number of Regulations define the measures and practices which employers must comply with to ensure employee safety. These Regulations include:

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 - require employers to carry out health and safety risk assessments of workplace equipment, machinery and environments.

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations 1992 - require employers to ensure that PPE used by employees is suitable for the work tasks involved, and maintained in good working order. The Regulations require that employees receive appropriate instruction on how to use PPE provided, and understand the risks involved.

The Electricity At Work Regulations 1989 - provide employer guidelines on training employees working with electricity. The Regulations specify measures to be taken to cover live wires adequately. The Regulations also set out best practice procedures for performing risk assessments involving electrical equipment.

Claimants must prove that their electric shock injury was caused by the employer's breach of their duty of care to employees. If the employer (the defendant) is proven to be negligent, the employer will be held liable to pay personal injury compensation.

Can I claim if my electric shock accident happened at home?

A claim may be made for electric shock injuries caused by faulty electrical appliances under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. This Act requires electrical appliance manufacturers and retailers to supply products which will not cause harm to their consumers.

A claim may also be possible if you experience an electric shock as a result of faulty workmanship of construction or electrical contractors

Construction and electrical contractors are required to have professional indemnity insurance. A claim may be made for electric shock injuries caused by faulty electrical work. The defendant in the claim would be the individual contractor, or the contractor's company.

What happened?

The compensation claims process will depend on where and how your electric shock injury occurred. Click the icons below for more information:

No win, no fee electric shock injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim electric shock injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Chris Salmon, Director

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Chris Salmon, Director