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Many people believe of electrocutions as unusual and uncommon occurrences. The fact is that electrocutions do occur more frequently than most people recognize. Electricity is present in virtually every area of life, from houses to businesses to trucks. These days, we’re always plugging something into something else.
What if our electricity ends up harming us as a result of someone’s carelessness? Electric shocks can cause excruciating pain and long-term damage, as well as death. Was it really an accident, or was someone else’s mistake to blame for the harm? Contact Texas Personal Injury Lawyers immediately at (888) 997-2148 for a free case evaluation if you or someone you care about has been affected by an electrical accident or was killed as a result of electrocution. There may be more to the situation than meets the eye, so meeting with an expert lawyer might make a significant difference.
What Jobs Are Most At Risk For Electrocution?
Unsafe and unmonitored working conditions are to blame for most electrocution injuries, so if you or someone you know has been injured at work, the responsibility may lie with someone else. Workplace injuries are routinely investigated. For instance:
According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, approximately 54% of electrical fatalities from 2003 through 2018 were construction-related. The statistics reveal that 9% of electrical injuries in 2018 resulted in death.
Electrocution is the third most common cause of construction worker deaths, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Each year, OSHA conducts thousands of inspections of building sites. The top ten most frequently cited OSHA infractions are typically electrical safety concerns, such as wiring methods. Construction employees are four times more likely to be electrocuted than those in any other sector. The danger is greatest among 16- to 19-year-old construction workers.
Other high risk industries include:
- Mass Transit
- Industrial manufacturing
- First responders
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are 350 electricity-related deaths each year – or about one death every day. Electrocutions at work are a very real hazard, whether it’s due to poor training, insufficient supervision, defective safety measures, or simply bad workmanship.In such situations, it is highly recommended that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Construction Site Electrical Accidents:
Electrical shock injuries are common among construction workers. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, 54% of all fatal electrical injuries and 20% of non-fatal electrical injuries occur in the construction sector.
Electric shock injuries are quite prevalent in the workplace. Employers are obligated to provide a safe working environment for their workers. Electric shock injuries frequently occur at construction sites as a result of employers’ failure to adhere to OSHA requirements. An employer may be held responsible for any injuries incurred by an employee while on the job if he or she fails to provide a safe workplace.
Workers’ compensation claims are available to construction workers and others who get hurt on the job due to an electrical accident. If the electrocution injury was caused by a third party’s negligence, the injured individual may be able to file a personal injury claim as well. An experienced electrical accident lawyer can assist you in receiving the workers’ compensation that you are entitled to and may help you bring a third-party personal injury claim so that you are compensated for your damages.
If someone you loved was killed in an electrical accident, a personal injury lawyer might assist the victim’s family members in filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Dangerous Consumer Products:
Contact with defective or hazardous consumer goods, such as kitchen appliances, electrical tools, televisions, hair-dryers, and other electrically-powered items, is a typical source of electric shock. Manufacturers must develop and sell non-defective and non-hazardous products. Manufacturers may be held responsible for electric shock injuries if they design a dangerous product or fail to adequately warn customers of the risks involved with it.
What Are The Electrocution Risks At Home?
Home may provide a false sense of security and can lead to real hazards of electrocution, especially among children. According to studies published by Johns Hopkins Hospital, 20% of electrical injuries in children occur at home. Electrical cords, outlets, and wires are the main causes. In situations of children who have bitten electrical cables, significant injuries, including facial deformation, have been documented. Some frequent causes of electrocution in the house include:
- Plugging too many appliances or technology devices into a single outlet
- Forcing a plug into an outlet when it doesn’t fit
- Using cords that are in poor quality or condition (fraying, for example)
- Using electrical appliances near water
- Using indoor cords for outdoor use
We’re also facing a new danger with the rise of electric cars. What if the high-voltage battery and power system in an electric vehicle goes down, or if a repairman fails to maintain or repair it correctly? What appears to be an accident may be negligence. An accident lawyer can evaluate the situation and advise you on the next steps.
Common Types Of Electrical Injuries
Our attorneys identify and discuss the most frequent sorts of electrical injuries that may occur when you come into direct or indirect contact with high-voltage electrical current.
- Burns: High voltages are considered to be 1,000 volts or more. They frequently cause flash- or flame-induced surface burns as well as significant necrosis (tissue death) of deeper tissues at the point of contact.
- Orthopedic: Electrical injuries to the bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments are examples of this. There can also be acute renal (kidney) failure, eye injury, brain damage, and neurological damage as a result of contact with electric lines.
- Thermal: This is a form of burn that occurs when you come into contact with heated things like electricity, boiling water, steam, fire, or even hot items. A thermal injury is caused along the electric route and ground.
- Flash or flame: The most frequent types of burn damage are flash burns, flame burns, and electrical burns. They occur in 40% of those who suffer from electrocution.
- Loss of consciousness: Because of brain damage in approximately one-third of electrical accident victims, this happens. Many sufferers of peripheral neuropathies (neuropathy, numbness, and pain caused by nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet), which are most frequently linked with the initial touch point, have also reported similar symptoms.
- Fractures: Fractures occur in about 25% of electrical injury claims.
