Electric Shock Compensation Claim – How Much Could I Receive?

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 16th February 2024. One of the most frightening methods of suffering a personal injury is via electric shock. It happens quickly, without warning and can have devastating effects. Electric shocks can happen at work, at home or in any public place and can lead to serious injuries which take a long time to heal.

In this guide, we’ll discuss how an electric shock injury could occur, and how electric shock injuries can affect your day-to-day life as well as your finances. You might be wondering how much compensation you could receive for a successful claim; we’ll discuss how these amounts are calculated, and what you could potentially receive.

Finally, we’ll discuss how you could make an electric shock compensation claim with the help of a personal injury solicitor. Our panel of solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, which can be beneficial if you are worried about legal fees.

Advice.co.uk can help with any electric shock compensation claim, whether it be for a minor electric shock to a more serious long-term injury. If you’d like us to start a claim for you today, call us on 0161 696 9685 and let one of our specialist advisers walk you through the claims process.

If you want to know more first, please carry on reading.

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Electric Shock Compensation Claim – Compensation Payouts

If you make a successful personal injury claim for electric shock injuries, you will be awarded general damages. This head of claim compensates you for the pain and suffering your electric shock injury has caused you.

When legal professionals, such as solicitors, value this head of claim, they could refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them. This publication provides guideline compensation brackets for a range of injuries at different severities.

We have created a table below with some figures from the 16th edition go JCG. Please only use these figures as guidance. It should also be noted that the first entry of this table has not been taken from the JCG.

 

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Type Compensation Guidelines Info
Multiple Severe Injuries And Special Damages Up to £150,000+ Multiple severe injuries as well as serious financial losses, such as lost earnings and the cost of prescriptions or cosmetic aids.
Scarring to Other Part of the Body Likely to exceed £104,830 Burns to the body. How much is awarded will be affected by factors such as the percentage of the body effects and the cosmetic impact.
Scarring to Other Part of the Body £7,830 to £22,730 Multiple noticeable laceration scars or one disfiguring scar to the hands, legs, arms, back or chest.
Scarring to Other Part of the Body £2,370 to £7,830 A single noticeable scar or multiple superficial scar to the hands, legs or arms with some minor cosmetic deficit.
Facial Disfigurement – Very Severe Scarring £29,780 to £97,330 Applicable to younger claimants in their teens to early 30s where the scarring has caused a severe psychological reaction and is very disfiguring.
Facial Disfigurement – Less Severe Scarring £17,960 to £48,420 The scarring causes a substantial disfigurement and the psychological reaction is significant.
Facial Disfigurement – Less Severe Scarring £9,110 to £30,090 The worst effects would be improved by plastic surgery but there is still some cosmetic disability.
Facial Disfigurement – Less Severe Scarring £3,950 to £13,740 Multiple small scars or one scar that does not majorly affect the person’s appearance.
Facial Disfigurement – Trivial Scarring £1,710 to £3,530 Only minor effects.

 

To learn about other damages you could claim, please read on. However, if you have questions about what to do after an electric shock in the UK, you can contact our advisors.

What Can I Claim For After Suffering An Electric Shock?

In the last section, we considered one aspect of a compensation claim known as general damages. This is designed to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity inflicted by your injuries.

It’s also possible to claim special damages. This aspect of compensation is designed to cover any financial losses or expenses incurred as a result of your injuries. Some things you can claim for include:

  • Medical Expenses. You can claim back any medical expenses, such as prescription costs, that you’ve paid for due to your accident.
  • Travel Expenses. When you’ve been injured and have to travel to and from doctors or hospital appointments, you can claim back any travelling and car parking costs. Travel expenses could also include the provision of any special travel arrangements you have to make if you’re unable to drive as you normally would.
  • Loss of Income. Whether you needed to take time off of work to recover or to visit the doctor, if your employer doesn’t pay full sick pay, you can claim any lost salary back as part of the claim.

Your personal injury solicitor will assess the effect the injuries have had on you now and in the future. This means, if you require further time off work in the future, the solicitor will include this in your electric shock injury claim.

Once a claim is settled, you can’t go back for any more compensation later, so having an injury specialist on your side should ensure you are covered for any future losses too.

With all special damages, including others not listed here, as they are financial losses it would be good if you could provide any receipts, bank statements or credit card statements that prove the expenditure. You will also need to justify how the costs were related to the accident.

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Burns from electric shock

Common Causes Of Electrocution And Electric Shock Accidents

Here are some of the most common causes of electric shock and electrocution injuries:

  • Exposed live electrical components
    Any loose wiring in a plug, socket, light fitting or another electrical device should be isolated and repaired as soon as possible. If the live cable or component is exposed, then there is a high risk of electric shock if touched.
  • Inadequate earthing
    Earthing is provided in electrical equipment to discharge any electrical energy to a mass of earth. If the earthing isn’t in place or broken, then the whole device can become live and cause an immediate electric shock upon contact.
  • Poorly maintained equipment
    All electrical equipment should be tested regularly, especially in the workplace where PAT testing should be regularly undertaken. If a fault develops, an electric shock can happen. If no testing has taken place, then a victim could seek compensation.
  • Fluids entering electrical equipment
    All electrical equipment should be kept away from water at all times and equipment likely to be used near water should be specially sealed specific for that task. If water enters any electrical device, then the risk for the user is immediate and they should stop immediately.

There are many causes of electric shock, so don’t worry if you can’t see what caused your injuries.  When you call our team, you can let them know exactly what happened and we’ll assess your electric shock injury claim for free.

Time Limits For Making An Electric Shock Compensation Claim

The Limitation Act 1980 sets out a three-year time limit for starting an electric shock compensation claim. This usually starts from the date your injury occurred.

The time limit can work differently under certain circumstances. It will be frozen indefinitely if the injured party lacks the mental capacity to start a claim on their own. A litigation friend could claim on the injured party’s behalf while the time limit remains frozen. If, however, the injured party later regains their mental capacity and a litigation friend hasn’t made a claim, then the three-year time limit will start for the injured party from the day of recovery.

If a child has suffered an electric shock injury, then the time limit for starting a claim will be put on hold until the day of their 18th birthday. A litigation friend could start a claim on the child’s behalf before they turn 18. Otherwise, the injured party will have three years to begin their own claim from the day they turn 18.

You can contact our advisors for free either online or by calling us for more advice on the process of making an electric shock claim.

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Learn How To Make An Electric Shock Compensation Claim

Make A No Win No Fee Electric Shock Compensation Claim

Now that you know more about using an electrocution compensation calculator, you might be wondering how a legal professional could help you claim. One of the personal injury solicitors from our panel may be able to help you claim compensation for an electric shock accident with a No Win No Fee agreement.

The solicitors on our panel work under a kind of arrangement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this type of contract, you don’t need to pay any upfront or ongoing fees for their work, nor do you have to pay for their services if your claim fails.

If your claim is successful, then you will pay a success fee. Your solicitor will take this directly from your electric shock injury compensation as a small percentage. However, this percentage is limited by law, which enables you to keep the majority of what you receive.

Contact Our Team

To learn more about claiming for an electric shock injury, contact our team of advisors today. They can evaluate your claim free of charge, and provide more information on claiming compensation, how much compensation you could receive, and how the personal injury solicitors on our panel could help you. 

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Advice For Victims Of Electric Shocks

We hope this guide has given you enough information to decide whether you’ll begin a claim or not.  Here are some more guides which you may find useful as further reading:

If you require any further information, please feel free to call one of our team who’ll be happy to help.