Faulty Wiring Claim *
Faulty wiring is extremely dangerous and can be the cause of an electric shock or a fire and can give rise to faulty wiring injury claims *. Prior to employing an electrician, the first protocol should be to ask for their qualifications and training passes. If unsure about the credibility of their experience it is recommended to get a second opinion or review them online.
An electric shock can be brought about due to faulty wiring, overloaded sockets, badly maintained equipment and water damage. Injuries can range from minor to severe. Electricians have a duty of care to provide a safe and adequate service when installing electrical equipment. When a person suffers an injury through no fault of their own the electrical company may be held liable. Some of the most common injuries sustained from a faulty wiring accident * include:
It is important that all property owners or occupiers are aware of potential signs that could indicate a faulty wiring accident is likely to happen. Each year there are hundreds of injuries due to bad wiring circuits. If you think an electrical appliance is not working correctly the first thing to do is to unplug it from the socket if safe to do so. Furthermore, the use and maintaining of smoke alarms should be frequently tested and updated. To identify the threat of a faulty wiring board these are some of the indicators you should be aware of:
- Sensation of extra heat
- Flickering lights
- Unusual smells coming from appliances or sockets
- Feeling a tingle when touching an electrical appliance.
What to do after a faulty wiring accident
Seek medical attention
The main priority in a situation like this is the well being of your own health. The time period after the injury has happened is invaluable in regards to damage limitation. If there is an electrical fire which is small enough to combat a Type C fire extinguisher should be used or a smoother the fire with a blanket. Any necessary treatment should be administered with your consent which will be obtained at a later date.
Report the incident
Whether the incident occurred at home or in the workplace, the emergency services should be called to the scene. By doing this it will ensure that the fire is thoroughly extinguished with no chance of reigniting. Furthermore, the electrician who installed the wiring board should be notified. This will make sure that the accident will not happen again. If the accident is severe the Health and Safety authorities or an insurance company may wish to carry out an investigation to find out why it occurred.
Any documents that provide a clearer picture of what happened will stand as beneficial evidence. Medical reports can be collected upon request. These reports might then be sent to a medical professional for their expert opinion. Photographic evidence of the damage caused is the most valuable documents that will assist in the claims process.
Contact a personal injury solicitor to discuss your case and next steps.
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