- Musculoskeletal: The most common injuries caused by power lines include muscular, bone, tendon, blood vessel, nerve, and soft-tissue problems. They affect 40% of electrical injury cases.
- Multiple amputations: The odds of suffering an amputation are 11 percent if you have an electrical accident.
- Secondary damages from falling: When you fall after coming into touch with power lines as a result of a startled reaction, either from being elevated or standing on the ground, secondary damages frequently arise. Furthermore, myocardial infarction (heart attack), disc herniation, hip fractures, extremity fractures, and/or other secondary injuries are not uncommon.
- Ventricular fibrillation: Ventricular fibrillation is a type of cardiac arrhythmia in which the ventricles’ cardiac muscle quivers rather than contracting correctly, producing a hissing or buzzing sound. Ventricular fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia found in cardiac arrest patients, yet it can be caused by electrical injury and is determined by how long the heart’s electrical current flows through the muscle.
- Arc blast or flash: A person who is near an electric fault receives radiant heat burns (when a power line contacts the ground or an object that is connected to the ground, a “ground fault” occurs) and thus gets damaged by an electric arc blast or flash.
First Aid For Electrocution Injuries
If you or someone you know has been injured by an electrical source, call 911 immediately for assistance. In addition to calling 911, remember to follow these steps:
- Don’t touch or move the person who has suffered an electrical injury unless he or she is in imminent peril. It’s possible that a secondary electrical shock would be delivered if the injured person is still in contact with the electricity.
- If the electrical injury was caused by a high-voltage wire, do not approach the wires until the electricity has been shut off and a professional electrician has assessed the situation. If there is a fault in the electrical wiring, keep at least 20 feet away from it.
How Do I Find The Best Electrocution Lawyer?
When a loved one is killed or injured as a result of an electric shock accident with a power company, dealing with the aftermath can be overwhelming.However, an experienced electrocution lawyer can deal with the power company while you recuperate, ensuring that it is accountable for its carelessness.
Contact our lawyers now for help. (888) 997-2148 is the phone number for assistance. We’ll take all the time you need to answer any queries and there’s absolutely no cost or obligation involved.
Meanwhile, our attorneys have offered the following suggestions to help you identify the finest attorney for your specific needs.
Why Should I call An Electrocution Lawyer Now?
Utility companies send their own attorneys and experts to the scene after an electrocution accident, often altering evidence in order to avoid responsibility. However, An experienced electrocution lawyer with the resources and skills to go toe-to-toe with deep-pocketed utility firms can defend you against these aggressive and negligent defense strategies.
What Do I need To know About My Electrocution Case?
When a family member is tragically murdered or injured as a result of an electrical utility firm’s negligence, knowing what to do first may seem daunting. But, to begin, you need only two things to know that will safeguard you in the event of a lawsuit against a utility company:
- Hire an excellent and experienced electrocution lawyer as soon as possible: This is critical because the utility company is building its defense in anticipation of a lawsuit once it learns about the accident.
- Make sure the attorney has assembled the greatest team of national experts available to investigate and prosecute the claims against your electric power company: This is critical since, like any other corporation, the utility will have its own robust defense force. To obtain a fair and just outcome, plaintiff’s experts must be able to face off against defense experts head-on.
How Can An Experienced Electrocution Attorney Help Me?
The following are the three most important elements of an electrocution case that your lawyer must understand in order to defend you properly.
Utility providers are essentially huge monopolies with enormous wallets that are regulated by government agencies. Because to this, you’ll need an expert electrocution lawyer on your side with the resources and competence to battle utility companies toe-to-toe.
Here are some crucial things to remember if you need legal assistance following a shock:
- The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC): It’s critical that you choose an electrical lawyer who is familiar with the complicated National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), which lays out minimal requirements for utility companies. Electric firms frequently use specialists to twist the NESC in their favor.
- Witnesses: It’s critical you retain the services of an attorney with experience in obtaining the greatest possible expert witness testimony to show why the electric utility was negligent. Electrical injuries and deaths may be quite serious, so it’s critical that your lawyer knows how to get the most out of each compensation claim.
- Insurance policies: It’s also crucial that your attorneys understand the ins and outs of the many insurance plans available to guarantee you get all of the compensation you’re owed.
How Much Does An Attorney For A Person Who Has Been Electrocuted Cost?
Our attorneys charge a contingency fee, which means you’re not charged unless and until we win.
Injuries or the families of individuals who have been killed in electrocution accidents might be afraid that they won’t be able to afford an electrocution lawyer, much alone the best in the country.
However, because most accident attorneys would not charge you any money unless they succeed in winning your case, you can afford to hire the best and most successful representation. This is referred to as a “contingency fee” system, and our lawyers utilize it.
When an electrical accident occurs, you need someone on your side who knows what they’re doing and has the financial means and talent to go toe-to-toe with major utility organizations. And a contingency payment system allows this to happen, regardless of your financial situation or any personal risk.
How The Contingency Fee System Works
When an electrocution lawyer accepts a contingency fee, the client does not pay anything up front.
