Electrical accidents are serious matters that often result in severe injuries and potentially even death. They can occur due to numerous factors at the workplace, in commercial spaces, and anywhere else near power lines and electrical equipment, putting just about everyone at risk.
At Law Offices of Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A., we help victims of electrical accidents receive compensation for their injuries, regardless of the accident’s cause. Our Coral Springs electrical accident lawyers possess the skills and experience to obtain a settlement for construction workers, factory employees, farmers, shop patrons, mechanics, homeowners, bystanders, and anyone else who has been hurt by electricity due to the negligence of another party.
Common Causes of Electrical Accidents
Most electrical accidents tend to occur at construction sites; in fact, electrocution is the second leading cause of death for construction workers. However, anyone who comes into contact with faulty or exposed electrical equipment can suffer injury. Since electricity is so widely used, that’s a lot of people, which is why our practice is proud to represent anyone injured by electricity in Florida.
Electrical accidents are often caused by:
- A failure to enforce safety regulations,
- Old or substandard wiring,
- Power cords that run under carpeting or are obstructive,
- Flammable objects placed near electrical wiring,
- Lack of preventive methods and equipment,
- Negligent maintenance or repair of electrical equipment, and
- Downed power lines.
If you are a construction or other worker whose job requires working with or around electrical equipment and wiring, take safety regulations seriously and report anyone who doesn’t. Your health and safety are far more important than your job.
If you don’t work with electrical equipment, it still helps to be aware of the risks electrical accidents pose. Most of us live, work, or do other activities near power lines regularly, so watch out for downed or active lines. Also, be careful when building or repairing something using power tools or involving electricity. Even using normal electrical equipment can result in short-circuits, exposed wires, and insulation breaks.
Injuries Caused by Electrical Accidents
Major risks associated with electrical accidents are burns, nerve damage, heart trouble, and death. The enormous energy present in power lines and electrical equipment can cause a wide range of other minor to severe injuries, however.
The most common electrical accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Electrical burns
- Ventricular fibrillation
- Ultimately death
- Interference with and damage to the nervous system
- Spinal cord injury from muscular contraction
Overall, electrical injuries tend to fall into one of the following three categories:
- Electric shock: Also known as electrocution, electric shock occurs when an extremity comes into contact with an electric current. Because the human body is made up of mostly water, it conducts electricity very easily. Electrocution can result in minor to severe injuries, the most serious of which can cause respiratory and heart failure.
- Electrical burns: Severe electric shock can cause both internal and external tissue to burn, leading to serious injury.
- Electrical fires: When an electric current ignites something, individuals caught in the resulting fire can suffer burns and smoke inhalation from the flames. Electrical fires are especially dangerous due to water potentially exposing victims to further shock.
Electrical Accident Liability
The person, people, company, or other entity who are at fault for an electrical accident depends on the nature of the accident itself. Determining liability can be difficult due to the many jurisdictions electrical accidents can fall under; however, an experienced attorney can make this process much easier.
If you are a construction, farm, factory, or other employee who was injured by electricity on the job (or if a close family member of yours was killed in an electrical accident at work), your best source of compensation is likely through the state’s workers’ compensation system. However, depending on how the accident happened, you may be able to sue your employer or a third party instead of or in addition to receiving workers’ comp benefits.
If your accident took place on someone’s property, such as a store you are shopping in or a friend’s home you’re visiting, the property owner may be liable for damages. In other cases, you may be able to sue an electrical company or a product manufacturer. Ultimately, each case is unique, meaning that liability will vary as well.
Consulting with a lawyer can help you pinpoint exactly who is at fault and what your best method of obtaining compensation is. Our Coral Springs electrical accident attorneys are standing by to answer all your questions during a free consultation, so feel free to reach out to us to discuss your case.
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