Is it possible to claim compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work?
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief
You may be entitled to claim compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work; however you must have sustained a personal injury due to the electric shocks which was treated by a doctor. Only when you have received a full medical examination and had your injuries treated should you consider claiming compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work. Should an electric shock at work have been suffered and medical attention not have been sought, it is unlikely that a claim for electric shock injury compensation will be possible. If you have not yet visited a doctor you should so without delay.
The human body is particularly sensitive to electric shocks, and even relatively minor electric shocks can cause serious damage to be sustained; damage which may not be immediately apparent. Electric shocks can cause blood to clot and blood vessels and nerves to sustain permanent damage. A claim for compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work can be vital to ensure that medical treatment can be afforded, and it is your right to recover compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the accident if it was not your fault.
Once your injuries have been treated, you will need to establish how you came to suffer electric shocks at work, and whether this was the result of your employer´s negligence. Any electrical equipment which gives an employee an electric shock is undoubtedly dangerous; however this may not mean that it is the employer who is to blame for the accident. It may be the manufacturer of the equipment or the maintenance company who are liable for your electric shock injuries caused by faulty office equipment rather than your employer.
Determining who the negligent third party is in a claim for compensation for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work can be problematic, and when you are recovering from your injuries it can be a daunting task. Making a claim through the Injuries Board can be confusing if, like most people, you have never claimed compensation before. It is one of the reasons why most accident victims in Ireland choose to use a personal injury solicitor to prepare and pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. A solicitor will have experience of making claims through the Injuries Board and of litigation through the Irish court system should this be required. We therefore advise you to speak with a personal injury solicitor about making a electric shock at work claim to help determine against whom the claim for electric shocks caused by faulty equipment at work should be made and to receive assistance with the claims process.