If your lawyer loses the case, you won’t be responsible for their costs. To put it another way, if you don’t recover any pain and suffering damages or other monetary losses, you will not have to pay attorney fees.
What Causes Death As A Result Of Electricity Lines?
We try to give families answers to the questions they’re asking.
Electrical accidents kill more than 300 people each year in the United States, as well as members of the general public who are exposed to power line dangers. The most frequent cause of fatalities among those deaths is contact with overhead power lines, which has a fatality rate of over 50%.
Although it might be difficult, relatives of those who have died violently often want to understand what occurred so that they can make sense of such a terrible loss.
The electricity enters the body at the point of contact with the power source, generally a hand or head, and travels through the body until it exits at the nearest point of ground, generally taking the most direct route. By directly touching the power line, or by indirectly touching something that the power line contacts, someone may be electrocuted.
It’s critical to comprehend the high electrical voltage from power lines. The average voltage is around 13,200 volts. In comparison, the electric chair’s lethal Voltage was between 5,000 and 200 volts.
The following are some of the ways that a direct current can kill you if it goes through your heart:
- Ventricular fibrillation: A condition in which the cardiac muscle of the ventricles fails to contract effectively, producing them to twitch rather than contract properly.
- Bradycardia: A slower than usual heart rate.
- Respiratory arrest: When the lungs fail to function effectively, they cease functioning normally and breathing is stopped.
- Hyperthermia: Excessive heat generation or absorption, resulting in a buildup of body temperature. When the tissues are heated, hyperthermia is produced as a result of tissue damage.
- Fluid loss.
- Metabolic acidosis: Excess acid in the body or insufficient kidney excretion are the causes.
- Direct injury to vital structures.
- Blasts and explosions.
- Secondary trauma: Secondary injuries from contact with power lines, such as those sustained in a fall after making contact.
- Sepsis: When the virus attacks a specific cell in the body, inflammation may be induced by chemicals sent into the circulation to battle the infection.
Is It Possible To File A Workers’ Compensation Claim For My Electrocution Injuries?
Workers’ compensation may apply if you are killed or injured by electricity while on the job.
In a work wrongful death claim related to electrocution injuries, the family is reimbursed for actual expenditures and the continuing “cost” of losing their loved one’s companionship, emotional and financial assistance, and parental guidance to minor children.
If there is an accident, workers’ compensation claims will cover medical expenses, missed pay, rehabilitation, disability, and pain and suffering.
Given the many contractors that may be involved in inspecting, maintaining, and repairing electrical lines, there’s a fair chance in every scenario that persons other than the direct employer will be held liable under workers’ compensation.
This likewise applies in the instance that an employee is unable to bring a claim under work compensation rules. If a utility employee is seriously burned or killed in an electric shock accident, for example, he or she might be able to sue the utility that was supposed to inspect the poles and the firm that was responsible for maintaining tree branches near them.
Is There Anything Else I Can Do To Get Compensated For My Injuries Without Going Through The Workers’ Compensation System?
Workers’ compensation may apply in cases of electrocution, however it’s vital to remember that there are other legal procedures available. Also, lawyers who aren’t familiar with workers’ compensation law frequently err by focusing solely on a workers’ compensation claim.
That is why our attorneys don’t do that. We review all of the past contractors and parties who have held power line installation responsibilities to identify any more potential defendants. Because the power line is attached to a utility pole or aerial, it may be owned by either a power company or an electricity provider. A contractor hired to inspect or repair the pole or top facilities of the utility pole may all be responsible parties:
At no cost or obligation, our attorneys are ready to answer your questions. We’ll take all the time you need to explain your rights following a workplace electrocution accident and determine whether a workers’ compensation claim is appropriate for the circumstances of your case.
What Is The Procedure For Conducting An Inquiry Following A Fatal Electric Shock?
When it comes to investigating an electrocution case, attorneys face several difficulties if they are unfamiliar with this highly technical and unique area of law or do not have the resources or understanding to go up against big-pocketed utilities.
The electric utility firms – especially if they caused the accident – are the first parties to be contacted, since they must manage the dangerous power source. So promptly after there’s been an electrocution fatality or significant damage, attorneys for electric companies and their legal investigators arrive on the scene. What the defense attorneys find, on the other hand, is generally kept from the victim’s family due to special privileges granted to them by power providers, such as attorney-client privilege or work product privilege.
As a result, the legal team for the electrocution victim’s family must have the ability and knowledge to find out as much as possible about what occurred and what was said while the accident scene was still fresh and undisturbed.
Because of the limitations imposed on them by law, defense attorneys are frequently motivated to hide behind their special legal privileges in order to mislead investigators regarding the facts and circumstances. We employ every conceivable technique to obtain information that is frequently intentionally hidden from us as defense lawyers seek to conceal behind their legal immunities.
To ensure that the facts that led to the death or injury of your loved one are discovered, and the electric utility company and other parties are held liable, we follow these procedures in each and every accident:
- Build a national team of witnesses that includes experts in engineering, scientific and medical fields.
- Assist clients in overcoming the expense of litigation by paying their legal fees or reimbursing them.
Call us at (888) 997-2148 right away, there is no charge for your first case evaluation.
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