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What legal recourse do victims of electrocution have?
If the electrocution was work-related, the victim may be eligible for workers’ compensation and/or pursue a third-party lawsuit against any other responsible parties. If the injury was caused by a defective appliance, the victim may be able to pursue a defective product lawsuit. Faulty wiring can be a premises liability lawsuit. Victims of electrocution should contact a personal injury attorney to find out what legal options they have.
What are some of the more frequent electrocution injuries?
- Brain damage: If the brain or nervous system is electrocuted, injuries can include confusion, memory loss, and seizures.
- Burns: Severe burns in the areas where the electric current entered and exited the body.
- Cardiac injuries: If the electricity passes through the victim’s heart, it can cause irregularities or stop the house completely.
- Fall injuries: The victim can lose consciousness and suffer a fall, especially if the incident occurs on a job site.
- Fractures: When the muscles contract forcefully from the electric current, bones can fracture
- Internal injuries: The current can damage any one or more of the internal organs.
- Muscles injuries: The contraction from the electric current can cause tearing of the muscles.
- Respiratory arrest: If the current hits the brain or chest muscles, the lungs can be affected, and breathing could be difficult or stop completely.
What is an electrocution injury?
The human body conducts electricity. This is why any contact between a part of the body and a source of electrical energy can result in electrocution. This type of injury can cause many types of serious injuries, including death. Electrocution can occur from a defective appliance, faulty wiring, downed power line, or in the workplace.
Where do electric shock injuries occur?They can happen almost anywhere. Electric shock injuries that lead to serious injury and death may happen at your place of employment when using electrical equipment. They can happen to pedestrians who are injured by a fallen power line. Some of our electrocution injury cases occurred on construction sites, or when the victim was working on cable lines or trees.
What are some of the possible injuries from a major electric shock?Most victims will suffer from both external and internal burns. Some will also suffer heart problems, nerve damage, brain damage, and even paralysis. And these injuries are only if the victim survives the shock event.
What is dangerous about an electric shock injury?Many people think of an electric shock injury as a sting/buzz they feel if they touch a turned on light socket without a lightbulb. But a serious electric shock can be a terrible injury with long-term effects for the accident victim. Some major electric shocks have even been known to toss the victim several feet in the air, leading to even worse injuries.
What are my legal options if I suffer an electrical shock injury on the job?Worker's compensation laws preclude you from filing a lawsuit against your own employer in most cases. However, if the injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, such as a subcontractor, you may be able to file a lawsuit against that entity. If a defective product was involved, a product liability lawsuit is a possibility.
How common are electrical shock injuries?The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there are approximately 320 deaths and 4,000 injuries annually from electrical shocks.
What are some common causes of electrical shock injuries in Virginia?Our Virginia personal injury attorneys have heard about electrical shock injuries caused by cranes or hoists. Construction workers and crane operators are at higher risk from electrocution. Also, electrical contractors in Virginia have been known to suffer electric shock injuries when electrical work is substandard. Powerline repairs are also a frequent cause of injury and death.
Should I call 911 for an electric shock injury?You should call 911 if the electric shock injury is serious, and also in any case if the source of the shock was a high voltage wire or lightning. Some serious electric shock symptoms include burns, confusion, breathing difficulty, cardiac arrest, muscle pain, and seizures.