Get a Dedicated Electrocution Lawyer After an Electrocution or Arc Flash Accident
Electrocution is one of the most substantial and prevalent injuries in the workplace. It is necessary for the protection of not only workers but also the community for employers to obey the rules and regulations set forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and if they choose not to do so, then they must pay for the failure to abide by the rules, laws, and regulations put in place to safeguard workers and secure their families future.
The Impact of Electricity
Experiencing an electrocution injury is a terrible and painful ordeal. When the human body is endangered and exposed to substantial amounts of electricity, it acts as a conductor; meaning the electricity flows through the body. With that said, in the event a worker or innocent bystander comes into contact with an electrical current, then severe, sometimes life-threatening injuries will result. Electrical shock manages to kill a person in one of three methods, cardiac arrest, thermal burns or destroying the body to such a degree that nerves, muscles, and tissues are severely damaged.
After a grave shock, many sufferers do not realize the full extent of their injuries and, in some cases are able to walk or call for help.
Clashing with a large majority of views, when workers are electrocuted numerous injuries occur other than burns. For instance, after being electrocuted a worker experiences muscle spasms, breathing problems, disorientation, and in some cases cardiac distress; thus, it is necessary for the worker to seek medical treatment promptly. Employees are often electrocuted by:
- Contact with damaged or revealed wires
- Using defective, malfunctioning, or faulty equipment
- Contact with power lines or high-voltage batteries
- Metal items being placed into an electrical outlet
Employer Responsibility for ARC Flashes and Electrocution
Employers have a definite obligation to ensure that employees have a secure and safe work environment. If an employer disregards these responsibilities and rule or employs in reckless or careless management practices, then the employer is responsible for subsequent harm. To decrease the chance of electrical shock and ARC flashes at work sites, employers should engage in:
- Ensure that workers have proper training and are familiar with safety protocols
- Remove or repair exposed outlets, power lines, broken wires, and batteries.
- Warrant that workers comprehend how to use high-voltage equipment correctly.
- Have a trained expert periodically inspect the quality and safety of equipment and the premises.
- Instantly report and record electrocutions to the proper officials.
- Remove or repair malfunctioning appliances and equipment from the work site.
- Hold discussions with employees regarding the dangers of electrocution, and what steps to take in the event of an emergency.
If an employer fails to employ and abide by the above activities, then the employer is liable for the resulting harm that workers may endure.
If you or a loved one were harmed in an accident involving an ARC flash or an electrocution, then you may be able to seek money damages for any of the following:
- Current medical bills
- Cost of future medical bills connected to your injury (skin grafts, therapy, reconstructive surgeries, etc.)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning potential
- Property loss
- Permanent injury or disability
- Costs of physical therapy
- Costs of rehabilitation
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of a limb
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of home health nursing
- Household and vehicle modifications if needed
- Reduction of earning capacity
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life (activities enjoyed before injury that you or your loved one or no longer to partake in)
Wrongful Death by Electrocution or Arc Flash
Every year workers die from a terrifying ARC flashes and electrocutions. Depending on the details of the electrocution or ARC flash, even if you are getting your loved one’s workers’ compensation benefits, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit. As long as you can demonstrate that there was negligent, careless, or reckless behavior that led to the ARC flash or electrocution, due to the employer’s actions, then you must file a wrongful death suit. Attaining victory in a wrongful death suit could allow you and family members to receive monetary compensation for:
• Medical bills
• Funeral expenses
• Emotional pain and suffering
• Loss of companionship
• Loss of future wages and savings
Your ability to obtain victory in a wrongful death lawsuit will mainly hinge on you selecting an experienced, dedicated, determined, and knowledgeable electrocution injury lawyer. The adversary will have access to a team of lawyers, a house of experts, and other individuals and businesses in their pocket that could easily jeopardize your probabilities of winning if you do not choose your attorney wisely.
Win Your Case By Hiring A Skilled Electrocution Lawyer After an Electrocution or Arc Flash Accident
The Testa Law Group knows how to handle electrocution cases, and if you hire us, you will have access to an experienced electrocution injury lawyer with a history of winning. Contact us by calling 877-780-9052 today for a free consultation with an electrocution injury lawyer.