Electrical-Related Workplace Accidents
News 4 Jax recently reported that two workers unfortunately suffered electrical burns in a Fernandina Beach power line accident. The weekday afternoon incident which occurred near the Thomas J. Shave Jr. Bridge reportedly left power lines down and thousands of Amelia Island residents without power for hours. According to updates obtained from the Nassau County Emergency Management, one worker is still battling 3rd-degree burns and the other apparently has 1st and 2nd-degree burns.
The Risks of Electrocution
Electricity is undoubtedly one of the most helpful inventions of all time which most of us utilize in a variety of ways every single day. However, this is also one of the most potentially dangerous sources of energy for any worker to come into contact with. For example, the U.S. Department of Labor has consistently included electrocution as one of the leading causes of death for construction workers. Unfortunately, contact with electricity on a worksite typically results in serious injury and death for the workers who find themselves in this situation.
The Implications of Electrical-Related Workplace Accidents
Many workplace accidents involving electrocution unfortunately result in fatalities. However, there are also long-lasting effects to those employees who are injured in electrocution incidents that do not prove fatal. In many cases these injuries result in lengthy battles for recovery that require the treatment of specialists and rehabilitation services for the injured worker. Specifically, workers who have come into contact with electricity while on the job site may incur:
- Internal and external burns
- Harm to organs
- Nerve damage
- Muscle impairment
How Injured Workers Afford the Care That They Need
Generally speaking, the law here in Florida provides that workers who are injured on-the-job are entitled to the benefits of workers’ compensation. This no-fault insurance is required for most employers and entitles workers to compensation to cover expenses resulting from a workplace injury such as:
- Emergency medical attention
- Doctor visits
- Lost wages
However, in many circumstances, it takes the help of the right attorney to obtain the workers’ compensation benefits that are deserved. Even in what may seem like a fairly straightforward case, the employer’s workers’ compensation attorney and insurance company may make this process very difficult and even deny what should be a successful obvious claim. For this reason, one of the best things you can do after obtaining medical assistance is reach out for legal help as soon as possible.
Our Focus is on Helping You be Successful
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an electrical-related workplace accident, incident while working in the scope of employment, you may be legally entitled to financial compensation. You will need to act quickly and efficiently to ensure your rights are protected. As the Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates, we have significant experience advocating for workers who have been injured in workplace accidents of all kinds. We are dedicated to helping injured workers successfully obtain fair financial compensation for their injuries. We will dedicate ourselves to you as soon as you reach out for help to begin.