Electrocution accidents often happen suddenly, leading to potentially life-altering injuries and possibly death. Electrical injuries can happen on the job – like in a construction accident – or when you are out shopping, dining and living your day to day life. Whatever the circumstances, this type of injury is often preventable if proper safety precautions are observed. But when employers, workers or property owners fail to follow regulations, they put everyone at risk of electrical injuries.
If you or a love one has been hurt in an electrocution accident through no fault of your own, you can pursue legal damages against the party responsible for your injuries. At my firm I have helped numerous clients to win lawsuits against careless companies and reckless individuals, and I can do the same for you.
Causes Of Workplace Electrocutions
OSHA considers electrocution to be one of construction’s “Fatal Four”, the four biggest contributors to workplace fatalities in the industry. Electrocution accounted for 8.6% of construction deaths in 2013. Some of the most common causes of workplace electrocutions include:
- Defective products
- Insufficient warnings and notifications
- Contact with overhead wires
- Operating equipment that impacts wiring
- Carrying equipment that impacts wiring
- Electrical repairs conducted by unqualified personnel
- Equipment that is not property maintained
Injuries Resulting From Electrocution
Electricity can be incredibly destructive to the human body. Even a small current can cause irregularities in your heartbeat, while larger currents can cause cellular damage and burns. Some of the common injuries resulting from electrocution include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Brain damage
- Memory loss
- Changes in personality
- Respiratory failure
- Spine injury
- Cardiac arrest
- Damage to internal organs
How severe your injuries will be from electrocution depend on a number of factors, including how much voltage is involved, how long you are in contact with the electricity and how it travels through your body.
One of the most worrisome aspects of electrocution injury is that the full damage may not be apparent for some time. Victims have been known to have delayed effects, such as personality changes or loss of cognitive function. Even if you feel alright after being electrocuted, seeing a medical professional is a necessity to determine what damage has been done and to arrest further damage as much as possible.
Necessity For Safe Workplaces And Premises
Specific rules and regulations are in place to protect workers and the public from electrocution. But poor maintenance, rushed work sites and unqualified electrical repair can all expose innocent people to devastating injuries. Failure to observe all regulations for electricity is not only irresponsible, it is negligent – meaning you can pursue damages against those responsible for your injuries.
My firm works with clients who have been electrocuted at the work place and clients who have been electrocuted on the premises of a business. You have a right to safety at work and in your everyday life, particularly from such a well-known hazard.
Establishing Fault In Your Case
For you to have a successful legal case, you will need to prove that another party was negligent and exposed you to danger of electrocution. The help of an experienced attorney can prove invaluable in these circumstances. I have helped numerous clients demonstrate the negligence of employers and property owners, and I am here to help you do the same.
Using proven investigative techniques and collecting witness testimony, I will prove your argument to the court and get you the compensation you need for your medical care, missed work and pain and suffering.
Contact Me Today
If you or a loved one has sustained an electrical injury due to the negligence of another party, please contact me now. I offer a free initial consultation, where we can determine if you have a case and what your next steps should be.