Electrocution injuries go far beyond simply getting shocked. Electrical current passing through the body can cause a heart attack, brain damage, and/or lung failure. Victims of electrocution are likely to experience deep thermal burns and nerve damage as well. Being electrocuted is also extremely frightening. Because electricity is so powerful, potentially causing multiple harms, electrocution injuries are often very serious, not only involving severe physical injuries but also psychological and emotional damage as well. At Payer & Associates, we provide strong legal representation for victims of electrocution injuries, working to obtain maximum compensation for every single loss stemming from an electrocution accident.
Electrocution Injuries Giving Rise to Legal Claims
Our bodies conduct electricity very well, which means electricity passes easily through our skin and internal organs. In turn, even after a “minor” electrocution accident, there still may be serious internal damage to the heart, muscles, or brain. Many electrocution injuries are caused by unsafely maintained, manufactured, or designed electrical wiring, with an exceedingly high number of electrocution accidents occurring on construction sites. In fact, electrocution is the second leading cause of death for construction workers after falls.
Electrocution injuries and accidents that warrant legal action in the form of a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit can include:
- Electrical shock resulting from drilling in an area with hidden electrical wires, which should have been marked
- Electrocution caused by exposed wires that should have been insulated and grounded
- Electrical shock caused by the operation of electrical equipment near flammable gas, vapor, liquids or dust
- Electrocution injuries caused by the failure to properly monitor and secure power cords to avoid cutting, pulling, and tripping
- Electrocution injuries arising from the lack of appropriate safety equipment and training
- Fall injuries occurring after contact with an electrical source
Given the often-unseen danger of electricity, jobsite managers and employers are responsible for identifying potential electrical hazards and implementing appropriate safety precautions, such as warning signs and barricades, to prevent accidental contact with live electrical wires. When electrocution injuries occur because important safeguards were lacking or carelessly applied, those responsible for maintaining jobsite safety should be held accountable for their negligence and failure to protect workers. The personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates are proud to advocate on behalf of electrocution injury victims and their families.
In Miami, Contact Payer & Associates for Help after Sustaining an Electrocution Injury
While electricity is everywhere in most industries, electrocution accidents should not be the result of substandard safety practices. If you or a loved one has suffered an electrocution injury in the Miami area, please contact the personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates to schedule a free consultation. We will determine who may be held legally responsible for your injuries and damages, and we will work tirelessly to obtain the maximum amount of compensation available to you.